Tom Juul’s Giant aka TJG is a famous Trichocereus clone that goes back to the former butcher Tom Juul´s, who imported this plant into the United states and spent a lot of time to spread it around. The California based nursery Sacred Succulents played a major part in the wide distribution of this clone. It is a classic Trichocereus pachanoi clone.
Tom Juul had a giant plant in his garden and after his death, cuttings of this plant were distributed by Sacred Succulents and other cactus nurseries. K. Trout wrote a great piece on the whole history of the plant in his San Pedro book.
- Echinopsis pachanoi
- San Pedro Cactus
Some Additional Info
Trichocereus (except for bridgesii / Bolivian Torch) are very hardy and weather tolerant. Trichocereus pachanoi can handle temps as low as -9c for very short periods.
Native to South America, the earliest evidence of San Pedro was found in Peru, specifically, the Guitarrero cave of the Callejón de Huaylas valley. They are natively found in the Andes Mountains at altitude levels around 2000m – 3000m. San Pedro (the class of Trichocereus) is also found in regions like Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
Trichocereus pachanoi are night bloomers with these gorgeous flowers doing their thing at night, you have to be quick or you will miss the event :-). A flower event is a special event as it can take anywhere from 5 years to 8 years for an adult plant to produce a flower. When they do, you do your happy dance, thank the cactus Gods, snap a million pics, harvest the pollen, and wait for the next event.
Please see the tab called "Steps for Rooting" for rooting instructions where relevant. I have also created a few blog posts with some helpful guides that work for me personally:
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