This year people
wrote to say...
|Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2012 / Subject: hello verne n'
hi verne merry Xmas n' happy new year. nice to see you've survived to
mayan apocalypse with your cats and cactus ;) i follow your site since
several years now and want to thank you for providing so many valuable
sorry to ask ... but now i can't find among all your pages where you've
been speaking about the problem i have with my green friend ...so let me
ask you if you have any idea about what may cause this black spots on it
... i've seen somewhere it could come from the acidity of soil but in
this case it would appear on every cactus i have ! and it's only on few
ones ! may you help me if you find the time to answer me with your busy
julien from france ... now you understand my bad english :) thanx and
Your photo looks like injury. If anything pricks the skin it can do
that - like if you scratch your skin on thorns; you get little infected
red marks. I think the cactus is the same and it makes that black
Your photo shows these marks on new buds - the new growth is very
delicate, like a baby. It is always the tips that get what I call "tip
pimples". There is also a black spot from fungus but that is not like
what your photos shows. It looks like injury (bruise, scratching)
Plants living outside are OK until we cut them to make new plants
- that makes them vulnerable to these problems. Also, I would not try to
root such short sections. Plants only have a certain amount of stored
energy to root & grow. A larger cutting will have more skin (leaf area)
to photosynthesize for plant energy. Larger cuttings root better,
faster, and grow to 2X faster. "The bigger a plant the faster if gets
Small pieces may grow buds in a desperate effort to survive, and use up
stored energy - lowering its immune system, and getting sick.
| Sun, 23 Dec 2012 / Subject: Thank You
From: Michael Bond
So I recently stumbled upon your website and just wanted to say thank
you for providing such a fine service. There are so many people who have
no respect for nature's gifts, so big ups for aiding in the
proliferation of such a beautiful creation.
Sincerely, Michael Bond
Thank you for the nice compliment...thank you.
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 / Subject: Re: eBay Item
We just LOVE our new cactus! It arrived safe and very sound! I'm so
excited. Thank you! I'm off to give you a stellar rating on eBay. What
an outstanding packing job! It's simply beautiful. Cheers!! Christine
Sent from my Star Trek-like device
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2012 / Subject: Sacred Cactus website
Hey, I'm checking out your eBay site and only see Peruvian torch for
sale. Do you also have San Pedro fro sale somewhere too? I don't see any
anywhere Sent from my iPhone
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 / Subject: About San Pedro specimens
Ok, so now I'm looking and I'm confused about the difference in the
Peruvian varietys of cacti. What would be the difference between rimac,
kk242, Peruvianus, wild Andes, and just regular Peruvian torch? I'm
assuming they are all the same kind of cacti, but just differant
specimens from differant areas. In reality I just want a nice, thick
(diameter) cactus that would look nice at about 4ft tall. From what I'm
reading the Peruvian torch variety grows just as fast as San Pedro, but
grows a lot thicker which I like, but the differant varieties of torch
are really confusing me and making my choice a lot harder haha. Thanks
in advance for the feedback! Sent from my iPhone
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Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 /Subject: interested in a trade or will buy
your KK242, i do have a rare speciamen
From: Richard White
hello my name is richard i grow cacti and bread them i have a julles
giant crossed with bridgessii. i am willing to give you a few fresh
cuting for a good sized cuting a or a rooted tip. if needed i can show
you a pic of the cacti. i just dont have it on my comp till now. but
anyway i need the kk242 strain, iv been collecting for 10+ years and
never found someone i that know exactly witch kind of peruvianus they
have sme with the san pedro and hybreads.
so if your not interested in a trade, honestly im low on cash this time
of year and can realy make u happy with this strain i created and a few
others i have. but if you will only take cash, how much is the
Date: 1 Dec 2012 / Can you please tell me how the pedros compare
to the "wild andes"?
The main difference I note is the lack of spines, which I think would
add some variety to my collection. Are they fairly similar otherwise?
Hardiness, nutrition needs? They are slightly slower growers, right?
Thank you Chad!
I don't really know how to compare...san pedro columns snap off at 14
feet but the peruvianus (wild andes) are so fat they fall over sooner as
seen in the photos. None of my trichocereus are slow growers; either
have demonstrated ability to double in size in one season - but that
depends on growing conditions.
They all live in the Andes Mountains which is warm/wet at the cloud
levels where they live because of the amazon jungle on one side and the
equatorial (warm) on the other.
All these plants need good roots - big pots - and you can use plant food
diluted down. But all plants are basically carbon made from the CO2 in
the air. As long as the roots are in good "sandy loam" as gardeners call
it they'll do what nature programmed them for. They grow!
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012
From: Luca Mazzarolo
Hi! I've a question: Which species of San Pedro are these? (see the
pictures in attachment)
Best regards from Italy! - Luca
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 / From: Tom
Hi, Would you except a flat $100 including shipping for the 30 pounds of
san pedro ? thanks and let me know
I'm sorry but that item has been sold at the price listed.
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2012 / From: "Cummings, Alexander"
Hello, i was wondering how much a cactus weighing about 6 lbs would cost
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2012 / Subject: Just curious
From: Daniel Todd
If you could attempt to make a guess about what kind of cactus this is
(see attached). I found these at a nursery and the owner had no clue. I
just found your site as I attempted to do done research.
Thank you! Dan
Date: 1 Nov. 2012 / Subject: ORDER
Am ordering from Ukraine . I want to place an order from you. I know the
difficulties encountered when shipping internationally, But that will
not be a problem because,i am registered with a shipping company whom i
have used severally without any delay nor problems with my goods. Before
i place this order, i want you to notify me if ,i am able to place the
order and most important: If i can make payment with my credit cards
Visa/Mc (Issued in the United States) because that is the only way we
are,set for payment without no delay. I don't place online orders ,can i
e-mail my ORDER needed then you can give me a quote here and make
charges to my cards manually on your end ? Pls Clarify.
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 / From: Kareem Hadee
Hello; My name is Kareem Hadee and I LOVE your website. I am interested
in growing a large San Pedro From 12" cutting. I was wondering if you
have any to sell and how much they would cost to ship to Tacoma
Washington state (98444). I am also looking for a 12" cutting of a
Argentine Saguaro as well. Do you happen to grow these cactus's? How is
their growth in comparison to the San Pedro? Thanks -kareem
Date: 21 Oct, 2012 / Subject: growing Trichocereus panchoi under
grow lights From: Billy Mitchell
I just received a 11.5 inch Trichocereus panchoi with a good root ball
and re-potted it in 1 part palm and citrus mix 1 part calcified
diatomeus earth and 1 pat perlite in a 3 gak black plastic pot I put in
a grow lush grow tent under a 1000 watt hps lamp approx 42 inches above
plant for 15 hrs light and 9 hrs dark temp at 84 degrees F when lighted
and around 60 degrees when dark.
I want to grow during winter in zone 7A/7b I am right on the NC /Va line
and it gets into the 20 and 30's at night requarly during winter and
sometimes colder. I will move outside in spring . Will this work OK or
do i have 2 much light. and need to use shade cloth ?
I am using light to keep heat up at night and i can blow a fann on plant
to simulate wind to make stronger Pleas email me with your thoughts.
When I get these figured out I want to buy a plant from peru from you.
This plant came from a plant that is 40 plus year old on the island of
Mauii Hawaii. Thanks for your help Billy Mitchell phone # 919-690-0326
Date: 18 Oct, 2012 /Subject: Do you ship to Sweden?
From: Kristina Berglund
Hi, Just wondering if you ship to Sweden, or to US citizens only?
And what I would pay you if I buy this product of yours: Lot #4-12A —
$49.95 plus FedEx Ground shipping for 5+ lbs net weight Kind
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 / From: "Ven-Tec"
Hello, I’m in Spain and I’m looking to grow (to make business) the San
Pedro Cactus (Trichocereus pachanoi) what is I believe fast growing. Do
you have other species fast growing Mescaline Cacti? Kind regards,
Johan van de Ven / Spain: + 34 607 162 360
Date: 10 Oct 2012
Dear zircon6, my cactus arrived yesterday. even more stunning than
pics ! excellent packing NOTHING broken or damaged, you are the best!
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2012
THANK YOU VERNE & CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I sure got my moneys worth!!!
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2012 / Subject: Re: eBay Item
Thank you Verne! You're amazing at what you do sir, hopefully I can
carry on the legacy. Thanks for the tracking number, absolutely perfect.
Date: 1 Oct 2012 /Subject: Re: eBay Item
NICE cactus Cat Daddy!!!!!!! Thanks again for an outstanding specimen.
(I bet your doctor never said anything like that!!!) ALL of my/your
cacti are just booming and I have had ZERO trouble rooting. PLEASE, for
the love of all free ranging cats, dogs, and foul, list a few more
Glacious. Thanks again Verne, YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 / Subject: Re: eBay Item
Verne, Thanks, I have already bought another KK242, my 3rd from you. I
am currently down in Peru with my wife visiting her family and I am
going to bring a couple of small "San Pedros" back. There are so many
types they call
San Pedro down here, none of which look like the common one we have in
the States. Anyhow, Thanks again, Eric
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2012 / From: Barbara
hi Fresh cereus cuttings would be fabulous! I would love to get a couple
I have other cactus...but none have produced fruit yet! So far, I have
only been able to harvest a few cactus pads to put in my salads...that
One cactus I ordered from you...I'm pretty sure it was you...awhile
back...it was a san pedro, it was a cutting, and I only had it 3 months,
getting roots... it produded a couple of giant flowers and the cactus
cutting was only 2 ft tall...
I thought that was rare! attached is a picture.
Barbara from Pahrump NV
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012
Hello, I am interested in purchasing some cuttings for you. I'm looking
for appx. 4 feet of the Trichocereus Bridgessi. I believe it also is
called "achuma". I'm interested in purchasing this and was wondering
what four feet would cost. Also, I am in california as well and was
wondering how much/ how long shipping would be as opposed to me picking
it up in person. Looking forward to hearing back from you, Jake Nivison
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012 / Subject: Re: Thanks and some thoughts
Hi, I have been growing Trichocereus plants for about 15 years, and the
info you have taken the time to provide on your website still taught me
a lot. As you know, it takes a lot of time and money (and a fair amount
of heartbreak) to obtain the knowledge you are gracious enough to share.
I genuinely appreciate it.
I wanted to share some thoughts. I recently read on your site something
regarding night time temps that really solidified a belief that I had. I
live in Dallas, and we regularly have summer nights with lows in the
90's. I have seen T. pachanoi plants in California and Australia of mind
boggling size. I used to think it was sun and water (the more the
better), but I am now all but certain it is largely a result of ideal
night time temps. Dallas is a terrible place to grow many plants.
My healthiest Pedros never grow thicker than 3" regardless of how much
sun and water they receive. While the brutal daytime heat is a factor, I
think the night air is the key. This should be pretty obvious based on
the biology of cacti, but it is a factor that really escaped my
realization until recently. It explains why a good friend in Portland
growing cacti from the same source sees plants with twice the diameter.
He feels that he has other problems (particularly with bridgesii)
because he is so far from the equator. He believes that the spectrum and
duration of light his plants receives is not ideal. He may be crazy, but
he is no dummy. There could be something to it.
I was also curious if you have considered grafting any of your peruvians
seedlings. You made the statement that all babies look alike. I couldn't
put it any better. Years ago I ended up with a seedling sold as a KK242
peruvianus. It grew very poorly for several seasons (due mostly to my
inexperience). I had great success grafting slow growing plants to San
Pedro, but it never occurred to me to graft a Trichocerus plant since
they grow so quickly. I ended up grafting it and in one season it took
its full adult form...a KK242 "peruvianus" Obviously I knew what it was
before that point, but if I wanted to know what a seedling would grow up
to be, I would do it again (and have done it since). I actually use a
large KK242 for grafting stock. I get the impression you don't care for
Frankstein plants. I certainly understand and respect that.
I still haven't found a "true" peruvianus. Your site has inspired me to
resume the hunt. Thanks again, and best of luck to you. -Sean
Sean, Well you are certainly more thoughtful than most. Yeah, they grow
best in cool, wet - after I moved from the Bay Area to Central Valley
had to put shade net over them and keep em wet in the summer. Best you
can do where you are is plant where they get full shade in the
afternoon. Set up a misting system to cool them when the sun goes down.
I've purchased 1 gallon per hour nozzles and an intermittent timer to
set this up for myself. When I root cuttings in the summer here I use a
misting nozzle on a hose and walk down the isle drenching them with
mist; but not watering the soil (no roots yet). Did not have to do this
back in the cool SF Bay Area.
You're right that Dallas would suck for these plants. I've been to that
city. Yes, grafting will do wonders for seedlings. A San Pedro column
will blow them up like balloons!
Don't follow you on "...I still haven't found a "true" peruvianus." Your
KK242 is the B&R official...and there is just a spectrum of varieties
found all over Peru. Its like trying to find a "true human" —is it an
American Indian, or an Inuit, or an Aborigine? Or a Mongolian...?
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012 / Subject: Re: Thanks and some thoughts
Not sure I follow what I meant about true peruvianus either. I haven't
been getting much sleep lately :) I guess I have begun to think of the
wild forms as "true" even though you are exactly right about the KK242
strain. Maybe it is my dislike for specimens with a KK designation.
It is kind of sad that some areas of research have so few "experts"
devoting their time to them that we have to rely on the questionable
methodology of people like Knize. I remember reading about him some
years back and being left with the impression that he is far from a
great scientist. He just happened to be one of the only ones with any
extensive field work collecting Trichocereus seeds.
Since most Trichocereus plants in circulation (particularly peruvianus)
only come from a handful of sources, seeing the variations in morphology
in plants from wild collected seeds make it easy to get a little bored
looking at the same old plants. I can't see there being much genetic
variation in plants from multiple sources in the same state. I would
LOVE to see genetic testing done. It really intrigues me to think about
the way cuttings are taken and passed along. I wonder where and when the
mother plant from my specimens was first grown. How far has that one
plant's branches reached?!?
I have never found a plant labeled peruvianus with spines that remained
brown with age (I have only grown plants from five sources). I lost that
KK242 to a freeze the first season it was on its own roots. I currently
have two plants that were sold as peruvianus. Both appear identical to
most KK242 plants I have seen photos of. It is interesting that even
when they are a few feet tall, they still don't really look like mature
I acquired one of the plants when it was fairly large (old). The old
growth has long spines, but it seems to take more than a year for any
new growth or cuttings to show these longer spines. I am colorblind, so
it doesn't mean much when I say the older spines aren't brown, but
compared to the spines on my bridgesii plants I would say that they are
not. They seem to dull and fade after a season.
I have done exactly what you suggest with regards to my placement of the
plants. I have a good spot under a tree where they get full sun until
about 11:30. They remain in the shade until the sun hits them from the
west in the evening. I set my garden hose sprayer to mist and spray them
down on hotter nights. The bridgesii plants really hate me from having
had them sent from California. I wedge grafted a few pups and small
center cut sections (about 1.5") to Opuntia pads. They really take off
and are much more tolerant of the heat . I hate having a bunch of
Frankensteined plants, but I have had a hard time getting healthy plants
going on their own roots. They really seem to hate Dallas, but I really
I have noticed a couple of interesting things doing this. I grafted a 1"
bridgesii tip to a large Peruvianus and a 1" center cut to a small
Opuntia pad. Both are growing at the same thickness as the tips of
rooted cuttings (pretty skinny), but the graft on the peruvianus is
wrinkled and looks dehydrated below the actively growing tip. It is
growing in partial shade as described above. The Opuntia graft is fully
hydrated, and was left sitting in full sun during most of the summer
(Many 100+ degree days). There are even roots growing from the bridgesii
piece. I decided to use Opuntia because it grows like a weed in our
summers. I think it is the only cactus that really does well here. I can
pretty much keep the roots wet (which likely accounts for the more
rapid, healthy growth).
Aesthetics aside, I love grafting. That 1" tip on the peruvianus grew to
a foot tall in just a few months. Too bad it is only about 1.5" thick :(
Anyway. Sorry for the long emails. I don't talk to too many cactus
growers. Thanks for your time. -Sean
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012
Photos from Australia—
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 / Subject: Repotting Cacti
Hi, I have a Trichocereus peruvianus cactus that I bought from you a
while ago, it is beautiful and doing really well. However, it's
definitely ready to be repotted. I remember you used to have more
specific recommendations for care and repotting on ebay but as you're no
longer selling potted cacti I can't find them on there anymore... Is
there somewhere else I could find them (do you have a website?) or would
it be possible for you to email them to me? I would really appreciate it
as I know you are an expert on these cacti :)
I'm specifically wondering whether tiny lava rocks or perlite work
better to mix with the potting soil, the proportions to mix, and whether
soil with mycorrhizae is beneficial or not? Thank you so much for any
advice you can give, I really admire your plants! Melanie
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 / Subject: Your Potting Soil Mix
I noticed your pictorial article on "Mix your own Potting Soil." Your
ingredients were commercial potting soil, Perlite, Coir, and Course
Sand. I showed someone online your article and they said they prefer
Pumice over Perlite. Is this a smart decision? I'm new to this and don't
know which one to chose. Thanks, Jake
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 / Subject: need a bit of guidance on
Dear Bobcat, First off I'm very impressed with your site as well as your
love for your furry friends/companions. I'm also excited to purchase
what looks like the highest quality San Pedro available...here is where
I need help.
I am sincere and am not into games like it seems like you run into quite
a bit from reading your site...so please bear with me. I don't know a
lot about the cyber realm and I can't manage to order direct, I must be
doing something wrong. I would like to buy 30 (I haven't decided how
much I'll be able to spend when the time comes) or 60lbs.. I would
really appreciate it if you would help me figure out what I'm doing
wrong. sincerely, David
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2012
Hello! My name is Brandon, I'm a beginner cactus grower, i'm pretty new
but i've had a couple san pedros for about a year. I'm really interested
in bridgessi, monstrose form as well as normal, and expanding my
I feel very drawn to these plants. Hoping to hear back from you with any
tips on getting started, and possibly acquiring some bridgessi
specimines. From Florida, Brandon
P.s. I attatched an image of my collection, I made these cuts some days
ago and am eager to see the results. Theyre all babies compared to
yours, it was my first time cutting so heres hoping they flourish !
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 / Subject: Soil mix addition...
From: clancy morrison
Hey, I'm loving your website. Lot's of really helpful information Just
had a quick question if you don't mind...I'm about to start growing my
first cactus - a Bridgesii from cutting. I'm planning on using your
basic formula for a soil mix of:
2 parts organic compost
1 parts coconut coir
3 parts of either perlite or pumice
0.25 parts coarse sand
But I'm also planning to add some of this volcanic rock fertilizer to
the forumla: http://goo.gl/2Mk5v. This is because from the reading I've
done, these Trichocereus species seemingly thrive in and are endemic to
the volcanic, mineral-rich soils of the Andes mountain range. My
question is: how much of this do you think I should add, and how should
I adjust the rest of the formula to compensate?
Thanks a bunch, and keep up the great work - Clancy.
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 / Subject: RE: eBay Item
From: "Marshall "
Verne: Thanks for the update. Pls note: I enjoyed and appreciate your
website and made me inclined to trust you, but found it frustrating that
you had ignored two questions I asked before buying. Looking forward to
getting the cactus.
Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2012
Hey, Was wondering if you could ship your cuttings to the Philippines
and how much would it cost with shipping? Saw your site and your cacti
look beautiful. Thinking of maybe ordering some fast growing
T.Peruvianus or whatever you would recommend would grow fast and best in
our tropical climate. Thanks! MS
Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2012 / Subject: About trichocereus.com...
Hi, So what is available is what is on the website I'm lead to when I
choose the "contact" link correct? I tried to click on the "buy now"
link on your website when I saw things I liked. Nothing happened, so I
assume that means its sold already? Sincerely, Brandon/Owner/Director
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Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2012
From: "eBay Member: ....da"
Dear zircon6, I purchased a peruvianus cactus from you back in January.
In Austin, TX weather it grew probably 12-14 inches from Feb-July, give
or take a few because of re-potting it pretty deep. I was totally amazed
by the rapid growth. Seaweed emulsion! The top was quite a bit more
narrow than the base, though. However, I just moved out of my
apartment and in the moving process, the cactus broke in half! It broke
right at a stress point that has been there since I received it, there
was a bit of scarring/lack of spikes across maybe a 1.5 inch band.
What's left of the base is about 9 inches from the soil surface, and
then I have a big 28-inch broken piece. I lost all of the materials that
I received from you, probably somewhere in a box.
What would you recommend I do with the broken ends on both of these? I
really would like to save them and was super proud of the progress so
far. It's currently 100-some degrees in Austin, unsure about the stress
that may be caused. -
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2012 / Subject: re: broken cactus (daniel)
Hey Verne, Thanks for the quick response! Just to follow up, how much
light are they supposed to be getting? From reading the info that came
with it, it seemed that the peruvianus likes slightly cooler temps, so I
wanted to keep it out of full sun in the summer (since it gets above 90
starting in late May), but the spot on the porch where it was definitely
got 6 hours of full sun per day. Anyway, I am not concerned about that
as much as the broken pieces.
One more question -- since the broken piece is so long, can I cut that
into two and root both of them into new plants? In other words, I'm
wondering if the pieces can be cut on BOTH ends, not just the root side.
Ideally I would love to cut that big broken piece into two or three
chunks and propagate it that way. Thanks again! Best, Dan
Daniel, The skinny growth is called etiolation; due to insufficient
light. Broken pieces can be rooted into new plants.
http://sanpedrocactus1.com/propagation.htm The remaining base will
grow offset tips. http://sanpedrocactus1.com/offset_growth.htm
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 / Subject: About trichocereus.com...
Hello, I just wanted to say thank you for your web site about San Pedro.
I pretty much read all of it last night. I like your philosophy and your
model of business. If my San Pedro do not make it, I'll definitely go to
you. People don't always get thanks for making a really helpful web
site. The work you've done is really appreciated. I hope you have a good
day and continued success. David Sent from my iPhone
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012
From: "DIANNE "
My friend Lauri gave me your contact. You helped her with some
scale on her cactus. I would like to buy a couple of similar size 11-12”
San Pedro Wild Andes, but I need to know if they can be shipped to
arrive in Seattle WA by 8/10/12. Also do you have any potted Pachanoi? I
would rather not have to sign up on ebay to buy them. dianne
Date: 9 Aug 2012
Dear zircon6, thanks for the years of work it took to have a set up like
yours . grate pics . I was wondering if these can grow in the ground in
the winter in zone 8b ? some say yes some no . or can i use a long half
dome pvc tarp green house that is 4 or 5 feet tall if 8b is too cold?
also is there a way to force more new tips than normal from a non tip
log? like cutting a small patch out of the second side of a horizontal
planted log? thanks and any other words of wisdom would be grately
appreciated . till then mmat
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 / Subject: cactos san pedro
From: R Roger
Hello I wonder if you send trichocereus cuts for Brazil ... and also if
payment is made by google checkout ...I await contact Roger.
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2012 / Subject: Re: Google Cactus:
Awesome. I appreciate the update. Of all the online vendors I checked
out in search of san pedro, you seemed the most professional (and also
super passionate about the cactus). I'm looking forward to receiving it.
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 / Subject: Re: About San Pedro specimens
All I can say is wow! I am beyond impressed at the lengths you guys went
to make sure my beautiful cactus was shipped safe and unharmed! You guys
definatley go above and beyond customer service and typical
expectations. I will definatley be returning my business to y'all and
refering my friends as well!
By the way, is there anywhere I can post a positive review for you guys
or your business online. I would love to help convince others who are
searching online for cactus that you guys are the way to go.
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012
Hey verne, Sorry to bother you but I had a quick question. I've read all
about planting cuttings on your site, and how it says to barely water
them. I had to leave home for two days and came back and my babies had
been caught out in the rain. My girlfriend, (not having read as much
about them as I) did not think to bring them inside for the shower. My
question is, should I pull them all out and recallous the cuts while the
soil dries and build some kind of visquene cover for the future? or is a
little rain ok if I used a 50% perlite mix like you suggest?
Thanks a lot verne. The cacti look beautiful and healthy. And might I
say, that was a very impressive packing job. Took me at least 10 minutes
to carefully get each one out haha. Appreciate it ;). I know where I'll
go if i ever desire more cacti.
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 / Subject: Sacred Cactus website
hi, i reside in Greece and my name is ilias. i have a 4 feet Pachanoi
which i transplanted a week ago i bought cacti soil and mixed with
perlite in an big plastic pot , as the clay ones had only a couple of
holes at the bottom. i also extensively cleaned the roots with a brush ,
found only a worm before putting the plant back to soil
After consulting a site , i watered the soil to come off easier from the
roots. i left it to dry out for an hour before repotting. Never watered
ever since ,i returned after weekend holiday to see this should i leave
it to dry its own way out or should i do anything? as you can see i used
a stick to keep it straight because it bends a lot thanks a lot
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Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2012 / Subject: A quick question?
Hi there bob I was wondering if you could help me figure something out.
I baught a perouvian torch (And not for the mescalin) but for its high
growing potential. Well my mother made me plant it in some commercial
cactus soil that consisted of peat moss, perlite, and sand.
I decided to add some perlite to the mix to make it more airy when I
planted the plant. She also made me put about two inches of soil over
top of the plant itself. The plant is about two feet high; and I was
wondering if I should do anything to it to fix it. Also worth noting is
that I am using two CFL light bulbs that give an equivalent of 125W of
energy out. The only problem is is that it hits only one side if the
plant (I think I am going to have to rotate it although it hits about
half of the plant) I have not watered it yet for I just transplanted it
today. -C R
Your Mother made you
"put about two inches of soil over top of the
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 / Subject: Sacred Cactus website
hello I've been reading your webpage regarding Karel Knize and
little confused. I've heard that kk242 is a fast growing Peruvian torch
hybrid. you seem to imply that it was ether created by or collected by Karel Knize. so my first question is, was kk242 introduced by Karel
Knize? and my next question would be is kk242 relay the well preforming
plant everyone claims it to be and if so is there a reliable source for
it? if you could answer these questions for me it would be greatly
appreciated. sincerely, Marshall Horton
My webpages about KK242 and the San Pedro hybrid try to explain a few things—
• A response to eBay sellers offering small sections of the hybrid
cross peruvianus x san pedro.
• That the "official" Trichocereus Peruvianus is a plant growing wild in
Matucana, Peru. The famous botanists Britton & Rose listed it almost 100
years ago. Today, that location is also the seed/cutting collection site
of a man named Karel Knize (KK) who assigned it number 242. Thus KK242 =
a Peruvianus growing wild in Matucana,
• That Karel Knize is very old and apparently just takes people's money
without shipping the seed anymore.
What sellers on eBay claim about KK242 to make money may be pure hype—
|1. Excessive publicity and the ensuing commotion: the hype
surrounding the murder trial.
2. Exaggerated or extravagant claims made especially in
advertising or promotional material: "It is pure hype, a
gigantic PR job" (Saturday Review).
3. An advertising or promotional ploy: "Some restaurant owners
in town are cooking up a $75,000 hype to promote New York as
'Restaurant City, U.S.A.'" (New York).
4. Something deliberately misleading; a deception: "[He] says
that there isn't any energy crisis at all, that it's all a hype,
to maintain outrageous profits for the oil companies" (Joel
tr.v. hyped, hyp·ing, hypes
To publicize or promote, especially by extravagant, inflated, or
misleading claims: hyped the new book by sending its author on a
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2012 / Subject: Are termites in my soil a
Having found some termites under my pot of trichocereus pachanoi and
right below the surface area, is that a big problem? How do I get rid of
them? My cacti are healthy and show no signs of rot what so ever, heck
they are doing great! Now after raining yesterday I think they are only
attracted to the moist soil but I am not really sure. Looked for some
small rotting sticks around the area. What else should I do in a
situation like this?
Thank you much!
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2012
Hello. My name is Steve Weaver and I'm a plant hobbyist living in the
Midwest (central Indiana). I've been admiring your website and am
interested in purchasing one or two trichocereus plants. Would you mind
answering just a couple of questions for me, please (and I will do my
best not to come across as overbearing or needy)?
Even though I grow cacti (mostly echinocactus, echinocereus and
ferocactus species) and cycads (encephalartos mainly), and I'm not a
total novice with xeric plants, I've never grown a trichocereus. Do you
know if the species are tolerant of humidity? It's the only cultural
factor that I don't have a lot of control over during the summer when my
plants go outdoors.
Also, if you wouldn't mind recommending a plant or two, I would greatly
appreciate your time and consideration. I'm mainly interested in the
potted cuttings from 2011 that are featured on your website--basically a
cultivar (or species) that has noteworthy hardiness, vigorous growth and
doesn't have to grow twenty feet tall or into a large specimen clump
before it's able to bloom. Thanks in advance for your help. Best
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 / Subject: Rauhocereus riosaniensis var.
From: Greg S
Dou you happen to sell this plant?? Thanks, Greg
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 / Subject: Re: eBay Item
Thank you so much!! Especially for ending the one auction so I could get
the other KK242. In all honesty, I'm quite interested in the traditional
shamanistic uses of these cacti. I may be headed in the right direction
I was wondering though is if you have any opinion of this. As I said,
after *much* research, I find a good deal of the information to be had
is contradictory. Regardless, you have the best specimens I've seen
*anywhere* and intend to acquire as many more as I can.
You wouldn't by chance know any collectors/nurseries who offer the NON
prohibited Lophophora perhaps? Those are all totally gorgeous and if I'm
reading the laws correctly it seems that only L. Williamsii is a
prohibited species. I'm having some rather serious issues with my health
now though and I don't have 7-8 years to wait for a flower after growing
from seed. Thanks for everything and you have a truly outstanding day
sir! Regards, Donald
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 / Subject: Re: eBay Item
From: Greg S
Thanks Verne, Always a pleasure doing business with you. The cacti I
bought two years ago are thriving! Greg
Date: 14 Jun 2012 / Subject: growing inside?
I have a nice collection of Trichocereus, some of which i bought from
you (ebay). I've a question that i hope you could answer(if its a
complicated answer i will pay you for the advice! your site is great and
deserves support anyway), for i havent gotten any great answers on
I keep them on the porch, and only a few can get any direct light
because of the way my house is positioned, so i must rotate them.
I am in North Florida, and this poses two problems. First, we do get
freezing temps in the winter. Second, we get a lot of rain. so i cannot
plant them outside because they would either get soaked or frozen. Thus,
they all must be potted. It is my understanding that if the soil gets
soaked then my columnar "friends" will rot. I assume the reason you're
able to grow them in the ground and outside because of your climate(less
Main questions: How would someone in my location/position grow them
properly. how do you manage so many cacti/how can i? I keep mine
on the porch because if it suddenly rained i/my cacti would be screwed.
I suppose you dont have to do this? Current ideas: buy or build a
greenhouse or a shelter with a plexiglass roof in an area that gets good
sun, or maybe just set up a fluorescent light on a timer for the cacti
in the back of the porch.
Thanks for taking the time - I am pretty desperate for help. Jason
I don't own a greenhouse - just white tarps over frames. No heat.
Plexiglass houses and such will overheat and burn. Light is too intense
- you always see greenhouses painted white for that reason. (They use
watered down white latex paint)
Rain is the best thing for these plants - pure, distilled H2O. They come
from equatorial mountains bathed in warm clouds.
California has a rainy season - you may see on the news every year the
floods. It rains like hell. We get pacific storms called "the pineapple
express" of warm rain. My plants love it and get rich green, vibrant and
I leave them in their pots in a grow house with only a 30% shade net
roof. They are drenched in winter rain.
Over watering occurs when the pots can't drain and the roots drown. Mine
have no problem because its winter - cold, short days. Too much water in
HOT times can be bad. Not in winter.
http://sanpedrocactus1.com/san_pedro_cactus_flowering2.htm - this link
shows plants during the rainy season. They flowered. 've never been to Florida so have no experience or advice about zone
San Pedro planted in the earth here in California can handle the rainy
season - mine always have because the roots become huge like trees.
Small specimens in small pots have problems because its not a natural
environment. Small pots over heat and cook the roots or spawn unhealthy
fungus or something. Always up-pot to large containers with large
drainage holes. I use a 3/4" drill bit to make lots of holes in those
blue 20 gallon tubs. Lowes has them and Walmart for about $8.
These plants I moved in 2004 are still in the blue plastics tubs shown -
and outdoors in the natural rain - and have produced hundreds of
100% sun is too intense and afternoon shade better. I grow an entire
field under a 30% shade net strung over poles. They like that.
This is all I know.
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012
Subject:cactus bud removal / From: Brooke Dean
Good morning! I have spent a few enjoyable hours noodling around on your
site and garnering some great information, but not the answer to my
exact question. I was given a seedling of some variety of Peruvian Torch
a few years ago, and I have loved it since it and all it's many brethren
were tiny tiny babies I misted for my friend when he would go on
It's growth rate has not been phenomenal, but it's been doing all right
hibernating in the winter and being put out in the hot and humid VA
summers. Last year in the spring before I put it outside my cat got
curious (what a surprise!) and nibbled on it at the top and middle of
the column, because apparently one taste wasn't enough, and you can
still see teeth marks where he got it at the middle in the picture I'm
Where the punctures were at top, two buds appeared and have gotten
pretty fat since I put it back out for summer this year. Should I cut
them off and replant them separately or let them do what they want? If I
cut them, what do I do about the tip of my parent plant, just let it dry
|I know I need to do it now while it's still hot and dry them
out. They didn't really do anything for a year, but this year
they just took off, and I want to do what's best for my cactus
so it grows healthy and strong, but I haven't been able to find
the answer to this exact situation. Thank you so much for your
site and I appreciate all the help you've already given. Have a
wonderful day! Brooke. Hiking ever higher, pushing ever farther
|Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 / Subject: Please, help me to
identify my varietes /
Helo, I was wandering would you be so kind to help me identify
my Trichocereus cactii. I bought some seeds , I guess from
Holland (Europe), if I dont make mistake. 2005-2006y, cant
remember the year , even the site.
