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PlantFiles: Peanut Cactus
Echinopsis 'Fire Chief'

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Fire Chief
Additional cultivar information: (Paramount hybrid)
Hybridized by Johnson


4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

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

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Unknown - Tell us

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JohnTS71 On Mar 28, 2010, JohnTS71 from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I live in zone 9b but I think I lost this plant due to a hard freeze in the teens. I will miss this plant because of the giant red-orange blooms it gave me every year.

Positive GiaVette On May 27, 2003, GiaVette from Minneola, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

As with all cactus, make sure you plant in a porous soil for easy drainage. This is especially important here in Florida.

Positive Kelli On Apr 30, 2003, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is easy to grow and easy to get to bloom, at least for me.


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

Green Valley, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Canoga Park, California
Escondido, California
Hidden Meadows, California
Oak View, California
Reseda, California
Vacaville, California
Clermont, Florida

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