Trichocereus scopulicola x Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Yowie’ | 25 seeds
Arkham’s Botanical is pleased to say that we’re the only UK-source for these amazing high-quality Australian Trichocereus crossbreed seeds, so order some fantastic Trichocereus scopulicola x Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Yowie’ genetics for your garden while you can!
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 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).
‘Yowie’ is a fantastic named clone of Trichocereus pachanoi (syn. Echinopsis pachanoi), a fast-growing columnar cactus found naturally in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. A native of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Andes Mountains, where it prefers an altitude range of around 6,600 to 9,800 feet, pachanoi has been used for by humans for more than three thousand years, variously as an ornamental, for religious divination and in traditional medicine (human and animal). Another close relative is Trichocereus peruvianus.
Light to dark green in colour, pachanoi grows up to twenty feet tall (although the highest recorded was forty feet!) under ideal conditions in USDA Zones 8b-10. Its stems, usually forming multiple branches from the plants base, grow up to fifteen centimetres in diameter and generally possess six to eight ribs. Its origins in the Andes enable it to withstand far lower temperatures than can many other cacti and it’s consequently easy to grow indoors and outdoors in most areas.
Besides their traditional use, many columnar Trichocereus are used as universal grafting stock (offering a high success rate and a long-lifetime of speedy and consistent growth), as a hedge plant and as spiky natural fencing against human or animal intrusion too!
These seeds are very easy to germinate and grow, indoors or outdoors, and their main requirements consisting of high humidity levels, a free-draining soil mix and enough water, light and nutrients.
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