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Trichocereus peruvianus – Sausage (cactus)


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Trichocereus peruvianus is a fast growing columnar cactus native to the western slope of the Andes in Peru, between about 2000–3000m above sea level. Common names include Peruvian Torch. Used traditionally for divination and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Also called Echinopsis peruviana.

The Sausage Plant (or Sausage Cactus as its sometimes known) is a relatively short spined Trichocereus peruvianus or T. peruvianus/pachanoi hybrid. The name refers to the segmented growth, as it has a tendency to terminate growth and then reshoot on top of that termination. Obviously that reminded someone of a string of sausages, hence the name.

Care and Cultivation of Trichocereus peruvianus

Trichocereus cacti are native to regions of Ecuador, Peru and into Bolivia. Other species have a more southern distribution, several as far as Argentina. They dislike high humidity and tend to grow best in the more southern areas of Australia, the best specimens are in Victoria and South Australia. They also do very well in arid and subtropical situations. Use a soil mix like you would for a normal garden plant, ie. not cactus mix. We top dress with 5-7mm gravel. Regular applications of fertiliser and dolomite lime keep growth strong. Water when dry or more frequently, they are pretty adaptable! They can be planted into a well drained part of the garden in full to part sun.

1 cactus cutting (110-200mm tip cutting) 


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