I live in Serbia, Europe. Oh, .. on some of them I cut-off
central spine (4-5cm) 'cose I regulary hurt myself (too small
room). I know its "wrong" but I dont have any other solution.
Thanks in advance. Sincerely, D.
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2012
Good afternoon, My name is Mark Bishop and I have a cactus that was
transplanted without my knowledge and obtained a gash on its side. I
left it alone and thought that it would heel on its own however it
recently formed a black spot. I have cut away the affected area and
powdered with garden dust to help keep away fungus. I was curious what
else I need to do or what I need to redo to make sure that this lives
and not dies. Thank you in advance for your help. Kind Regards,
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2012
From: cody redfern
Verne, I've been having a little trouble finding your ebay store, not to
mention I have never actualy bought anything from ebay. I was looking to
expand my collection faster than they can pup and your website is the
most well put together place to find information about every step of the
process. If you are still in any type of business of selling some
specimins you should contact me and maybe we can work out some kind of
You have/had an amazing collection and you express your feelings about
e-bay deadbeats and try to unveil unfairness about untrue people such as
KK, and that shows alot about your respect for other people, which sucks
when people take advantage of that with the paypal scam.
Wow. Its nice of you to give me such sincere compliments. Here is a
picture of my new dog. She is a livestock guardian who lives with the
sheep, in the sheep enclosure. Because she guards them I named her
Angel, as in Guardian Angel.
While this may not seem apropos...it is in the way I see things.
Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 / Subject: RE: eBay Item
From: "Doug "
Verne, I really appreciate you replacing that cutting. Like I said
in a previous email, I am happy with it and wasn’t complaining and I
certainly wasn’t trying to get something for free. So, again, thanks for
going the extra mile, I really appreciate your great service and great
product. I’ll be buying something again soon. Like I said before….
Trying to rebuild my collection. I’m looking for probably a T. bridgesii
next….. Have to save up a little more. The potted cactus arrived today
also. Everything in good shape. Thanks again.
Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 / Subject: san pedro
my cactus arrived today, thank you for the care you took in packing
them. i will be ordering more for here at the house and out at the ranch
in the near future. thank you again. Roger nnn
Date: Sun, 20 May 2012
From: "Natural Goodness- jake"
dear sirs, I don’t mean to sound like an idiot by asking you directly
but, id like to buy a pack of San Pedro seeds. how much are they
including shipping? id also like to ask how much a San Pedro seedling
cost including shipping. I am serious about buying one or the other if
not both. I will not waist your time. thank you for your patients with
me truly. jacob
Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 / Subject: Sacred Cactus website
From: Red <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Have what I believe to bring, a dwarf San Pedro. Caused by years of be'n
trapped in a small pot
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 Subject: Re: Google Checkout Item
I just received my order from you and I wanted to write to thank you for
such beautiful plants. The packaging was superb as well. I can't wait to
propagate these amazing species! Thank you again!!
Date: Sat, 5 May 2012 / Subject: from pete
From: "Pete "
muchas gracias, from pete in colorado, my good friend you gave me last
fall is doing well, thank you for doing what you do!
Date: Sat, 5 May 2012
I was looking at your website planning to purchase San Pedro. There is
no information about the size, length of your San Pedro cactus. Shipping
weight doesn’t tell me much. I am ready to purchase with a little more
I would like to speak with someone by phone if possible. I have been
growing San Pedro for three years, but I am in Florida where it is very
humid. All the pups are about 1.5 inches in diameter as opposed to three
inches from the original cutting.
I was hoping someone might have some suggestions, if you will give me
your phone number.
If not, my number is 727-214-0477
Thanks Tedd Driver
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2012
Just a quick note to thank you again. Your Alaska-transplanted San Pedro
kid is doing quite well. It has already grown more than an inch.
I may in fact take it home where it may get both eastern and southern
sun exposure and we will have more space for it to grow than in my
office (although I do not anticipate that it will grow to the large
proportions that it does down in California and other lower latitudes.)
Photos from my house—
Date: April 6, 2012
Hello,I wrote to you a while ago, but got no response. Just wanted to
double-check if you can ship cacti to Canada. Thanks a lot! -Alex
"No international sales—plants cannot be
exported without very time consuming, expensive paperwork—such as
Dept. of Agriculture quarantine, phytosanitary permit, customs
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 / From: Ryan
Hello, I love your site and visit it quite frequently but I have a quick
question if you don't mind answering it (I won't be offended if you
don't respond...I'm sure your inbox gets swamped). I let my San Pedros
pretty much go to crap over the winter. They were inside, under great
light, but just never really got around to watering them. Now, they are
thin, sagging, and soft in parts. Is it best to just chop them up into
little pieces and re-pot, or just take the tips, or something else? I
follow all of your instructions for soils and potting. Any help you can
provide would be much appreciated! Thanks, Ryan
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 / Subject: A few questions
Hello, First of all I want to thank you for putting so much information
on your website about these wonderful cactus! Okay, two things. First, I
have recently purchased a small seedling from a swap meet here in
southern california. The man I bought it from did not have any cactus
knowledge at all and didn't know if it was a bolivian torch or a san
pedro. I like both of them and would be happy with either I'm just very
curious as to which spiecies it is. I attached a picture of it and was
wondering if you would be able to identify it? Second, that trichocereus
spachianus that you have on your 2008 rooted cuttings page is gorgeous!
I'm wondering if you have any cuttings for sale and for how much? Thank
you for your time. -Randall
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 / From: Gerald
Subject: The four san pedro arrived in dandy shape.
Hiya Verne, Barney chin rubbing new arrivals yesterday, gives a tails
up, after my thumbs up as per skill at packing for transit at your end,
pretty much ensuring safe arrival no matter how handled in transit.
All four will get a different location, " with room to move, roots that
is" in the Earth. I feel they will do well here in Port Aransas, tx. A
mile from the gulf, and backing on wetlands is perfect distance to keep
salt air off them. Homes closer to the beach can't grow much that does
not grow in sand dunes. Solid zone 9 sometimes bordering a ten.
Man,,,,,, in a few years these youngsters are going to be grownups!
Thats so very cool. Thank you for selling on ebay.
My highest recommendations to all at your end.
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 / From: James
Verne, Thank you for the cactus. I was totally impressed by the diligent
care that you gave to packing it. It arrived looking very healthy. You
packed it exactly as described on your website. You gave clear and
accurate advice about the shipping process and cost to Alaska. I also
greatly appreciate the complimentary instructions for cactus care that
you provided. I am a very satisfied customer who recognizes and
appreciates your honorable business practices and interest that you show
your customers. I have the cactus sitting in my east-facing office
overlooking the front range of the Chugach Mountains, soaking up the
growing daylight as we are now past vernal equinox and gaining about 5
min and 40 seconds of more daylight each day. I hope that your adorable
Solar Lamby is doing well. Warm regards,
Nice to know that San Pedro is alive and well in Alaska. Thanks.
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2012 / From: Shannon
Subject: Concerning payment for Peruvian Torch cactus...
