Trichocereus huascha 8.5cm
Trichocereus huascha Britton & Rose
Διάμετρος γλάστρας:8.5εκ., Ύψος:15εκ.
Very flashy cactus, whose name derives from the Argentine location from which it comes; it has often been renamed due to some of its characteristics being common to the families of Trichocereus, Echinopsis and Lobivia.
It has stems that reach even a meter in height, while they remain with a diameter of a few centimeters and tend to branch only at the base, creating extremely suggestive thorny bushes.
They grow rather rapidly, developing upwards with light green colored ribs and needle-like spines, long and thin of a beautiful bright yellow color, sometimes brownish, which cover the entire stem and give it a wild apperance.
The plant is further livened up in summer when large, bright red funnel-shaped flowers appear near the apex (hence the name by which it is commonly known as "red torch").
- It likes an exposure to full sun in rather airy locations.
- It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures and never below 6 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it during the winter period.
- Water moderately, only when the soil is completely dry. It is enough to water the plant once a week in spring and summer, once a month in autumn and to suspend watering completely in winter.
- The best option is a soil suitable for cacti, even better if further mixed with pumice or lapilli.
- They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.