Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Machcas’ (cactus)
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 peruvianus originally collected in the zone of Chavin De Huantar, Callejon de los Conchucos. Generally short spined and dark green epidermis.
Care and Cultivation of Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Machcas’
Keep Trichocereus peruvianus 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. Osmocote is also useful.
1 cactus seedling (80-150mm tall)
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