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Bolivian Torch Cactus

Discover the Magic of Bolivian Torch Cactus - What You Need to Know!

Are you looking for a unique and fascinating plant to add to your collection? Do you want to bring something exotic and fun to your home or garden with a new addition? Then look no further than the Bolivian Torch Cactus!

The Bolivian Torch Cactus, also known as Echinopsis Lageniformis (Trichocereus Bridgesii), is a species of cactus native to Bolivia. This cactus is known for its large, columnar stems and bright yellow or orange blooms that can reach up to 10 inches in diameter. 


The Bolivian Torch Cactus is easy to care for and can grow to be quite large, making it a great statement piece in any space, and here are some things you’ll need to know if you’re looking to buy one of your own:

Soil: The Bolivian Torch Cactus prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. We recommend a mix of 60-70% organic material (e.g. leaf compost/coconut coir/ peat-free soil/ carbonised rice hull) and 30-40% inorganic material (e.g. Perlite/ Lava rock / coarse sand/ River Sand/ Pumice/ Crushed granite/ Vermiculite or Limestone). 

Temperature: The Bolivian Torch Cactus is hardy and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. However, it is not frost tolerant and cannot be grown outdoors in the UK all year round due to the humid temperate oceanic climate in the UK. This means that we experience cool, wet winters and warm, wet summers. Therefore, cacti in the UK will need shelter from excessive rainfall. In the winter they will also need to be brought indoors, or kept in a heated greenhouse to protect from frost. 

Fertilisation: The Bolivian Torch Cactus should be fertilised a minimum of once per year minimum in Spring (March), as this is typically the start of the growing season. However, cacti (especially younger plants) will thrive if also fertilised in Summer (June) and fall (September). 

Light: The Bolivian Torch Cactus thrives in bright, direct sunlight. It is important to place it in a location where it will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight every day.


Water: This cactus is drought-tolerant and does not require frequent watering. Simply water the cactus sparingly and only when the soil is completely dry. Over-watering can lead to root rot and other problems. Desert plants typically require more water in Summer and little to no water in winter.


Bolivian Torch vs San Pedro: What is usually referred to as San Pedro is Trichocereus Pachanoi (Formerly known as Echinopsis Pachanoi) whereas the Bolivian Torch is Trichocereus Bridgesii (Formerly known as Echinopsis Bridgesii). In comparison, San Pedro is a little thicker, with shorter spines. 

So, whether you're a seasoned plant collector or just starting out, the Bolivian Torch Cactus is a must-have for any collection! 

Check out the Peruvian torch cactus for sale at Desert Plants Ltd! 

Check out our previous article here.

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