(Trichocereus ‘Super Pedro’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Psycho0 #4’) x T. pachanoi ‘Hahn’ | 25 seeds
This is another one of our EU exclusive, three-way cactus hybrids! Rarely available on the European market, (Trichocereus ‘Super Pedro’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Psycho0 #4’) x Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Hahn’ originates from those talented folks in Australia – quality seeds, limited stock…
The mother of this cool hybrid is a crossbreed itself, Trichocereus ‘Super Pedro’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Psycho0 #4′.
‘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-type plants with strong, long yellow spines and often forms three that 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 ‘#4’ denotes specific plants used by the grower to create such hybrids.
Trichocereus bridgesii is a fast-growing columnar cactus from Bolivia which grows 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.
The father plant used here is ‘Hahn’, another Australian Trichocereus pachanoi (syn. Echinopsis pachanoi) strain. Pachanoi is a fast-growing columnar cactus occurring 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).
Pachanoi is a light to dark green cactus, growing 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.
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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