Trichocereus chiloensis ‘Fray Jorge’ | ‘Quisco’ | Live plant

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‘Fray Jorge’ is yet another great Trichocereus chiloensis variety from the Chilean region of Coquimbo. Live plant.

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Trichocereus chiloensis ‘Fray Jorge’ | ‘Cacto’, ‘Khishka’ ‘Quisco’ | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis chilensis, Echinopsis chiloensis)

Trichocereus chiloensis ‘Fray Jorge’ is offered here in our shop as healthy and well-rooted seed-grown cacti, grown with love in the sun! This particular variety of chiloensis originates from the Bosque de Fray Jorge / Bosque Fray Jorge national park (and a recognised UNESCO biosphere reserve), itself located within Limarí Province, in Chile’s cactus-tastic Coquimbo region. Covering an area of approximately one-hundred square-metres / three-hundred-and-twenty-eight-square-feet, Bosque de Fray Jorge – thought to be the remnants of forests from the Paleogene-Neogene periods (roughly sixty-six to twenty-three-million years ago!) – is comparatively near to another famous cactus-hosting region, the Atacama Desert.

Trichocereus chiloensis is known informally by names such as ‘Cacto’, ‘Easter Lily Cactus’, ‘Hedgehog Cactus’, ‘Khishka’, ‘Quisco’ and ‘Sea Urchin Cactus’. It’s also known by a bewildering array of synonyms, including Cereus chiloensis, Echinopsis bolligerianus, Echinopsis chilensis, Echinopsis chiloensis, Echinopsis litoralis, Echinopsis skottsbergii, Trichocereus bolligerianus, Trichocereus chilensis, Trichocereus litoralis, Trichocereus nigripilis, Trichocereus skottsbergii and Trichocereus spinibarbis.

Occurring in the wild along coastal regions of Chile (at between zero and two-thousand metres / six-thousand-five-hundred-and-sixty-one-feet above sea level), chiloensis prefers forests and hillsides on the edge of the Chilean Andes. A close relative of the magnificent Trichocereus terscheckii, chiloensis is (eventually) a tree-like, branching columnar that can grow up to approximately eight metres / twenty-six feet tall. Much variation is possible between the various forms of this spiny species, but its columns (traditionally used to make rain sticks) reach a maximum of roughly fifteen centimetres / six inches in diameter, with fierce, yellow-grey spikes up to about ten centimetres / four inches in length. Unlike many related Trichocereus a day-blooming species, chiloensis‘ fantastic white-whitish flowers appear from mid-spring to early autumn and grow to roughly fourteen centimetres / five-and-a-half-inches in length.

Several beautiful chiloensis varieties are currently or formerly recognised, including: Trichocereus chiloensis var. australis, Trichocereus chiloensis var. borealis, Trichocereus chiloensis var. conjungens, Trichocereus chiloensis var. eburneus, Trichocereus chiloensis var. funkii, Trichocereus chiloensis var. litoralis, Trichocereus chiloensis var. pantholipes and Trichocereus chiloensis var. skottsbergii.

Trichocereus chiloensis is easy and fun to grow, either indoors or outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. Plant in a mildly acidic to mildly alkaline, well-drained soil mix (we prefer using roughly equal measures of cactus soil and perlite) and place somewhere in full sun to partial shade with a temperature of between 25°C and 30°C / 77°F to 86°F. Only water once the soil is completely dry and you should be enjoying this lovely plant for many years to come!



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Live plant

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1 rooted plant

Size

~8 cm tall

Common Name

Quisco

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