Bolivian Torch Cactus &
Bolivian Torch Cactus &
Bolivian Torch Cactus &
Bolivian Torch Cactus &
Bolivian Torch Cactus &
Bolivian Torch Cactus &
Bolivian Torch Cactus &
Bolivian Torch Cactus &

Welcome to the Bolivian torch cactus, or Achuma, also known as Trichocereus bridgesii- a stunning perennial, evergreen cactus that's bound to leave you in awe! In 1974, Friedrich and Rowley merged the genus Echinopsis, reclassified Trichocereus bridgesii to Echinopsis lageniformis. It also has its mutated and unusual variety Trichocereus bridgesii' montrose'. 

This fast-growing columnar cactus has a light green exterior and is easy to care for. This perennial evergreen cactus is sure to impress and makes it perfect for even the busiest gardener. The spines are not just plain old boring brown but can range in coloration from honey-colored to brown, adding an extra pop of excitement! 

This Bolivian torch grows tall like a tree and can reach heights up to 16 feet. If you're lucky enough, you may even glimpse its large white night-blooming flowers blooming in summer!  

Don't get confused with Echinopsis bridgesii though; it's a totally different plant than our beloved Bolivian Torch Cactus 'Trichocereus bridgesii'. This amazing plant is easy to grow for any aspiring gardener because it can be propagated by cuttings or seeds, and its fruit is completely edible. 

Watering Needs 

If you're a cactus enthusiast, you probably already know that excess water is the one thing that cacti do not like. Beginners frequently make the mistake of overwatering their cacti to the point of creating a mini-DIY swamp. Being native to arid, desert-like regions, the Trichocereus bridgesii is a drought-tolerant cactus that doesn't require frequent watering. It's best to wait until the soil is completely dry before watering it again.  

Overwatering can lead to root rot, which can cause fungal infections or other diseases. Early spring and autumn are good times to water the younger plants, but the Bolivian cactus require less in the winter as they go dormant. During the hotter summer months, you can water frequently, but you shouldn't leave the plant soaking in still water. 

Light Requirements 

Trichocereus bridgesii prefers bright, indirect sunlight and can withstand full sun exposure. However, it's important to avoid exposing the plant to direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day, as this can cause the plant to become sunburned. So, gradually increase the exposure until it can handle the full sun. If you notice any signs of sunburn on it, move it to a location with less intense light. 

If you're growing the plant indoors, place it near a south-facing window or under a grow light to provide it with enough light. If you're growing the plant outdoors, make sure it's in a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

Trichocereus bridgesii favors very airy, sandy soil that drains well. Planting them in ordinary soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and most likely root rot. Instead, make or buy a well-draining potting mix, or ideally use our specialized potting mix that contains over 5 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your Bolivian torch cactus to thrive.  

Ideally, you should look for a natural fertilizer with an approximate blend of 5-10-5 that is higher in phosphorus than nitrogen. The best choice is to use a Natural Organic fertilizer as they last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption.  

Hardiness Zones & More 

Trichocereus bridgesii is native to the high deserts of Bolivia and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. It's hardy to USDA zones 8-11, which means it can tolerate temperatures as low as 20-30°F. 

However, it's important to protect the plant from frost, as prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures can damage or kill the plant.  If you live in a colder climate, it's best to grow the plant in a container and bring it indoors during the winter months. If it has already been damaged by frost, it's best to wait until the weather warms up to prune any damaged or dead tissue. 

This unique Trichocereus bridgesii is easy to grow and can be shipped directly to your home, so why wait? Add it to your collection today. 

Bloom Season Summer
Botanical Name Echinopsis lageniformis
Common Name Bolivian Torch Cactus , Achuma
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color White
Genus Echinopsis
Growth Habit Columnar
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 8, 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 16 ft. tall
Native Area Bolivia
Plant Type Perennial Cactus
Propagation By seeds, cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, pest resistance, mild frost tolerant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized cactus potting mix
Special Features Night blooming flowers
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mildly toxic for humans, mildly toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Trichocereusbridgesii

The Trichocereus bridgesii is prone to a number of pests and problems. These may harm the plant by feeding on the leaves and stems, which may make it weak and under stress. 

Pest Infestations: These tiny pests can be difficult to spot, but they can cause significant damage to the plant by feeding on the leaves and stems. Signs of pest infestation include webbing on the plant and yellow or brown spots on the leaves. To control the pests, spray the plant with insecticidal soap or neem oil. 

Root rot: This problem occurs when the soil around the plant becomes waterlogged, which can cause the roots to rot and die. Signs of root rot include wilting, yellowing of the leaves, and a foul odor coming from the soil. Make sure the soil drains well and refrain from overwatering the plant to prevent root rot. 

Sunburn: This problem occurs when the plant is exposed to direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day, which can cause the leaves and stems to become brown or black and dry out. To prevent sunburn, provide the plant with bright, indirect sunlight and avoid exposing it to direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day. 

FAQs - Trichocereusbridgesii Post

How do you grow Trichocereus bridgesii? 

Trichocereus bridgesii is a relatively easy plant to grow, but there are a few things you should keep in mind to help it thrive. First, make sure the plant is planted in well-draining soil that's rich in organic matter. Second, water the plant infrequently but deeply. Third, the plant prefers bright, indirect sunlight.  

Fourth, the plant prefers warm temperatures but can withstand mild frost. Fifth, the plant doesn't require much fertilizer, but you can feed it with a balanced natural fertilizer once a spring during the growing season. Last but not least, it can be propagated from cuttings. 

Can you eat Trichocereus fruit? 

Yes, the fruit of Trichocereus can be eaten, and it is sometimes used to make jams and jellies. However, it's important to note that not all species of Trichocereus produce edible fruit, and some species may produce fruit that is toxic or inedible. If you're interested in eating the fruit of Trichocereus, it's important to identify the species correctly and research whether the fruit is safe to eat. 

Is Trichocereus bridgesii poisonous? 

Trichocereus bridgesii is not considered to be poisonous. However, like many cacti, it does have spines that can cause injury if handled improperly. It's important to wear gloves and use caution when handling the plant to avoid injury.

Additionally, it's always a good idea to keep plants out of reach of children and pets to prevent accidental ingestion or injury. 

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Bolivian Torch Cactus 'Trichocereus bridgesii'

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Welcome to the Bolivian torch cactus, or Achuma, also known as Trichocereus bridgesii- a stunning perennial, evergreen cactus that's bound to leave you in awe! In 1974, Friedrich and Rowley merged the genus Echinopsis, reclassified Trichocereus bridgesii to Echinopsis lageniformis. It also has its mutated and unusual variety Trichocereus bridgesii' montrose'. 

This fast-growing columnar cactus has a light green exterior and is easy to care for. This perennial evergreen cactus is sure to impress and makes it perfect for even the busiest gardener. The spines are not just plain old boring brown but can range in coloration from honey-colored to brown, adding an extra pop of excitement! 

This Bolivian torch grows tall like a tree and can reach heights up to 16 feet. If you're lucky enough, you may even glimpse its large white night-blooming flowers blooming in summer!  

Don't get confused with Echinopsis bridgesii though; it's a totally different plant than our beloved Bolivian Torch Cactus 'Trichocereus bridgesii'. This amazing plant is easy to grow for any aspiring gardener because it can be propagated by cuttings or seeds, and its fruit is completely edible. 

Watering Needs 

If you're a cactus enthusiast, you probably already know that excess water is the one thing that cacti do not like. Beginners frequently make the mistake of overwatering their cacti to the point of creating a mini-DIY swamp. Being native to arid, desert-like regions, the Trichocereus bridgesii is a drought-tolerant cactus that doesn't require frequent watering. It's best to wait until the soil is completely dry before watering it again.  

Overwatering can lead to root rot, which can cause fungal infections or other diseases. Early spring and autumn are good times to water the younger plants, but the Bolivian cactus require less in the winter as they go dormant. During the hotter summer months, you can water frequently, but you shouldn't leave the plant soaking in still water. 

Light Requirements 

Trichocereus bridgesii prefers bright, indirect sunlight and can withstand full sun exposure. However, it's important to avoid exposing the plant to direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day, as this can cause the plant to become sunburned. So, gradually increase the exposure until it can handle the full sun. If you notice any signs of sunburn on it, move it to a location with less intense light. 

