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PlantFiles: Golden Torch, Torch Cactus, White Torch Cactus
Echinopsis spachiana

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: spachiana (spak-ee-AY-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Cereus spachianus
Synonym:Echinocereus spachianus
Synonym:Cereus santiaguensis
Synonym:Echinopsis santiaguensis
Synonym:Trichocereus santiaguensis

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
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
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Succulent

Other details:
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:
Non-patented

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

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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Profile:

2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive hummelbill On Jun 13, 2009, hummelbill from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

Rather nervous when we planted golden torch cactus last June as the green exterior browned immediately and looked as if it burned, making us more uncomfortable. This week, 6/11/09, multiple blossoms opened for a day, -overwhelming in beauty. The flower barely lasted a day. Now what to do with the dead flowers on top of the torch?? leave them, cut them off. there are apparently more flowers developing...Where to learn more about this cactus.....Thanks

Neutral Xenomorf On Jan 24, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is able to handle full sun, no shade, with a little extra water in the hotter summer months, the other ones i see in other landscapes that get no extra water usually have a burnt side. Blooms at night and closes when the strong sunlight hits it.

Positive cacti_lover On Dec 29, 2004, cacti_lover from Henderson, NV (Zone 9b) wrote:

This cactus is a beautiful plant and fairly easy to grow. It usually blooms from mid April to early July. Sometimes it will bloom again in early to mid fall. The flowers are large(8"-10" across) and strongly scented. They open in the evening and last until noon the next day. During cool or cloudy weather, they may stay open for 2-3 days.

Regional...

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

Chandler, Arizona
Goodyear, Arizona
Green Valley, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Oro Valley, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Sun City, Arizona
Sun Lakes, Arizona
Baywood-los Osos, California
Davis, California
La Presa, California
Menifee, California
Moreno Valley, California
Windsor, California
Henderson, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada



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