Trichocereus ‘Super Pedro’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Short Spine’ | Seeds
We’re pleased to be stocking limited amounts of these great quality Trichocereus ‘Super Pedro’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Short Spine’ seeds from Australia. Another of our rapidly growing number of EU exclusives!
‘Super Pedro’ is a coveted ‘named clone’ from Australia, variously suggested to be a hybrid of species including (controversially) Trichocereus cordobensis, Trichocereus pachanoi (‘San Pedro’) and Trichocereus scopulicola. The ‘Super Pedro’ used here comes from plants which were open-pollinated by some of their neighbours – all great examples of Trichocereus clones and hybrids themselves – meaning there will be some nice and diverse genetics in the plants resulting from these seeds! Whatever its parentage, ‘Super Pedro’ is much-coveted for its fast and thick growth, as well as for its distinctive, sometimes glaucous, appearance. Also known by growers as ‘Lance’, ‘Shaman Bob’ and ‘Spiny Scopulicola’, the earliest source of this clone we can find seems to be the legendary Cactus Country farm in Victoria, Australia.
‘Short Spine’ is (you guessed it), a short-spined form of Trichocereus bridgesii (syn. Echinopsis lageniformis, aka ‘Achuma’, ‘Bolivian Torch’), which is a fast-growing columnar cactus from Bolivia. Bridgesii can grow up to roughly six metres high, branching at the base and forming stems of roughly fifteen to twenty centimetres cm in diameter. Under suitable conditions, mature plants will grow up to thirty centimetres or so a year! Closely-related to Trichocereus pachanoi and Trichocereus peruvianus (‘Peruvian Torch’), bridgesii is a beautiful cactus, recognisable by its four to ten centimetre long spines. It’s been used by Bolivian shaman, as a universal grafting stock (offering a high success rate and a long-life span of steady fast growth) and as a hedge or defensive plant.
Growing naturally at high altitude, bridgesii withstands temperatures below -12°C and can be grown indoors in the UK. The species is prized by cactus collectors both for its gorgeous appearance and for its very large (up to twenty centimetres in diameter) fragrant flowers, which are absolutely wonderful and bloom on summer nights.
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.
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced