Trichocereus scopulicola (syn. Echinopsis scopulicola) | 25 seeds
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).
Besides their traditional use, 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 seeds are very easy to germinate and grow and their main requirements consisting of high humidity levels, 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!
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced this year