peruvian torch cactus
Peruvian torch cactus. This cactus is native to the Andes mountains in Peru. Peruvian Torch resembles the San Pedro, except it has a lighter bluish/green colour, large white flowers and longer thorns.
Curious fact: The fragant white flowers open only in the evening and for one evening only!
Growing: The Peruvian Torch (Trichocereus peruvianus) is best cultivated in a sterilized mix of sand, perlite and gravel (or peat). Clean and desinfect the growing container. Be sure to add small drainage holes in the growing container to help reduce chances of over-watering. The environment should be humid and ideally around 23 °C (73 ºF), but do not place the growing medium directly on a heater. Don’t let the young cacti get in contact with direct sunlight; fluorescent lighting is preferred for the first 3 months. Only after the cacti are a year old should they be placed in direct light.
- 20 seeds
What is the Trichocereus Peruvianus?
The Trichocereus peruvianus is synonymous with Echinopsis peruviana. Both scientific names refer to the same species of psychedelic cactus – the Peruvian Torch cactus. This plant contains several alkaloids including the well-research mescaline.
Keep reading to learn more about this exotic hallucinogenic cactus
Peruvian Torch Cactus Strain Guide
Healthy specimens of the Peruvian have a bluish green hue. They are columnar and can grow up to 3 to 6 meters tall in the wild with stems up to 8 to 18cm in diameter. Because of the weight brought by its height, it sometimes arches over despite starting out as fully erect. In some instances, the cactus even becomes fully prostrate.
The Peruvian Torch cactus has 4 to 8 ribs. Each rib has groups of 6 to 8 honey-colored to brown spines which can reach lengths of 4cm. They evenly-spaced and are approximately 1 inch apart.