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Echinopsis lageniformis

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Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinopsis (ek-in-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: lageniformis

Synonym:Cereus lagenaeformis
Synonym:Trichocereus scopulicola
Synonym:Trichocereus bridgesii
Synonym:Echinopsis scopulicola

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Category:
Cactus and Succulents

Height:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:
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

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive martenfisher On Dec 2, 2013, martenfisher from Crystal River, FL wrote:

This is one of my favorites to grow. Unlike the Cereus genus these grow slower and are easier to maintain in pots. It helps to cut the spines with scissors in between the old growth and new growth to keep them from stabbing each other but not needed. I see many reports that this is a fast growing cactus but I don't see how compared to opuntia, Cereus, Acanthocereus, or many other species. If you over propagate them you may not get flowers so it is best to let them be or repot when needed. I use minerals like greensand, and azomite with great results. They seem to be naturally nematode and pest resistant. Trichocereus forms of Echinopsis have never given me problems I see reported from other people saying damage and burns occur at 25 degrees. I have had plants mainly pachanoi freeze solid at mid teens with no damage at all but other species in this genus survived as well. No cold experience with lagenformis just yet. I protected them since they were harder to get. 3 year old seedlings are often a good deal with this species. Don't force the Trichocereus forms of Echinopsis with nitrogen. Use minerals and let them grow slow. Rot and other problems I have found happen when they get forced.

Positive palmbob On Mar 16, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great looking tall, branching 5-6 sided columnar cactus of the Andes.. .known mostly however for the fact it contains mescaline. Not sure how cold hardy it is, but at least to zone 9b... probably more so.

Regional...

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

Crystal River, Florida



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