Trichocereus scopulicola x Trichocereus terscheckii ‘Dawson’s Short Spine’ | 25 seeds
Another excellent Trichocereus cross from Australia, Trichocereus scopulicola x Trichocereus terscheckii ‘Dawson’s Short Spine’ really is worth your time! For the serious cactus growers. Great quality seed and another of our EU exclusives!
Trichocereus scopulicola (syn. Echinopsis scopulicola, Trichocereus scopulicolus) is encountered only rarely in the wild, sometimes 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 has very short spines – which means handling larger specimens is much less painful! 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 to Trichocereus bridgesii, with which it readily forms hybrids (obviously!).
Trichocereus terscheckii (syn. Echinopsis terscheckii) is a large columnar cactus native to areas of Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Growing well in USDA Hardiness Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13, this hardy species is commonly known as the ‘Cardón Grande’ or ‘Argentine Saguaro’. It’s also known (less often) as the ‘Cardón’, ‘Cardón Santos’, ‘Golden Saguaro’, ‘San Pedro’ and ‘South American Saguaro’.
Similarly to other closely-related Trichocereus – such as Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’) and Trichocereus peruvianus (‘Peruvian Torch’) – terscheckii produces branching columns (up to roughly ten metres high and fifty centimetres in diameter). As with the more celebrated Trichocereus species, terscheckii has a long history of use in traditional healing medicine, being considered as a sacred plant by many indigenous peoples. Besides these medicinal traditions, Trichocereus terscheckii is useful as a universal grafting stock which offers a high success rate and long lifespan of speedy and steady growth. Further, the species is also grown as a hedge or fence plant – a function for which it is eminently suitable!
As with most Trichocereus cactus species, these hybrid seeds are very easy to germinate and grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11. Their main requirements consist of high humidity levels, free-draining (mildly acidic to mildly alkaline) soil and sufficient light, water and nutrients. Space plants roughly three metres apart to allow them enough room to reach maturity.
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