Trichocereus pach. monstrose x T. pallarensis f. cristata Crest Cutting
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A hybrid cross pollination of a pach. monstrose and a crested pallarensis.
Picture of actual cutting shown.
Overall Length: 28cm
At Widest Part: 12cm

Trichocereus pach. Monstrose and T. pallarensis’s are both obscure species / cacti but together they make a beautiful, absolute stunner of a crested cactus.

For many years cacti that displayed traits of mutation were deemed as bad genetics and discarded but not anymore. They are now highly regarded, with collectors giving them more appreciation than even standard cacti, resulting in breeders now trying for variegation and mutation. Some variegates and mutants can be more vulnerable and difficult to grow but most have very similar needs as their normal equivalents.

There are many technical differentiations of what causes mutation or crests, but for most cacti it is unknown and hence mostly guesses. You can increase the chances of a cresting pup by selecting which areole to force a pup from however not all crests will pup crests, not all crests will stay crested and it is possible for a reverted crest to become crested again.

Source: Torsten Wiedemann and Patrick Noll

Trichocereus pallarensis is an obscure species from North Peru that was discovered and described by Friedrich Ritter. It belongs into the same context that T. santaensis belongs to. Ritter wrote about this species numerous times. He basically called this plant a variety of T. pach but described it as a new species just in case. Back then, it was common that botanists or taxonomists wrote new descriptions based only on minor differences, that would be seen as a regional form by today´s standards. Others consider it a peruvianus like plant.

T. pallarensis grows in Llancora, near Cajamarca, Pallar (that´s where the name comes from) and east of the cordillera Blanca. Ancash at 2.500 – 3.000m altitude. T. pallarensis has 3 to 6 radial spines at 15 to 50mm in length. They are brown or honey coloured and relatively thin compared with the ones on peruvianus’ and pach’s. The middle spines are often missing or there is only one very strong and long middle spine. The areoles are often very small.

A hybrid is formed when crossing two genetically different species with each other. Most hybrids are manmade however some are natural.

With cross pollination the mother plant is the first name, and the father plant is the second. The mother is the plant whose flower was pollinated, and the fruit ripens on, and the father is the pollen donor. When the crossing plants, in most cases, the resulting offspring comes closer to the mother than to the father. However, there are a lot of exceptions to this and sometimes, the genes of the father are simply more dominant.

Please note pricing is determined by the girth, length and condition of the plant / cutting

Syn: Echinopsis

Note: Orders containing cuttings may not be shipped the Tuesday following payment received as per usual procedure. This is due to the cactus being cut to order and dry weather is required to ensure rot does not occur.

IMPORTANT: Your cutting needs to be calloused before it is ready for planting. Keep the cutting dry for a week or two until the cut end has formed a callus, you can use a little sulphur on the end to help with drying and to protect it from rot, but it isn't a necessity. Once calloused you can plant your cutting. The process works any time of year, but cactus cuttings potted in late summer to early autumn root the fastest. Fill an adequately sized pot with specialty cactus soil or mix your own from scratch with extra grit added, coarse sand, perlite, scoria, or pumice gives the soil the appropriate drainage and aeration. Plant the calloused cutting in the prepared potting mix and top dress to prevent soil loss. Once potted, keep dry, do not water! Most cactus cuttings root in four to six weeks.

We strongly recommended to select Express Post shipping for all plant orders to minimise the transit time.
Trichocereus pach. monstrose x T. pallarensis f. cristata Crest Cutting
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