Trichocereus validus | ‘Giant Cup Cactus’, ‘Spiny Hedgehog Cactus’ | ~10cm rooted plant
Originally gifted to us as a small pup of uncertain provenance, this Trichocereus validus (aka ‘Giant Cup Cactus’, ‘Spiny Hedgehog Cactus’) is apparently a pure strain, completely unrelated to the two or three other types available on the market! Perhaps needless to say, but this is another of our EU exclusives.
An attractive, columnar cactus species from Bolivia, validus is often conjectured to be a subspecies of/closely related to Trichocereus terscheckii, Trichocereus uyupampensis and/or Trichocereus werdermannianus. It’s synonymous with Cereus forbesii, Cereus validissimus, Echinopsis chacoana var. spinosior, Echinopsis forbesii, Echinopsis pentlandii var. forbesii, Echinopsis robbinsoniana, Echinopsis rhodotricha, Echinopsis rhodotricha subsp. chacoana, Echinopsis rhodotricha var. argentinensis, Echinopsis rhodotricha var. brevispina, Echinopsis rhodotricha var. robusta, Echinopsis rhodotricha var. roseiflora, Echinopsis spegazzinii, Echinopsis valida, Echinopsis validus, Echinopsis valida var. forbesii, Lobivia pentlandii var. forbesii, Trichocereus forbesii and Trichocereus rhodotricha.
Trichocereus validus is a dark green species which grows erect to approximately ten metes tall and roughly forty centimetres in diameter, branching slowly over time. Its spines, red-yellow-grey in colour, can reach up to around ten centimetres in length. The flowers of this species are lightly hairy, white to whitish in colour and up to approximately fifteen centimetres in length and diameter. Its hairy, round dark-green fruit is up to four centimetres or so long.
This species seems quite easy to grow from cuttings in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11 – especially when treated similarly to other Trichocereus species. Provide a well-drained soil, water only when the top layer becomes completely dry and fertilise over the summer months. Avoid frost at all costs, else your plant will most likely rot from the roots up!
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