Trichocereus bertramianus ‘MDB4’ | Live plant

A rarer, Bolivian Trichocereus species. Live plant.

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Trichocereus bertramianus ‘MDB4’ | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis bertramiana, Echinopsis bertramianus, Echinopsis tarijensis subsp. bertramiana, Helianthocereus bertramianus, Lobivia formosa var. bertramiana, Trichocereus bertramianaTrichocereus conaconensis, Trichocereus totorensis)

We’re honoured to have this Trichocereus bertramianus ‘MDB4’ for sale in our shop – a rare locality collection of a tantalisingly obscure cactus from Cerro Comanche, in La Paz, Bolivia (also home to the type locality of Trichocereus bridgesii, the ‘Bolivian Torch’). Available in limited stocks, as seed-grown, rooted plants. Note that we occasionally sell other varieties of this lovely species too.

Trichocereus bertramianus is a branching, columnar tree-like cactus species which reaches up to approximately two-and-a-half-metres tall in its natural Andean habitats in Northern Bolivia. The species is synonymous with Echinopsis bertramiana, Echinopsis bertramianus, Echinopsis tarijensis subsp. bertramiana, Helianthocereus bertramianus, Lobivia formosa var. bertramiana, Trichocereus conaconensis and Trichocereus totorensis.

Occurring between three-thousand-two-hundred and four-thousand-one-hundred-metres above sea level, it’s very similar in appearance to plants of the Trichocereus tarijensis continuum and bears lovely, cream-white-yellow flowers and brownish-tan-yellow spines. As this cactus matures in its natural habitat, its stems grow a thick, protective layer of hair, insulating against the extreme cold and sun which the local environment enjoys. Specimens we’ve seen grown in cultivation (in Europe) tend toward a much thinner coating of hairs and much faster growth, presumably due to the less intense local weather.

As with most Trichocereus cacti, with a little effort and forethought, these are very easy to grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11. Their main requirements consist of comparatively high humidity levels, free-draining (mildly acidic to mildly alkaline) soil and sufficient light, water and nutrients. Space young plants at least three metres apart to allow them enough room to reach maturity. Easily grown indoors and out in much of Europe, dependent on location (it’s frost hardy to roughly -1°C / 30°F, provided it’s completely dry).



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