Trichocereus schickendantzii f. monstrosa cristata cv. ‘Red’ | Live plant

Whatever this mutant cactus might actually be, it’s certainly extremely bizarre! Live plant.

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Trichocereus schickendantzii f. monstrosa cristata cv. ‘Red’ | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis schickendantzii f. monstrosa cristata cv. ‘Red’)

This listing is for Trichocereus schickendantzii f. monstrosa cv. ‘Red’, available as live, well-rooted cacti (the pictures of grafted plants accompanying this listing are for illustrative purposes only).

Before we go any further, we would like to make it clear that we’re a little confused by this particular mutant cactus, as we’ve yet to find any mention of – let alone any actual solid information on! – this form. It’s very reminiscent of the incredibly weird plants Echinopsis cv. ‘Chocolate’ and Mammillaria bocasana cv. ‘Fred Coral Red’, in our opinion. However, we’ll list it under the name under which we purchased our original mother plants for now. We’d love to offer a more authoritative overview of Trichocereus schickendantzii f. monstrosa cv. ‘Red’, so please do let us know if you can shed any further light on this rather strange Trichocereus cultivar!

Trichocereus schickendantzii (synonymous with Echinopsis schickendantzii, Trichocereus fabrisii, Trichocereus manguinii, Trichocereus narvaecensis, Trichocereus shaferi, Trichocereus tenuispinus and Trichocereus volcanensis) is native to Argentina, but also grows wild in parts of Bolivia. The standard form is a many-ribbed, branching columnar cactus which can reach approximately seventy-five centimetres in height, with each light to dark green-skinned stem growing up to roughly eight centimetres in diameter. 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. Debatably scented, 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.

Occurring naturally in USDA Hardiness Zone 10-11 – notably in forest and grassland, at an altitude of between 1,200 and 3,200 metres above sea level – schickendantzii is a popular and hardy grafting stock and ornamental cactus. As with most Trichocereus cactus species, it’s easy to grow – the essential requirements being relatively high humidity, a free-draining, mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil and sufficient light (full sun to light shade), water and nutrients.

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