Trichocereus vatteri ‘FR426’ | Live plant

Trichocereus vatteri ‘FR426’ is a direct decendant of the first recorded collection of this rare species – by Friedrich Ritter – making it the type variety! Live plant.

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Trichocereus vatteri ‘FR426’| Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis huascha ‘FR426’, Echinopsis vatteri ‘FR426’, Trichocereus huascha ‘FR426’)

Freaky Cacti’s even more excited than usual to be offering these (incredibly rarely available) genetics – Friedrich Ritter’s collection of Trichocereus vatteri ‘FR426’ – the species type, no less! Available as well-rooted clones, taken from mother plants which we got from a German grower (who bought their own plant from Albert Plapp in the mid-1990s).

As we mentioned above, the plants we offer here reportedly originate directly from those in Ritter’s own collection, making this especially notable in our eyes. Trichocereus vatteri (which is closely-related to Trichocereus huascha) in general is considered by CITES to be a Category II plant, which means that it’s forbidden to trade wild-crafted material of this species without special dispensation. Originally collected by Ritter from specimens growing in the Famatina mountains (in La Rioja, Argentina), this type species variety (which he originally named Trichocereus callianthus) grows in noticeably more compact, dense groups than does huascha, is covered with eye-catching, golden-coloured spination and produces incredibly beautiful, orange-red-pink flowers (as do the majority of Trichocereus species, albeit theirs are usually white in colour).

Considered as a whole, vatteri is a vigorous, green-coloured, yellow-orange-red-pink-flowered species which reaches a mature height of roughly sixty centimetres / twenty-four inches tall. It grows with a many-branched habit, with a pronounced tendency toward sprawling as the plants increase in size. Some consider this species as synonymous with both Trichocereus huascha and/or Trichocereus strigosus (which is commonly extremely similar in appearance, bar differences in flowers). There’s also an apparently wild-formed Ritter Trichocereus vatteri x Trichocereus candicans recorded as originating from the same range and described variously as Trichocereus hybrid ‘RITT426a’ and Trichocereus vatteri ‘FR426’ x Trichocereus candicans ‘FR9’ – although we’re unsure whether these genetics are still cultivated by anyone. At least in correctly-labelled form, as it’s been a while now since the plant was first disseminated. Confusingly, there’s a later (1962) Ritter collection of this or similar material, also known as Trichocereus hybrid ‘RITT 426a’, but recorded as “West of Famatina, La Rioja, Argentina” – as well as under the alias of Trichocereus vatteri ‘FR426’ x Trichocereus candicans ‘FR8’.

This is another easy Trichocereus species to grow. Plant it in a well-drained soil mix of approximately equal quantities of soil and perlite (or similar), provide full sun to light shade (dependent on your local climate) and space them at least one-metre apart, so that they have enough room to mature without crowding their neighbouring plants. Water only during the growing season and as the soil dries out completely on the top layer. We fertilise all our cacti several times each season too. Avoid frosts (especially for prolonged periods) to ensure your plants don’t meet an abrupt end!

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