"I took a few photos for you while in the
December 25, 2014
Thanks Verne. I took a few photos for you while in the garden
today. Merry Christmas. Lawrence
"certified P Torch, looking for the real thing"
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 / From:
Hello Do you sell certified P Torch, looking for the real thing from S.
"Good to see you and the therapy dogs made it through the storm."
December 18, 2014
Thanks Verne and Angels for the GREAT cuttings and the
freebee!!! Got the soil mixed and waiting for the Clone-X.
weather has all the Tricho's putting out new growth. As dumb luck would
have it, a variety store is closing in my town so I got a good deal on a
heater to keep the chill off the cacti.
Good to see you and the therapy
dogs made it through the storm. As always, I do enjoy the stories and
pictures and all your hard work as evidenced by the outstanding
I hope you all have a great week and stay in torch, I mean
touch, ha ha.
Your friend always, Charles.
"you did me right by including the two extra cuttings"
November 22, 2014
Hey, just wanted to say that all is well that ends well and I think you
did me right by including the two extra cuttings to make up for lost
time. Hope you have a great thanksgiving and I look forward to doing
business in the future, - kaiser_adam
"I recently acquired a San Pedro cactus, or so I was told."
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 / From: "Sean Wenzfield" <yytzpa@mail>
Hey, I'm Stephen and I recently acquired a San Pedro cactus, or
so I was told. I have used your site to learn plenty about Trichocereus
Pachanoi and Peruvianus but I was wondering if you could tell me any
more about actually confirming the cactus as a San Pedros. Additionally,
any information about what cuttings from it could be grafted to in order
to accelerate growth would be appreciated. Thank you, Stephen
"how often I should be watering it, does it need fertilizer, etc."
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 / From: Linda Vaudreuil
Hello, I am hoping you can offer some cactus advice. I acquired an 8
foot tall San Pedro Cactus and I repotted it on my own about 3 years
ago. The small plastic pot it was in wasn’t heavy enough to keep it
stable. When I repotted it, it wasn’t exactly vertical, and now over the
years I have seen new shoots growing straight up from the slanted ones.
I am wondering if I should cut off the slanted ones or leave them. I
don’t want to compromise the entire plant. Also, I am wondering how
often I should be watering it, does it need fertilizer, etc. It appears
to be healthy with the exception of a brown patch or two it has had for
years. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. There aren’t many cactus
experts here in New Hampshire. Thank you. Linda
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"a very large San Pedro cactus growing near the garage...A month ago it
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 ? From: alan linzer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi, I have enjoyed browsing your web site and appreciate the
vast amount of knowledge you are sharing. My wife bought a house in San
Pedro, CA in 1979 that had a very large San Pedro cactus growing near
the garage. The house was built in 1902, the garage probably around the
same time and the cactus has probably been there almost as long. A month
ago it fell over. I have rescued as much as I can and hope to start many
new plants from the original. I have attached a few photos.
My main question for you is this. I live in Boulder Creek, CA (the Santa
Cruz mountains as you probably know). I brought the cuttings here and
have laid them out on a tarp in my backyard which is along side Boulder
Creek. (see photo) Do you think they will be okay in that position
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"We had a cold spell and I'm thinking it froze"
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 ? From: Esley Miller
I purchased a San Pedro cactus approximately a year ago. It has been a
very awesome cacti. It has grown about two feet. We had a cold spell and
I'm thinking it froze. It broke in half. Do you think it is worth
saving? I have the broken part sitting on my counter and I feel so bad
for it. I truly love my cactus. Do you have any suggestions on what to
do? It's like it's sitting here crying. Any suggestions would be most
greatful!! Thanks, Rhonda
"I just want to say please keep up the amazing
November 13, 2014 / Dear cactus_kate_trichocereus,
Hello there! jus It wanted to compliment you on your lovely cacti :)
They are beautiful! If you have a moment, I am curious how your passion
developed and what inspires you about them. I also understand you may be
extremely busy or might not want to answer questions, and if that's the
case, then I just want to say please keep up the amazing work :)
Thank you so much! Have a great day! - glasstronaut
"I received an email from ebay threating me with being banned"
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 / From: Mark Harvey <email@example.com>
Hi Was just interested if you have ever had problems selling on eBay. I
listed 12" cuttings in the UK they sold, but after I received an email
from ebay threating me with being banned from the site if I tried to
sell them again as it breached there drugs policy. I have big plants all
growing in the ground some are inside and some unprotected outside,
they,re not the best plants to grow outside in England but they do grow
thick but slowly, they do get plenty of water here. I have two types a
very blue one and a green one. Regards Mark
"didn't make it back to a computer to bid "
Dear cactus_kate_trichocereus, hello, i was interested in purchasing
this cactus, but i have been out of town and didn't make it back to a
computer to bid on it before it the auction ended. is it still
available, and is there any way to purchase it? thank you. -
"stumps that grow new nodes"
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 / From: Fred Weckerling <firstname.lastname@example.org>
i saw your pages with the t. peruvianus stumps that grow new nodes.
would you be willing to sell or know where to acquire those?
"Any opportunities for volunteering/work trade?"
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 / From: Scott Fredell
Greetings, I am an artist (attached a few freehand drawings to this
email) and plant lover from Minnesota and plan on heading west soon. I
love cactus and have brought a few here home from my travels and grown
them over the years. I Would like to learn more about growing and caring
for them. I would like to grow them here and share this wonderful
plant with Minnesota. Any opportunities for volunteering/work trade?
Thanks. Peace and Health. Scott
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"stop the item not paying process"
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 / From: Schoellhorn <email@example.com>
Hi there...I bought some cacti on ebay from you. Somehow I can't
contact you anymore there. I already asked you there but please send me
a total of all the cacti plus postage and stop the item not paying
process. User: sinsem123 Best regards, Fabian Schoellhorn
I don't ship to Switzerland. http://sanpedrocactus1.com/buy_direct_details.htm
"mad love and respect for all your great work!"
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 /
From: Landon bunner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello =) Hope
all is well. First off I must say BRAVO! I spend So much time looking
through your images, yall are very talented and passionate... and then a
bit more! You respect these amazing beauties like me and that warms my
heart! I have a question or two. I was gifted a large collection that
seems to be mostly sourced from you and knize, I have a blast looking
through your images and finding mine that are (maybe) matches!
I would really like to add a few particular varieties to my lot.
I have only 2 monstrous "peni" form; one shot pheno and one long. I
would love to own a small group of the short for and wonder if any ever
become available also the costs the run. I hope to have a crest or two
one day, but that's outta my price range and I cant find a show near
Chicago were I could maybe find a trade one for trade for one of my 4
I'm also interested in a TJJ, I think I have one, though I decided the
genius its myself..and, well..yea. lol. I'm going to
go through your ebay and see what is listed, I mainly just wanted to
send mad love and respect for all your great work! I hope to have a
heated greenhouse by next season so I can up my cactus hoarding =P.
Thank you in advance, I have to go as it is bach time for the "blues and
small torches" and they get upset if I'm late. Lando
"Please give me order instructions"
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 / From: textlea <email@example.com>
Please give me order instructions and prices for San Pedro
catus Sent from my MetroPCS 4G Android device
"With Bitcoin I would conserve my anonymity"
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014
Hello, are you willing to sell your San Pedro to my different customers
by accepting bitcoin as payment? That way I would conserve my anonymity. Thank you. Monty
"What section would that (sand) be in at Lowes?"
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 / From: Darren <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Course sand at Home Depot or Lowes, what section would that be
in? Is that the same sand used to make concrete? Any suggestions on
where to get the top dressing that your using to keep the soil in? Thank
you for your support. Darren
"Can you help Identify this cactus?"
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 / From: Mike Herlihy
Sacred Cactus website - Can you help Identify this cactus? Visiting your
site you seem like a very good authority on the subject.
"Can I come to your house and buy in bulk?"
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 / Interest in purchasing
a bulk amount of San Pedro cacti / From: Kennan Grigg <email@example.com>
I've taken interest in the san pedro cactus for quite a while now. The
only means I have of obtaining some is through amazon and i'm never even
sure if it's the right type or if it's lineage is sub-par to what I
It say's on your website that you guys are located in the bay area and I
live in the area and would be much more interested in a pickup/delivery
or a specified order then making multiple orders and pay shipping for
all of them. I'm not trying to get a redundant amount of cactus
cuttings, but maybe somewhere between 10 and 15, enough to decorate and
cover some of my garden perimeter.
I was hoping doing bulk would maybe ease the prices a little but i'm
willing to pay whatever price (unless it's cheaper to get it through you
guys on amazon somehow) because you definitely seem like the most
professional dealer I can find, and you happen to be in my area so it
seems like the most convenient option. If there's some other way i'm
supposed to contact you guy's please let me know because this is all I
could find from the website. Thank you for taking the time to read this,
hopefully I can get a response.
I don't have
enough to sell "bulk"...only enough to get by each year... my
home is private property—there is no retail store
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 / From: Taryn Elayne McVicker
I have 2 San
Pedro cacti, I was just wondering if any of yours have ever bloomed? If
so what color? I have all kinds of cacti inside my house as I just had
to bring them in, as the weather is changing… but aall of my other 17
different kinds stay outside all winter (Ohio). My children are all
grown so now I can have my cactus back in my life! Thank-you,Taryn
Look in the navigation bar for
(below) I shot this photo from my deck. Really.
The collies watch, it being Millie's first time to see the miracle of
tiny sheep falling out of the mama.
I would like to cut them and make more cacti :)
|Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 /
Subject: Request for advice for my 2 cacti / From: Roy Stem
Dear Mr cactus,
I love your website, very informative and very nice pictures :)
I'm currently in possesion of 2 San Pedro cacti. These were give
to me by a friend and for a while stood unlooked at on my
I started giving them a shedload of water a year or 3 ago again
and now they've grown a lot taller then when i got them. You can
probaby see by looking at them when they started getting plenty
of water. the one on the reight grew that whole new top in only
2 years. Same rate for the one on the left.
Now I would like to cut them and make more cacti :) Can you give
me some adice on where exactly to cut them and how big the
cuttings need to be? I understand that I just need to let them
dry and put them in dry soil for a bit to make them root.
They're currently sitting in normal store bought potting soil.
So far it seems to work well. I have no garden so I cannot stick
them into the ground as I'd like too.
As you can see they are a bit bent and i'd like to get them as
straight as I can so they don't fall over and fall to the floor.
I do plan on using a lot bigger pots (as big as my windowsill
will allow). I want them to get nice and fat :) But I almost
have to keep them inside 24/7 because of the climate and my 2
cats who seem undeterred by the spikey green playthings.....
With kind regards,
Maybe someone can email you
what books do you suggest to read? What videos
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 / Subject: Where to start? /
From: Don Mateo Sol <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello, I've been reading
through your site and have found a lot of great and useful information
to pursue my interest in growing San Pedro's and cactis in general. I
sewed seeds 4 months ago, left them in a zip lock bag and opened them up
after 3 months to find little seedlings there (I think it was pure luck
cause I have no clue what I did). It's the middle of winter here in
Australia so I'm struggling to figure out where to go from here. I have
a greenhouse I might try put to use to encourage my SP to blossom. My
question is, what books do you suggest to
read? What videos or websites to expand my knowledge on the subject
as a complete beginner? I read on your website about cacti
pollination and all these other useful tips that sound helpful but I'd
like to create a foundation of knowledge. Thank you for your help, Mateo
(above) On July 4th we spotted this Lassie type collie on the beach
in San Francisco. Soon she was hugging and smoozing with my 2 Lassies.
Date: June 29, 2014 / Subject: Please Read / From:
Bailey Bison <email@example.com>
Your website is such a
joke. Get some real pachanoi and stop ripping people off with that
shitty pc clone that nonbody wants. I find it hard to believe that
someone who sells san pedro for a living could be such an arrogant jerk.
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 / From: Joshua J Parker
Got my 5lbs t. pachanoi today. 3 beautiful huge cuttings weighing 7lbs
total! You're the man Verne! Thanks so much for your dedicated master
farming & keeping the bloodlines pure!
