(Trichocereus ‘Super Pedro’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Psycho0 #1’) x T. bridgesii ‘Anna’ | 25 seeds
A great addition to our selection, (Trichocereus ‘Super Pedro’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Psycho0 #1’) x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Anna’ originates from an extremely experienced Australian grower and combines three great named clones. Great quality seed and another EU exclusive!
The mother of this cool crossbreed is itself a hybrid, Trichocereus ‘Super Pedro’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Psycho0 #1′.
‘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. 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.
The extremely popular ‘Psycho0’ clone is commonly considered to be a gorgeous strain of the fast-growing Trichocereus bridgesii (syn: Echinopsis lageniformis, ‘Bolivian Torch’) – although it has been suggested it may have been crossed with something else somewhere along the way. The ‘Psycho0’ usually produces bridgesii-complex plants with strong, long yellow spines – often forming three which are unusually strong and unique in appearance. It can also produce both short-spined and more traditional bridgesii-type cacti. Originating from the Australian Trichocereus community, it was initially distributed among a few SAB forum members and was named in memory of a community member who passed away. The ‘#1’ simply refers to the grower’s system for keeping track of especially interesting plants (for example, we also sell some of their other ‘Psycho0’ crosses).
The father strain, ‘Anna’, is another nice example of Trichocereus bridgesii, 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. Easily grown indoors in the UK and Europe!
All the seed sold by Arkham’s Botanical was freshly and ethically sourced