Trichocereus scopulicola x Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Icaros DNA’ | 25 seeds
Here’s yet another nice cactus hybrid; the fantastic Trichocereus scopulicola x Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Icaros DNA’, all the way from Australia! This is another of our EU exclusives, so we seriously recommend growing some out if you can!
The father for this crossbreed is Trichocereus scopulicola (syn. Echinopsis scopulicola, Trichocereus scopulicolus). Found only rarely in the wild, it’s sometimes encountered growing in Bolivia’s Department Tarija, at an elevation of roughly one to one and a half thousand metres. Unlike many other Trichocereus species, this species has pleasingly short spines – making handling it much more fun! Growing to three or four metres tall and a maximum of around ten centimetres diameter once mature, this night-flowering species is presumed to be a particularly close relative of Trichocereus bridgesii (‘Bolivian Torch’), with which it readily forms hybrids.
The mother plant is the well-known Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Icaros DNA’, well-loved by the international community for over a decade! ‘Icaros DNA’ is an extremely reputable seed source based in Peru, who are especially respected for their high-quality and ethically-harvested Trichocereus peruvianus (syn. Echinopsis peruviana). Icaros collect their seed ethically and renewably from Matacuna in Peru – a region long-considered to possess the “truest” (non-cuzcoensis!) genetics of this species.
A very impressive, fast-growing columnar cactus related to Trichocereus bridgesii and Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’), peruvianus is considered by many to exist on a continuum or complex with both Trichocereus cuzcoensis and Trichocereus macrogonus. Covered with fierce, reddish-brown-white spines (between approximately two and eight centimetres long), it forms frosted blue-green columns up to approximately eighteen centimetres in diameter and six metres tall. Gorgeous, white to whitish blooms appear between late spring and summer. Native to the Peruvian Andes (growing at a height of around two thousand to three thousand metres), peruvianus is often used as a hedge plant and also as an important adjunct to certain indigenous medicine practices.
As with most Trichocereus species, these seeds are very easy to germinate and grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11. Sow in mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil, progressing from light shade to full to partial sun as the young plants mature. When transplanting into larger, separate containers (after the first year or so), space between fifty centimetres and a metre apart, so they have ample room to grow. Allow the soil to completely dry out before watering, reducing over the winter months to suit your local climate.
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced