Trichocereus ‘Super Pedro’ x (Trichocereus ‘Los Banos’ x Trichocereus pallarensis) | 25 seeds
Now this one’s a definite rarity – Trichocereus ‘Super Pedro’ x (Trichocereus ‘Los Banos’ x Trichocereus pallarensis) is an Australian three-way crossbreed that manages to cram in rather a lot of rare genetics! We’re excited to offer limited stocks of this great seed as another of our EU exclusives.
The mother of this hybrid, ‘Super Pedro’, is a coveted ‘named clone’ from Australia, variously suggested to be a hybrid of species including (controversially) Trichocereus cordobensis, Trichocereus pachanoi 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 father variety is itself a rather desirable cactus crossbreed, Trichocereus ‘Los Banos’ x Trichocereus pallarensis, which is only rarely distributed on the collector’s circuit.
‘Los Banos’ is a fairly fat variety from Los Baños in Ecuador, which appears to be from the pachanoi end of the spectrum and – tantalisingly! – is often reported to display on-again-off-again monstrose tendencies as it matures.
Trichocereus pallarensis (syn. Echinopsis pallarensis) is an exceedingly rare and often disputed species, which appears to occur on the same continuum as Trichocereus pachanoi, Trichocereus peruvianus (‘Peruvian Torch’) and Trichocereus santaensis. Apparently native to only two or three regions of northern Peru (where it grows at between two and a half thousand and three thousand metres above sea level), pallarensis was first noticed around 1961, when Fredrick Ritter named it as a species – despite also describing it as a variety of Trichocereus pachanoi! As far as we’re aware, at least two collections of this cactus have been recorded: ‘FR676’ and ‘FR1468’.
Highly similar to pachanoi in appearance, pallarensis is a slightly stout, columnar green cactus which possesses thin, brown-honey-tan spines, up to roughly fifty millimetres in length. The flowers are white and are followed by fruit up to approximately five centimetres long, three or four centimetres in diameter and covered in grey hairs.
As with most Trichocereus cactus species, these 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!
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