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PlantFiles: Echinopsis Hybrid, Trichocereus Hybrid
Echinopsis 'Big Bertha'

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

Synonym:Trichocereus

Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
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

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive AZ_newbie 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.
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BTW: we are so glad to have found this website. Members' shared experiences have helped us "newbie Arizonans" to make fewer mistakes in our desert garden. THANK YOU, everyone.

Neutral Xenomorf On Jul 15, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, 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.

Regional...

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

Tucson, Arizona



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