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Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Yowie’ (cactus)


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Trichocereus pachanoi (also called Echinopsis pachanoi) is a South American columnar cactus species used traditionally for divining/healing purposes. Named after Professor Aberlardo Pachano who travelled with Dr. Rose, the original western collector, in 1918 (Trout, 2005). Native to mountainous areas of Ecuador and Peru (between 1500m and 2700m). The common name refers to Saint Peter, who guards the gates of heaven.

An upright species to 6 metres tall. Also an excellent grafting stock. More robust and adaptable than Pereskiopsis but considerably slower, albeit longer lived.

This plant (Yowie) has to be one of my favorite Pachanoi forms, looks to be more like the Pachanoi found in Peru. Has very distinct spination, with 2 spines pointing down. Also the spines are longer than the usual Pachanoi. Can be quite fat and really stands out. Beautiful cactus. Has a really nice column shape. Not sure where it originates, but likely from Fields Cactus Farm, my clones however and alot of the plants going by this name come from a clone found in Yarrawonga. I know Fields has this and I’ll have to get a cutting from him as well, just incase his is a different clone (although I doubt it), it is also found a lot interstate and is common in New Zealand. Fast grower so far, and really different. Awesome plant. Taken from trichoseriousethnobotany.

Care and Cultivation of Trichocereus pachanoi

San Pedro likes a well drained potting mix (just a normal plant mix, it doesn’t have to be a cacti blend) and a full sun position. Coming from mountainous regions, it thrives in Southern Australia and also through subtropical Australia. Apply fertiliser in spring and throughout the year, less to zero in winter/cold periods. Trichocereus species can be watered most of the year in all climates. Cold and drought hardy, frost tolerant.

1 cactus cutting (120-200mm long, tip or mid cut)


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