Trichocereus Bridgesii (Achuma cactus)
Echinopsis lageniformis (syn. Trichocereus bridgesii), the Bolivian torch cactus, is a fast-growing columnar cactus from the high deserts of Bolivia. Among the indigenous populations of Bolivia, it is sometimes called achuma or wachuma, although these names are also applied to related species such as Echinopsis pachanoi which are also used for their psychedelic effects. Buy Trichocereus Bridgesii Online
The Bridgesii is a fast growing columnar cactus native to the high deserts of Bolivia. These unique trichocerus can be bought and used as a landscaping plant , a rare unique plant to have, or its even known to be used as a great grafting stock.
Achuma is perhaps the most powerful and magical of the Trichocereus cacti. It is said to have the highest alkaloid content of the Shamanic cactus family. The cactus is known to the shamanic community to have special healing powers, and is commonly associated with protection and divination.
The succulent is most commonly used in the preparation of making soaps, dyes, and incense.
How Long to Grow Bridgesii Trichocereus Achuma
Tricho cacti make vary large fragrant night blooming flowers a few times a year and are quite insect resistant too. They tolerate poor soil and little water, also they have been known to top upwards 40 feet!!! Yeah… GIANT!
You might expect growth anywhere from 1′ foot to perhaps even 24″ a year per rooted cutting. Be sure the soil you use is well draining and won’t pool water, such as 50/50 of Perlite & rich potting soil. Keep the moisture low till roots take well. Roots are ready for deep watering when you can lift the pot by the cacti itself. I found partial shade and twice monthly deep summer watering works great. Let the soil dry between watering or you risk root rot. If you get any mushy brown spots cut it out or off quickly, dry and re-root if necessary. Black spots or dry brown scabs are no big deal other than cosmetic, so don’t sweat it too much. Have fun and enjoy your beautiful Trichocereus Cactus.
How to Grow Trichocereus Bridgesii Monstrose
Several varieties of this species are highly prized by ornamental cactus collectors. These include a cristate variety, two variants of monstrose growth, and a more recently developed clone that exhibits both monstrose and cristate growth. These all tend to be much slower growing than the standard form of the species, but owing to their highly unusual shapes, they are sought after by cactus collectors.
The monstrose form of Echinopsis lageniformis is known as the penis plant or penis cactus. Contrary to the typical columnar habit of the species, this cultivar displays short stem sections that branch avidly, forming a low spiny bush. The upper part of each stem segment is smooth and spineless, resembling a penis. The lower part is spiny and shows a tendency to form ribs. The plant is light green. The German name for this cultivar, frauenglück, more euphemistic than its English equivalent, translates as “women’s joy”.
It is very easy to grow and cold hardy as low as -12°C (or less). This cultivar seems to do better with a little more water than most cacti. In fact, its cultivation requirements are really more like ‘normal’ plants than most other cacti. During the growing season fertilize them monthly with a balanced fertilizer
Sun Exposure: Outside full sun, but during hot summers, the cactus are subject to sun burning, so grow them in light shade, inside needs bright light, and some direct sun.. During winter month, put them in a cool luminous place and encourage them to enter winter dormancy by withholding water and fertiliser over the winter as they will etiolate, or become thin, due to lower levels of light. They are susceptible to fungal diseases if overwatered, but are not nearly as sensitive as many other cacti, especially in warm weather. They tend characteristically towards black rotted spots unless watering is moderate and only in hot weather, if kept damp through cold periods, they will invariably suffer.
- Names and Synonyms: Echinopsis lageniformis forma mostruosa inermis
- Common Names: Penis Plant, Dick Plant
- Family: Cactaceae
- Origin: Nursery cross
- Size Label: 1 Gallon Potted Dimensions (Includes pot)
- Height: 10″
- Width: 6″
- Cold Tolerance: 25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
- Heat Tolerance: Extreme heat tolerance.
- Light Requirement: Full sun to light shade in hot interior climates.
- Water needs: Very drought tolerant but some summer water is best in hot, dry weather. Keep dry in winter
- Maintenance: None
- Uses: This plant is nice in containers. It can also be grown in the ground in cactus, rock or xeriscape gardens. Be sure the soil is well drained and winter watering is kept to a minimum.
- Propagation: This plant is propagated by taking cuttings, allowing them to callus over and then planting them in soil.
- Problems: Fungal rots in poor draining soil, especially in cool wet weather.
- Special notes: This is a clustering monstrous cactus with prostrate growth habit, branching at the base and slowly growing up to 2 feet tall. The stems are a light glaucous green with only a few spiny areoles in the basal portion. The upper part of the stem is a smooth cylinder, the lower part can be spiny and is often ribbed. Trichocereus bridgesii monstrose contains poisonous alkaloids. There are two clones of this cultivar, Clone A with shorter clumping stem segments and Clone B, a more solitary grower with longer segments.
We recommend starting at the medium experience level if you have not tried them before, as the visuals can be quite intense and harder to handle for inexperienced users. Set and setting are extremely important for a positive experience. We also highly encourage people to have a guide or sitter if they are new to psychedelics.
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