This is another addition to our collection of rare hybrid cactus seeds. In this case, a trichocereus cuzcoensis mother plant was pollinated with a trichocereus SS02. Trichocereus Cuzcoensis is a species from the Cuzco region of Peru. Measuring up to 20 feet in the wild, it is very similar in appearance to Trichocereus Peruvianus (Peruvian Torch). According to experts, the two species have often been misidentified for one another, which has led to intentional and/or accidental hybridization. This mixing has led to further difficulties in the identification of the two species. Cuzcoensis is generally said to have yellowish spines that become white with age. The two enjoy the same growing conditions. SS02 is a particular clone of bridgesii that is well known to have good genetics. It is a great representation of the bridgesii species, and so it is commonly used for making these hybrids. Many hybrids also combine genetics of different species to form superior specimens that contain the more desirable qualities of both parents. For instance, you may get the increased growth speed of one species combined with the spine length or coloration that is characteristic of the other species. For collector’s, their fascination with hybrid cacti can be the pursuit of superior specimens, to the aesthetic mixing to simple rarity. With hybrids, you go from a set number of existing species to a seemingly endless list of possible combinations. For anyone beginning to collect hybrid cacti, this is an essential choice because it combines the two most iconic members of this wonderful genus. Although people don’t usually think of cacti for their flowers, trichocereus flowers undoubtedly rival the most impressive flowers of any other type of plant out there.
Growing Information: http://worldseedsupply.org/blog/?p=4
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