Trichocereus scopulicola ‘FR911’ | Rooted plant
Trichocereus scopulicola (syn. Echinopsis scopulicola, Trichocereus scopulicolus) occurs rarely in the wild, but may sometimes be found growing in Bolivia’s Department Tarija, at an elevation of roughly one to one and a half thousand metres. Unlike many other columnar Trichocereus species, it possesses unusually short spines, which means it’s that much more pleasant when handling them is required! Growing to three or four metres tall and a maximum of around ten centimetres diameter, this night-flowering species is presumed to be a particularly close relative to Trichocereus bridgesii (with which it readily forms hybrids).
Most columnar Trichocereus are regarded as a universal grafting stock, offering a high success rate and a long-lifetime of speedy and consistent growth. They’re also often used in South America as a hedge plant and as spiky natural fencing against human or animal intrusion.
These cacti are very easy and highly rewarding to grow – all they need is a free-draining soil mix and enough water, light and nutrients. Easily grown indoors in the UK, every self-respecting Trichocereus fanatic should have at least one of these amazing plants in their garden!
Grown organically from seed in the Spanish sunshine!
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