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Echinopsis Hybrid, Trichocereus Hybrid 'Big Bertha'


Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Big Bertha


Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 25, 2010, AZ_newbie from Tucson, AZ wrote:

We are new to desert gardening -- having moved here from San Jose, CA. We now reside in Oro Valley, AZ -- northwest of Tucson -- and understand we are in Sunset Climate Zone 12. We purchased our "Big Bertha" at a local cactus nursery in Oct., 09, and find it's a beautiful addition to our desert garden. This spring ('10) its given us nine spectacular blossoms -- measuring 8 to 9 inches across. Five blossoms opened during the week of April 9th; three more opened the following week; and today, April 25th, the ninth blossom has opened. NOTE: The nursery owner advised that we plant it so that its in afternoon shade, or it will burn during our hot summer sun.
BTW: we are so glad to have found this website. Members' shared experiences have helped us "newbie Arizonans" to mak... read more


On Jul 15, 2005, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

The blooms are quite large & white with 4 layers of petals. The outer petals are tinged with tan and light purple & are more pointed and slender than the inner ones. The inner petals are more rounded and nearly bleach-white. The stamens and pistils are long and yellow.
The Trichocereus's were reclassified to Echinopsis.