Trichocereus walteri | Live plant

Trichocereus walteri is a critically endangered cactus from Argentina’s Salta region. Live plant.

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Trichocereus walteri | Live plant

(syn. Echinopsis walteri, Lobivia huascha v. walteri, Lobivia walteri, Soehrensia walteri)

Our latest offering is the beautiful Trichocereus walteri – a critically endangered Argentine cactus species which makes a unique addition to any garden! Cultivated with care in our nursery, these well-rooted cacti are cloned from our mother plants in Spain.

Named after the esteemed Austrian cacti specialist Walter Rausch, Trichocereus walteri – also known as Echinopsis walteri, Lobivia huascha var. walteri, Lobivia walteri and Soehrensia walteri – is a green, globular cactus that grows in clusters. Its stems, which can reach up to sixteen centimetres / six inches in height and diameter, are characterised by (usually) eleven ribs. From these ribs, whitish-coloured areoles sprout, each hosting approximately five to fifteen needle-like, flexible spines. The spines, which can reach a maximum length of two-and-a-half-centimetres / one inch, are a vibrant yellow. Walteri flowers are also yellow, and bell-shaped, with an average diameter and length of roughly nine centimetres / three-an-a-half-inches. They’re noteworthy for their daytime blooming, a trait unusual for the plants of the Trichocereus genus. Upon pollination, these plants produce green-yellow fruits that are spherical in shape, measuring approximately two centimetres / three-quarters-of-an-inch in length and two-and-a-half-centimetres / one-inch in diameter.

Trichocereus walteri occurs naturally around the province of Salta, in Argentina. It’s most likely to be found in the Quebrada de Escoipe, where it prefers habitats roughly two to two-and-a-half-thousand-metres / six-and-a-half to eight-thousand-two-hundred feet above sea level.

We grow our walteri much the same as we do the rest of our Trichocereus collection. Plant them in a well-drained mix of roughly equal parts soil and perlite (or similar), watering only when the top layer becomes completely dry to the touch (and then only during the growing season). Fertilise using your preferred method a few times each season and avoid frost over the colder months and you’ll be able to enjoy your plants for many years to come!



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