Trichocereus tulhuayacensis ‘Huancayo’ | Live plant


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Trichocereus tulhuayacensis ‘Huancayo’ | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis tulhuayacensis)

We’re feeling incredibly satisfied to have this ultra-rare (in any type) Trichocereus tulhuayacensis ‘Huancayo’ in our shop! Synonymous with Echinopsis tulhuayacensis, this is a wonderful, pink-flowered cactus variety from the historic city of Huancayo, Peru. This plant is a proper gem, which we highly recommend considering for addition to your collection.

Closely related to the murky continuum that is Trichocereus cuzcoensis (which some feel it’s synonymous with) and Trichocereus peruvianus, Trichocereus tulhuayacensis is a strong-spined, deep green-skinned columnar cactus which apparently originates from Huachac, in Peru, occurring around three-thousand-two-hundred-metres above sea level.

Reaching up to two metres in height and with a mature diameter of twelve or so centimetres, tulhuayacensis is a lovely plant which usually has approximately twelve spines. Notably, this species is the only one known of the ‘San Pedro’ complex not to produce white-to-whitish blooms (they’re commonly pink-red). There’s also another form of Trichocereus tulhuayacensis sometimes available from collectors, ‘KK337’, which descends from material distributed by the infamous cactus and seed seller, Karel Kníže. Initially sold by Kníže as a rare type of Trichocereus peruvianus which produced red flowers (he initially claimed to have only discovered one specimen, later modifying this to four plants in total, according to Keeper Trout), the species was later – apparently correctly – identified as tulhuayacensis. Making things even more confusing (anything that involves both the genus Trichocereus and Kníže often is), there’s reportedly two distinct plants sold under the ‘KK337’ identity; the red-flowered one and another, white-blooming type.

While we’ve only been cultivating this particular species ourselves for a short while at the time of writing, we’ve so far been rewarded by treating it the same as we do those of its relatives mentioned above. Simply, plant in a well-drained, mildly-alkaline to mildly-acidic substrate (we use roughly thirty-to-fifty-percent perlite or similar – the remainder a good quality soil mix), water moderately every week or two during the warmer months and fertilise once or twice a year.

Product Details

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Live plant


1 rooted plant


~8cm tall








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