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Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Ayni’ (cactus)

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Trichocereus pachanoi is a South American cactus species used traditionally for divining purposes. Named after Professor Aberlardo Pachano who travelled with Dr. Rose, the original western collector, in 1918 (Trout, 2005). An upright species to 6 metres tall. Also an excellent grafting stock.

A Trichocereus pachanoi named after the Andean word Ayni, the force of reciprocity; “The law of ayni is a multifaceted concept. But, put simply: “When you give something, you are entitled to get something back, and when you get something you have an obligation to reciprocate and give something back.” When the Q’ero call it the sacred art of recipro- city, it is because they want to bring the energy back to the divine – to that which is One. Ayni is more than that, however. It is about lifting each other up to higher levels so that everyone grows. It is about sharing, so all have what they need. It is about sharing knowledge and wisdom so that humanity grows and harmony is strength- ened. Ayni is a form of equality. But it is an equality that lifts all at the same time to ever-higher common heights, instead of pulling some up and others down so that all, in time, meet in the middle and stay there.” from Inka WorldSeeds collected in habitat by Chavin Herbalists.

Care and Cultivation of Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Ayni’

Keep Ayni in part-shade until large enough to deal with full-sun, which will depend on the increasing exposure you give the cactus. Once established, Trichocereus species can be watered most of the year in all climates, although they will cease to grow or slow right down over winter in colder areas. Fertilise regularly with fish emulsion/seaweed at half strength over the growing season.

1 cactus seedling (70-100mm tall)


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