I'm really interested in your 18" Peruvian torch cactus. Now that I'm in
Georgia, I could keep her outside most of the year to catch plenty of
sun. I didn't have much luck in Tennessee, but I think being a few
hundred more miles south will help. I do have a small request regarding
payment. I have ordered from you in the past and I would like to order
again, but I may need to ask for another option for payment. My debit
card # was stolen a month ago and my credit card # stolen a couple of
weeks ago. I think both cases were via the internet, so I am a little
worried about using my cards on the internet right now. Actually, my old
credit card # is still being reviewed by the fraud department. The old
card # was stolen and used on Paypal, so I cannot use my new card # via
Paypal right now. With Paypal's loose requirements, I am reluctant to
put my debit card information in their system. Is there another way I
could pay you? (I could send a money order if you would like.) If you
could help me out, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks, Shannon C.
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2012 / From: Scott / Subject: Hello friend! San Pedro question
Hello, I was just reading over your sacredcactus website, which is just
a wealth of great knowledge. But I had a couple questions and was hoping
you had a moment to help. I bought a San Pedro tip cutting
(11")...planted it 2" deep in an 8" terra cotta pot with premium cactus
mix soil I got from Zamzows...and it has been sitting for a little over
a month. It sits on a counter in a brightly lit room, but for the first
few weeks I was moving it into direct sunlight. Now, the tip looks a bit
tapered, so I'm not sure how to remedy this. I'm no longer giving it
direct sunlight..will it just correct itself? The soil was never
watered, so it's real dry..should I water it? If so, how much? Should I
pull it from the pot and try a different approach? Any advice, tips, or
guidance you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your
Love & light, Scott Levitt
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 / Subject: san pedro / From: Matic
dear mr My name is Matic and i am from Slovenia, a small country right
next to Italy. I have always wanted to grow these big huge cactus here
but i cannot get a hold of a good seed seller. I think these sellers are
trying to rif me off with soooo high prices. I was thinking if you could
maybe send me some seeds over post for which i will pay no problem. If
you would be so kind and decide to send them here is my address:
I understand if you do not wish to send the seeds, i just thought id
give it a try and find you in a good mood. Looking at your page i see
you really know what you are doing and i respect that. Thank you for
your time and i wish you all the best regards Matic
I know Slovenia! In 1971 Virginia and I rode our Triumph motorcycle from
England to Greece and back. We went through Yugoslavia to get to Greece
because Albania was a closed communist country. If I lived there I'd
move to California.
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2012 / From: Clint
Subject: seeking info on san pedro cactus
Hi, I was looking over your very extensive site, learning about the San
Pedro Cactus. We have a very large one (about 15 feet tall with a 3-4 ft
diameter at the base). It has been planted in the ground for probably 30
to 40 years and appears to be in excellent health. Problem is, it is in
a bad spot and we would like to take it out. The question is, would
something this size be marketable and if it was, what would one sell it
for? I would be very interested in any info you might be able to share
with me. You may email me or reach me on my cell phone. thanks much,
I don't own a cell phone.
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012
Hello i was interested in getting multiple pedro and torches. i looked
on ebay and was just wondering if you could do a lot for cheaper and
cheaper shipping. Also if you could let me know what kind were available
id appreciate it.
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2012 / From: salvatore ccccc
Hi, I'd be interested to purchase pachanoi. I wanted to know your prices
and if sent in Italian, thanks
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2012 / From: Dave
Hey Raccoony, Mate I wont keep bothering you. I think soon enough I will
just order some cuttings but had just remembered I once found this young
cactus in a bin after it had been disgarded by a student who bought it
as a prop for a photo. Can you believe that? Anyway I had to save him.
Still been having a few problems trying to ID Peruvians but was
wondering if this might be one. Just wasn't sure due to the spikes being
different from most photos I have seen and the images on the link you
sent me. Thanks again. I really appreciate your help.
All the best from Aus.
Not a Trichocereus
|(below) Paul found an arrowhead in the desert
around Joshua Tree
(right) Paul also saw chemtrails
(below) a Dali art tattoo
|Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 / From: "linnea"
Subject: San pedro getting tall but still skinny!
I've had this cactus for a few years now - it came from the top
of a friend's plant, that was blown over and broken off in a
storm. I rooted it in a pot, without any real research or
trouble. I admit, the first pot I had it in was doubtless much
and I waited too long before repotting it. But it has grown
well, certainly tall, and I've taken cuttings from it twice. But
all of them - my original plant and both the repotted cuttings,
have stayed very skinny. I've attached a photo to show you. The
tallest here is the original plant and it's in a 10-inch pot.
You can see both times a cutting was taken, it grew an offshoot
on the same side. At this rate, I'll be in bad need to cut it
again this spring since it's so tall and skinny it will fall
over soon if I don't! I would love it if I could get these guys
to grow fatter, so they'd have more of a base to hold up the
height if they grow tall.
I live in Oregon and they stay indoors near our sunniest window.
They are planted in a mix that's about 40% perlite, 40% potting
soil, and 20% sand. Any advice on making them fatter? Any advice
on how to rearrange things when I am ready to take cuttings in
the spring? Thanks in advance!
Cactus need light. Without enough light they just don't have the
energy for photosynthesis. Your plants are "etiolated".
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 / Subject: Re: Google cactus / From: Linni
Thanks! I may add another one to the order since this will not go out
till Monday. Just moved into a new home and was not able to bring my
cactus with me (I bought a specimen from you a few years back that I
really miss). Now i have the *perfect* spot that I can just envision
creating a gorgeous grove and introducing a few of your cacti to :) So
don't be surprised if you start seeing my name pop up over the next few
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 / From: William
/ Subject: Something Cool!
I got some seedlings last year (last couple months) and I was so happy,
I checked them every day, when I woke up, when I went to sleep... I read
for days to make sure I didn't water too much or not enough.. well,
sometime in nov dec, I learned what too much attention means.. I had
these in a terrible spot, a danger zone for little cacti... I was just
getting them a drink but the motion I made caused a heavy bottle full of
metal stuff to fall and chop one of my tender babies in half... was
ironic, the day before I was reading about someone having issues with a
wet cutting and they used a blowdryer on low to dry it out (to prevent
mold) and there was more to the story ( this led to me just coming up
with something to do in a panic).. my little cuttings (breakings maybe?)
were about 1 inch a piece and about the width of a nickel, maybe
smaller.. I had to clean some dirt out of the cut and since there no
such thing as a sterile qtip, I just washed them gently and blew the
water away gently with the dryer on low.. I put the rooted one back in
the dirt and I let the top break dry for a week or so, til it was really
dry... The rooted half, seemed to be okay in a few days, I left it dry
several days and then got it back on the water schedule, then the ribs
As it says everywhere I researched, never water a dry cutting, even a
tiny one (just mist them, I know, I know, til they have roots) ... So I
stuck the top half in dirt but left it dry... well, not a month later I
decided to take pictures of all my projects and my nature family... and
it looked like the top half that had been in dirt for 2 weeks was
shriveling away... I wasn't gonna water it yet, but I did by mistake
meaning to water the one next to it... go figure, 24 hours later, it
puffed up again and looks great... who would've thunk, with some tlc, a
one inch tip, not even half inch thick, could be rooted with good soil
and tlc... course it may be the strain, maybe the species, maybe the
cacti gods (it's Gaia) but im just wow... I even think you would have
told me its gone, course I understand you got lots and lots of babies
and responsiblities and so I don't blame ya... (or maybe you would have
told me to never give up!) but I wasnt' gonna give up on this little
dude... look at these pics! 1/11 and 1/12... in case you post all of
this on your page (that I just discovered, don't know how I missed your
blog the last time I spent hours on there, perhaps a.d.d), I think this
would be a great help for someone not so ready to give up on these
little rugged boogers in the event of "special" divine intervention....
