Trichocereus taquimbalensis ‘JL4374’ | 25 seeds
Trichocereus taquimbalensis ‘JL4374’ is another of our UK exclusives, a nice Bolivian columnar species originating from a collection by French naturalist Joël Lodé.
Trichocereus taquimbalensis (syn. Echinopsis tacaquirensis subsp. taquimbalensis, Echinopsis taquimbalensis) is often available commercially, albeit commonly mislabelled as Trichocereus werdermannianus (with which it’s probably quite closely related). The original type species originates from Bolivia’s Taquimbala province, but there is also a recognised variety, var. wilkae, originating from Tupiza, Bolivia. To create even more confusion among amateur cultivators, currently-accepted taxonomy (as always with the Trichocereus, controversially!) combines taquimbalensis and Trichocereus tacaquirensis into one species, taking the latter’s name.
A bright-green, erect columnar cactus forming ribbed stems (six centimetres to fifteen centimetres in diameter and reaching up to roughly two-and-a-half metres tall), taquimbalensis is a fairly hardy and heavily spined (hard, brown-yellow-grey and up to seven or eight centimetres long) species. Gorgeous white (occasionally light pink), tubular blooms grow to around twenty-three centimetres in length and two to two-and-a-half centimetres in diameter. Unusually when compared to many of its genus, these flowers appear during the daytime.
This species occurs naturally in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11, where it grows on dry slopes and sparse forests at between 2,800 and 3,100 metres. It’s fairly easy to grow from seed whether indoors or outdoors, provided you’re in a suitable climate zone and use a mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil. Situate in full sun to partial shade, but be careful to avoid sunburn, as this species is a little more sensitive in that respect than its peers. Water in average (modest) amounts and space plants approximately a metre apart to allow them enough room to grow to their mature size.
Another cool Trichocereus species to add to your cactus garden – limited stocks!
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