Echinopsis bruchii or echinopsis comes from the north of Argentina.
It is a fairly hardy cactus that can overwinter in the garden.
It must be planted in a very dry place, in a very well drained soil.
It is a globular cactus that grows up to 50 cm high.
It is dark green, has 50 ribs, brownish white halos, 4 central yellow-white spines and 9 to 14 radial spines, up to 2 cm long.
The flower is red or red-orange and flowers during daytime in the month of June.
Echinopsis formosa var. bruchii, Echinopsis formosa var. grandis, Echinopsis grandis, Echinopsis ingens, Lobivia bruchii, Lobivia grandis, Pseudolobivia grandis, Soehrensia bruchii, Soehrensia grandis, Soehrensia ingens, Trichocereus bruchii, Trichocereus ingens
Echinopsis: from the Greek echinos (thorny) and opsis (appearance)
Bruchii: in honor of Carlos Bruch, an Argentine photographer and entomologist (1869–1943)
Puna and prepuna grasslands, scrub, under large boulders, on plains, slopes and ridges, along with other succulents
USDA Zone 8, -12 °C
Dry, sandy and very well drained
Use only specialized fertilizer for cacti
- always use gloves when handling a cactus
- for repotting fold up a few sheets of newspaper into a thick flat band. Surround the cactus with this band handle him
- remove the spines from the skin by applying a patch of adhesive tape and removing it
- use a mix of topsoil, sand and gravel (1:1:1) and sterilize that (eg in the microwave)
- fill a pot with it and wet the substrate by placing it 2 hours in a bowl with water so the water is sucked up
- sow the seeds on the surface and press very lightly
- place the pot with seeds in a plastic bag and close it
- place the pot in a bright location out of direct sunlight
- regularly check that no fungi develop
- when the seeds begin to germinate make a few holes in the plastic bag and then every week 2-4 additional holes for the seedlings to get used gradually to drier air
- germination: 14 days