I hope you do post it, or maybe it'll inspire you to turn a frown upside
down... another wierd thing.. I got some cuttings maybe a foot or so...
they were cut in november in a zone 9 area (S. Texas) ... dried for a
week, mailed and then put up in my closet for a wait until spring..
well... another go figure.. two of them just started shooting out root
buds! They didnt' wanna wait for spring.. I didn't try to trick them I
was just really nice to them, (didn't even spray them w/water tho) and
made sure there was no mold... frankly, I just encouraged them to be
themselves... and they did! Now I need leaf mold and more worm shit! Im
not trying to prove you wrong, but in a way it means ur right, nature
has its own schedule, and its own clock (no matter how hard they try to
make a quartz into a time piece, it'll always be a quartz) Hope you
enjoy my little short story and Goddess Bless!
P.S. thats one of the very few short stories I ever wrote in my whole
life... did you see how I disguised two events as one story, (my new
technique, COPYRIGHT) I wrote one in Kindergarten but it was never
published cause somehow the cover was glued on upside down, and in spite
of the material, it was not allowed to compete in the city finals :( -->
:) < laff, that'll show them... I should design a line of books with the
cover upside down to show the public school system what true originality
is all about... smirk .. oh and last p.s. actually a p.s.q. can you tell
i've been reading your site alot by my sense of humor in the last two
emails? you are quite an influence Verne! :)
Hi Verne...I wasn't sure if you ever got my email b4, but aha, I found
it on your blog! lol... Well, last time when I tried to bid on your ebay
auctions, I was doing so w/out a paypal account ( but pd dozens of times
as a guest)... and when I clicked "Bid" it said, user requires paypal
acct or something... well , I didn't actually get to bid because of that
but I purchased some gorgeous Andes Torches from you off of your site (
I didn't know your site existed at first and took me a day or so to
realize it was the same auctions (thanks to your lovely blankets) ...
Well... Im back, after gawking at your pics for over a month, I gave in
and re opened an ebay account, verified address, account everything,
100% positive feedback (and I've only ever left one neg to a jackass who
never responded to a missing item but anwered paypal in the first half
I really can't afford most of your stuff but I was charmed by your
Fastest V. Ugly w/Brain Damage... I've seen that one expire b4... It
kind of reminds me of me when I was growing up... The teachers, the
schools, the churches the authority, just couldnt handle me... mama was
very worried and put me in a lockdown psych place cause she was worried
about me... Doctor said I had brain damage and would never function in
society... Well. I did! I don't give two shits about society but I
mastered it in my early 20's til I realized most of my friends are
fakes, and that happiness has absolutely nothing to do with money (and
if you think it does you aren't really happy)
Not all of my friends though.. nature (especially the dogs and Paul Lee
the mouthy red headed conure) never let me down! I started out with
trees, Japanese Maples, but luckily before I spent my life savings in
2009 on living art, I realized that the climate here is just not right
for norther hemisphere trees with few exceptions... so now, I thought
about that lovely fastest v. ugly and just a few minutes ago I decided
that all the guy needs is some love, water and worm castings (and a huge
rolling pot).. but now your ebay is telling me to screw off again! I've
done everything you wanted Verne! Why Me! I Love you maaaaaan!
lol Im wondering , did I piss you off with my feedback or something? I
hope not- being honest is not a virtue (it really isn't especially for
getting chicks) , but things I say never seem bad to me until I read
them 30 days later... I was only upset that I couldn't buy more from
you!... (wait it still doesn't seem that bad@ what I said) ... Perhaps
this is a protection mechanism designed by nature get me to think this
through before I adopt another happy cactus instead of filling my tank
with petrol so I can think of the good dictators that keep their pinky
fingers on the price of oil and their thumbs on the red "nuke" button,
as I ponder, on the way to anywhere, how much better life would be if we
all had bicycles and were forced to make eye contact with ppl
oh well... sigh...
I hope you grant me the opportunity to raise this needy child... i'll
try and bid again when theres a minute left, if not then maybe i'll just
throw that money in a jar so I can save up and get back to Lima (I was
Tupac Amaru in a past life)... if not, thats okay too! but I hope so :)
Sweet Dreams :), ... one more :) just to balance things out... ttyl
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 / From: Tom
The pictures on the web site are great! I've been growing some of my
cacti for 18 years...and still no flowers! One day. Ive been a member
(non-Indian) of the Native American Church for 43 years and love growing
cactus. Good luck to you always ! You have my e-mail address should you
want to contact me. I'd enjoy hearing from you, and I do understand your
life is very full, but meeting other serious cactus people is a fruitful
endeavor. Be well. Sincerely, Tom.
What you say about people is true enough...but there are a lot of folks
around who have much to offer; goodwill, useful wisdom, comfort, love.
Back in the 80's someone said to me, "A friend in need is a friend to
avoid". Funny, sorta, but not how I like to be. Those are two great
lookin' canine companions. I've got a mutt for the first time in my
life. She's half corgi and half chihuahua and a fraction of terrier.
Smart, funny, intelligent. Yeah, dogs just love unconditionally. Keep on
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 / From: Ross
Thank you Verne, and the others are happy and have grown as expected.
Will send pictures soon. Your friend, Ross
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2012 / From: Dave
Hello my name is Dave. I love your website,lots of great
info.Unfortunately there is a border between us, so i cant order any
(from canada). For christmas my uncle gave me this lovely cactus which I
believe is a San pedro. Since your an expert in this area I was
wondering if you could help me correctly identify this cactus. Thanks a
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Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 / From: Maria / Subject: Cactus story
Hello, my name is Maria. I am a student in Sweden writing my thesis
about Peruvian emigrants online participation and maintenance of
transnational ties. I came across your website and was wondering if you
or your family moved from Peru at some point or if you just like this
Peruvian type of cactus ? :) In first case, if possible could write a
bit about why you/your family moved and how and why you opened the
cactus business. I would greatly appreciate your help.
PS Happy New Year!
All melted now, but was nice to see,,,
This is why Paul brings his collection of
Trichocereus inside his studio during the winter.
collection moved indoors to prevent freezing.