If you're growing the plant indoors, place it near a south-facing window or under a grow light to provide it with enough light. If you're growing the plant outdoors, make sure it's in a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

Trichocereus bridgesii favors very airy, sandy soil that drains well. Planting them in ordinary soil will result in compacted roots, stunted growth, and most likely root rot. Instead, make or buy a well-draining potting mix, or ideally use our specialized potting mix that contains over 5 natural substrates and mycorrhizae to promote the development of a strong root system that helps your Bolivian torch cactus to thrive.  

Ideally, you should look for a natural fertilizer with an approximate blend of 5-10-5 that is higher in phosphorus than nitrogen. The best choice is to use a Natural Organic fertilizer as they last longer and keep your soil alive by adding other beneficial compounds and microbes that encourage plant health and nutrient absorption.  

Hardiness Zones & More 

Trichocereus bridgesii is native to the high deserts of Bolivia and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. It's hardy to USDA zones 8-11, which means it can tolerate temperatures as low as 20-30°F. 

However, it's important to protect the plant from frost, as prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures can damage or kill the plant.  If you live in a colder climate, it's best to grow the plant in a container and bring it indoors during the winter months. If it has already been damaged by frost, it's best to wait until the weather warms up to prune any damaged or dead tissue. 

This unique Trichocereus bridgesii is easy to grow and can be shipped directly to your home, so why wait? Add it to your collection today. 

Bloom Season Summer
Botanical Name Echinopsis lageniformis
Common Name Bolivian Torch Cactus , Achuma
Dormancy Winter
Family Cactaceae
Flower Color White
Genus Echinopsis
Growth Habit Columnar
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 8, 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 16 ft. tall
Native Area Bolivia
Plant Type Perennial Cactus
Propagation By seeds, cuttings
Resistance Drought tolerant, pest resistance, mild frost tolerant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized cactus potting mix
Special Features Night blooming flowers
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mildly toxic for humans, mildly toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Trichocereusbridgesii

The Trichocereus bridgesii is prone to a number of pests and problems. These may harm the plant by feeding on the leaves and stems, which may make it weak and under stress. 

Pest Infestations: These tiny pests can be difficult to spot, but they can cause significant damage to the plant by feeding on the leaves and stems. Signs of pest infestation include webbing on the plant and yellow or brown spots on the leaves. To control the pests, spray the plant with insecticidal soap or neem oil. 

Root rot: This problem occurs when the soil around the plant becomes waterlogged, which can cause the roots to rot and die. Signs of root rot include wilting, yellowing of the leaves, and a foul odor coming from the soil. Make sure the soil drains well and refrain from overwatering the plant to prevent root rot. 

Sunburn: This problem occurs when the plant is exposed to direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day, which can cause the leaves and stems to become brown or black and dry out. To prevent sunburn, provide the plant with bright, indirect sunlight and avoid exposing it to direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day. 

FAQs - Trichocereusbridgesii Post

How do you grow Trichocereus bridgesii? 

Trichocereus bridgesii is a relatively easy plant to grow, but there are a few things you should keep in mind to help it thrive. First, make sure the plant is planted in well-draining soil that's rich in organic matter. Second, water the plant infrequently but deeply. Third, the plant prefers bright, indirect sunlight.  

Fourth, the plant prefers warm temperatures but can withstand mild frost. Fifth, the plant doesn't require much fertilizer, but you can feed it with a balanced natural fertilizer once a spring during the growing season. Last but not least, it can be propagated from cuttings. 

Can you eat Trichocereus fruit? 

Yes, the fruit of Trichocereus can be eaten, and it is sometimes used to make jams and jellies. However, it's important to note that not all species of Trichocereus produce edible fruit, and some species may produce fruit that is toxic or inedible. If you're interested in eating the fruit of Trichocereus, it's important to identify the species correctly and research whether the fruit is safe to eat. 

Is Trichocereus bridgesii poisonous? 

Trichocereus bridgesii is not considered to be poisonous. However, like many cacti, it does have spines that can cause injury if handled improperly. It's important to wear gloves and use caution when handling the plant to avoid injury.

Additionally, it's always a good idea to keep plants out of reach of children and pets to prevent accidental ingestion or injury. 

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