Trichocereus candicans ‘JO1315.4’ | ‘Argentine Giant’ | Live plant

Another excellent example of Trichocereus candicans, for your enjoyment! Live plant.

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Trichocereus candicans ‘JO1315.4′ | ‘Argentine Giant’ | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis candicans ‘JO1315.4’, Trichocereus gladiatus JO1315.4′)

Here’s another great example of a popular Argentine cactus species; Trichocereus candicans ‘JO1315.4′, available as rooted plants – organically grown from seed in the Spanish sun.

Often called the ‘Argentine Giant’, Trichocereus candicans (synonymous with Echinopsis candicans and Trichocereus gladiatus) is a yellowish-green, clumping columnar cactus species which is a native of the deserts of northern and western Argentina. This rather variable species has been recorded forming clumps of up to three metres across, with its individual stems growing to approximately seventyfive centimetres tall. These stems have a maximum diameter of roughly fifteen centimetres once mature, as well as featuring between nine and eleven ribs.

The spines of candicans grow to a length of between four and ten centimetres long, and are coloured brown to yellow. As with all Trichocereus species, this plant produces incredibly gorgeous, wonderfully-fragrant blooms – over the spring and summer. Usually coloured white to whitish (although sometimes they’re even red or yellow too, due to the greatly intermingled genetics of the species), these flowers open only at night, are self-sterile, and measure around twenty centimetres in diameter.

In its natural habitat, Trichocereus candicans is believed to be particularly close genetically and/or to interbreed with Trichocereus huascha, Trichocereus lamprochlorus, Trichocereus neolamprochlorus, Trichocereus pseudocandicans and Trichocereus strigosus. Moreover, several varieties (notably Trichocereus candicans var. gladiatus, Trichocereus candicans var. robustior, Trichocereus candicans var. rubriflorus and Trichocereus candicans var. tenuispinus) and popular artificial hybrids involving this species exist. Similar to firm favourites Trichocereus pachanoi and Trichocereus spachianus (among others), candicans is valued by cactus cultivators as a very useful long-term grafting root stock.

Grow this ‘Argentine Giant’ in a mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil mix (we suggest roughly equal parts soil and perlite – or similar material), allowing approximately one and a half to two metres space between each plant when planting directly into the ground (so that they have sufficient space to reach maturity). Plant in full sun to partial shade and water only as the top few centimetres of soil becomes dry to the touch. Candicans is somewhat drought and frost tolerant, but prefers a minimum average temperature of 10°C or so.

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Argentine Giant









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