Trichocereus validus | ‘Giant Cup Cactus’ | Live plant

Comparatively rare on the European cactus market, here’s some nice Trichocereus validus! Live plant.

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Trichocereus validus | ‘Giant Cup Cactus’, ‘Spiny Hedgehog Cactus’ | Live plant

Originating from plants grown from seed by a Mediterranean cactus nursery, this Trichocereus validus (aka ‘Giant Cup Cactus’, ‘Spiny Hedgehog Cactus’) is apparently the real thing, and we consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have it in or collection!

An attractive, columnar cactus species from Bolivia, validus is often conjectured to be a subspecies of/closely related to Trichocereus terscheckii, Trichocereus uyupampensis and/or Trichocereus werdermannianus. It’s synonymous with Cereus forbesiiCereus validissimus, Echinopsis chacoana var. spinosior, Echinopsis forbesii, Echinopsis pentlandii var. forbesii, Echinopsis robbinsonianaEchinopsis rhodotricha, Echinopsis rhodotricha subsp. chacoana, Echinopsis rhodotricha var. argentinensis, Echinopsis rhodotricha var. brevispina, Echinopsis rhodotricha var. robusta, Echinopsis rhodotricha var. roseiflora, Echinopsis spegazzinii, Echinopsis valida, Echinopsis validusEchinopsis valida var. forbesii, Lobivia pentlandii var. forbesii, Trichocereus forbesii and Trichocereus rhodotricha.

Trichocereus validus is a dark green species which grows erect to approximately ten metes tall and roughly forty centimetres in diameter, branching slowly over time. Its spines, red-yellow-grey in colour, can reach up to around ten centimetres in length. The flowers of this species are lightly hairy, white to whitish in colour and up to approximately fifteen centimetres in length and diameter. Its hairy, round dark-green fruit is up to four centimetres or so long.

This species seems quite easy to grow from cuttings in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11 – especially when treated similarly to other Trichocereus species. Provide a well-drained soil, water only when the top layer becomes completely dry and fertilise over the summer months. Avoid frost at all costs, else your plant will most likely rot from the roots up!

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Common Name

Giant Cup Cactus







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