Trichocereus scopulicola x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Tig’ | 25 seeds
Arkham’s Botanical is happy to announce we are the only place in the UK you can buy these fantastic (and very viable) Australian Trichocereus hybrid seeds, so you better grab these nice Trichocereus scopulicola x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Tig’ genetics while you can!
Trichocereus scopulicola (syn. Echinopsis scopulicola, Trichocereus scopulicolus) grows at roughly one to one and a half thousand metres elevation, in Bolivia’s Department Tarija. Unlike many other Trichocereus, it possesses unusually short spines, which means it’s that much more pleasant when handling them is required! A fast-growing columnar type reaching 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). It’s also related to Trichocereus pachanoi.
‘Tig’ is a well-known named clone of Trichocereus bridgesii (syn. Echinopsis lageniformis) – another fast-growing columnar type, which grows to roughly six metres high, branching out at the base to form stems of up to around twenty centimetres thick. Mature bridgesii can grow up to thirty centimetres a year in ideal conditions and really are beautiful plants – highly recognisable by their fierce spines that can reach up to ten centimetres in length!
As with some other Trichocereus species, they have long been used by Bolivian shamans in healing rituals and are regarded by them as possessing sacred and protective properties. Besides this traditional use, the species (along with other columnar Trichocereus) is regarded as a universal grafting stock, offering a high success rate and a long-lifetime of speedy and consistent growth.
These hybrid seeds are very easy to germinate and grow indoor or outdoors, with the main requirements being relatively high humidity levels, a free-draining soil mix and enough water, light and nutrients.
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced in 2018-2019