(Soehrensia species x Trichocereus schickendantzii) cv. ‘Orange California’ | Live plant

20.23

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An extremely popular flowering cactus, also known as Echinopsis cv. Orange California, etc. Live plant.

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(Soehrensia species x Trichocereus schickendantzii) cv. ‘Orange California’ | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis cv. ‘Orange California’, Echinopsis hybrid cv. ‘Orange California’)

This listing is for the incredibly popular flowering hybrid cactus, (Soehrensia species x Trichocereus schickendantzii) cv. ‘Orange California’, synonymous with Echinopsis cv. ‘Orange California’, Echinopsis hybrid cv. ‘Orange California’, etc. Available as live, well-rooted plants.

First, we should thank cactus fanatic Patrick Noll for his amazing blog posts, where we discovered the identity of this hybrid’s parents! Developed by Swiss horticulturalist Hans Britsch (1933-2022), of Western Cactus Growers, ‘Orange California’ is part of a group known as the “California Hybrids”, which also includes notable Britsch hybrids such as ‘Flying Saucer’ and ‘Yellow California’. We’ve noticed an American vendor selling plants labelled as Trichocereus johnson hybrid ‘Orange California’ too, but we don’t know how this might relate to the Britsch cultivar (presumably “johnson” refers to another accomplished Echinopsis breeder, Harry Johnson? Please correct us if we’re wrong!).

So, ‘Orange California’ is a comparatively small, hardy green cactus known for its absolutely incredible, vibrant orange (tinged with pinks) flowers, which bloom during the spring months. While we don’t know exactly which Soehrensia species performed as this cultivar’s mother plant, we can say that Soehrensia is a large genus of cacti from South America, named in honour of Dutch botanist, cactus expert and Professor and Director of the Botanical Garden in Santiago de Chile. Various members of this broad genus have been shuffled between Echinopsis, Trichocereus and other genera over the years, often exacerbating the already rather confusing realm of botanical nomenclature.

The cultivar’s father plant, Trichocereus schickendantzii, originates from Tucumán, Argentina, but is also found growing wild in Bolivia. It’s synonymous with Echinopsis schickendantzii, Trichocereus fabrisii, Trichocereus manguinii, Trichocereus narvaecensis, Trichocereus shaferi, Trichocereus tenuispinus and Trichocereus volcanensis. It’s a many-ribbed, branching columnar cactus which reaches roughly seventy-five centimetres in height, with each green-skinned stem growing to a diameter of approximately eight centimetres. Beautiful, tubular or funnel-shaped white flowers (up to approximately twenty-five centimetres long) bloom from the top of the column for several nights at a time throughout spring and summer. Each plant may grow either a single flower or a small cluster of them. Yellow spines form to one and a half centimetres or so and the plant’s fruits are apparently quite tasty.

Growing well in USDA Hardiness Zones eight to eleven, this Trichocereus hybrid benefits from a mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil mix with good drainage. We generally use up to fifty-percent perllite in our garden. Place your plants somewhere in full sun, but perhaps provide a little shade in the hottest part of the day during the summer months, should you live somewhere especially sunny where burns are more likely. Water regularly over the growing season – but only as the top few centimetres of soil become completely dry to the touch. Rot and fungal problems are your enemy! Fertilise lightly a few times a year during the warmer months and propagate via cutting.



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1 rooted plant

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~5 cm diameter, ~8 cm tall

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