Trichocereus cuzcoensis ‘Emilio’ | ‘Peruvian Torch’ | Live plant


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Trichocereus cuzcoensis is an attractive cactus from Cuzco in Peru. Live plant.

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Trichocereus cuzcoensis ‘Emilio’ | ‘Peruvian torch’ | Live plant

Freaky Cacti are very happy to be able to offer limited stocks of rooted Trichocereus cuzcoensis cacti, taken from the mother plant we call ‘Emilio’ (named for the grower who originally sold it to us as a Trichocereus peruvianus var. cuzcoensis).

A self-sterile, spiny and bright-green columnar cactus that grows roughly two to five metres tall, cuzcoensis is very similar in appearance to many plants found in the peruvianus complex, with which it easily hybridises to create new ‘transitional’ forms. As highlighted above, this has led to a lot of confusion and mislabeled plants!

Whichever side of the whole cuzcoensis/peruvianus separation debate you fall on, these really are beautiful specimens of this Peruvian Trichocereus species (which also occurs in Bolivia and other South American countries). Growing easily from seed or cuttings in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12, the species responds well when treated like other popular Trichocereus, such as Trichocereus pachanoi and Trichocereus bridgesii. Germination should occur between two to six weeks from sowing, providing an ideal temperature of between 26°C and 30°C is maintained.

To root your cutting, make sure it has a calloused wound (all the cuttings we sell have already developed this), prop it in some dry soil in a sunny but not too sunny place and wait a few months until the root system starts to form. You can then start to lightly water the plant to encourage growth – don’t water until the plant has roots, else it will certainly rot and die!

Please be aware that these cuttings were taken from extremely large mother plants growing outdoors in Spain and so some may have varying degrees of cosmetic scarring. This is entirely natural (for example, where the branches of the cactus have stabbed each other with their spines) and should heal over time, but we thought we’d state it here to avoid confusion!

Product Details

Product Type

Live plant


1 rooted plant


~12cm tall

Common Name

Peruvian Torch








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