Trichocereus tarijensis v. poco | Live plant

A lovely cactus from Argentina and Bolivia, Trichocereus tarijensis var. poco. Live plant.

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Trichocereus tarijensis v. poco | Live plant

(syn. Cereus poco, Echinopsis poco, Helianthocereus poco, Lobivia formosa v. poco, Trichocereus narvaecensis, Trichocereus poco, Trichocereus poco v. fricianus, Trichocereus totorillanus)

As with many of its relatives in the Echinopsis/Lobivia/Trichocereus cacti, Trichocereus tarijensis v. poco has been described under various botanical names, making it synonymous with Cereus poco, Echinopsis poco, Helianthocereus poco, Lobivia formosa v. poco, Trichocereus narvaecensis, Trichocereus poco, Trichocereus poco v. fricianus and Trichocereus totorillanus. This listing is for live plants of this impressive species.

Initially growing with a semi-globular-semi-columnar habit, possessing approximately fifteen to twenty fine, sharp spines, Trichocereus tarijensis var. poco really asserts its individuality once it reaches between fifty to seventy-five centimetres in height, as the spination gets thicker, more crooked and twisty (as well as roughly doubling in number). Rather variable in appearance (within certain parameters), such plants may possess anywhere between twenty and thirty-ish ribs, while their flowers, ten to fifteen centimetres in length, are commonly coloured orange-to-red – although beige, peach, pink and white (respectively) blooms have also been observed .

We plant our poco plants in a well-drained, mildly-alkaline soil, watering less than, for example, their Peruvian relatives (such as Trichocereus pachanoi; ‘San Pedro’) and fertilising lightly once or twice each year. Interestingly, German Trichocereus aficionado Patrick Noll states that cactus species “with thick spination should be kept drier than other species“, which tallies with our own, somewhat limited, observations to date. Given its native environment in Argentina and Bolivia, this is also a cactus which should be kept away from frost, as it’s a little less cold-hardy than pachanoi, etc.



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