In two summer's I'm sending pics & short summary of my propagation tech
methods & results of winter indoor experiments. Gonna cut a 6in log off
bottom of one for winter side long rooting experiment with another
upright generic pachanoi I have & let the other 3 hibernate, hedge my
I guarantee if anyone can have innovative & impressive indoor/winter
results/methods to teach it will be me. I'm the MacGyver of gardening.
Contact you in summer of 2016. (You're all go-ahead Dr Frankenstein try
to cheat mother nature, WATCH ME.)
My rough collie, named Collie, has
to greet every dog at the beach. Here she is meeting a 10 month
old coliie like herself and giving a hug for emotional support.
Collie is a Therapy Dog.
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 / From: Kyle Hanson
Hello! I recently bought two trichocereus bridgesii cactus top cuttings
that came in the mail fully calloused and they're decently firm.
However, I was wondering if I could cut one and plant the top after it
heals. I'm sure it would stress the plant but want it to grow. Is it
possible to cut a cutting from a cutting that is healed and plant?
It sounds like you have never rooted
one before? Basic advice that new people rarely heed;
the larger the cutting the more energy it has to root
and the more skin to photosynthesize for energy so the faster it will
grow. Forget cutting up cuttings into pieces. I don't do it.
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 / Subject: Great website / From:
Good evening, First I would like you to know how great your website
sacredcactus.com is. Great! info and pics :-). On your seedlings2 page
there is this pic of lots of Peruvian seedlings. Do you mind my asking
the source of the seeds? I am very new to this phantastic hobby of
growing cacti. Your site is very informative. First time grower, 41 out
of 47 seeds of tr. pachanoi have germinated, 3 weeks after sowing :-))
Thank you. Kind regards, Gisela
Love your website and your 'No BS attitude'
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 / From: Alexander Barringer
Hey Cactus Kate,
Love your website and your 'No BS attitude'. I have a question and a
comment: First, I am attempting to germinate
cacti for the first time. Was wondering if polyurethane plastic
ice cube trays could be considered to keep seedlings separate?
And my comment is a suggestion for a book I am reading, Plant
Intelligence & the Imaginal Realm. Eye-opening and beautifully written
while somewhat technical in parts, but well worth the time in my
opinion. Best wishes, Alex
Seed growing is very tricky because you have
to maintain temperature, moisture, light, nutrients for many months. I
don't transplant them until they are a year old. That is a long term
commitment to raising a tiny, delicate thing. Too much light kills them,
if they dry out...if they get moldy...
My point is you can't just use an icecube tray -- you have to set up a
protected space with well draining soil. I use distilled water on them
with small amounts of plant food. Seed growing cactus is a hobby that
requires learning, experience, and long term dedication. The first 2-3
years is slow.
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 / From: Greg
Subject: question about
drying a cut cactus
Hi, I'm starting to get interested in San Pedros and have a question
about propagation. Your site says to let the cut dry and heal for 2
weeks, I'm curious why the 2 week period is necessary. It seems like
they dry overnight. I have cut and
transplanted over 1000 dragon fruit cuttings without any regard to
drying or healing, just plugging them straight into soil and it works
about 100% of the time for me. Thanks for the website there
is some good info in there. Greg
If you try that with Trichocereus the cut end
will get infected with mold/bacteria, etc. It is NOT like plant cuttings
that are cloned wet. You just have to get a good callous to prevent it
getting slimy with rot.
How long really depends on weather - hot and
dry speeds it up, but during cold, rainy weather you can have problems
drying the cut ends. You'll learn from experience just as I have.
June 11, 2014
Verne, Thanks once again for the
beautiful specimens. Each order you seem to outdo the previous. The last
batch is rooted well and almost doubled in size. I can't wait until I
can move these new cuttings out into the rain and Sun with the rest. Dan
|Date: Sun, 25 May 2014
Verne, feathered, furry, and fleeced Angels, how's Trich's? (OK,
enough of that!)
Attached is a picture I took this morning of
several containers of San Pedro logs. Last year I purposely
purchased a small pile of THIRD RATE logs from another vendor on
eBay. We're talking dumpster quality, 3/4 dead, shriveled,
desiccated crap and planted them according to the directions on
your web site.
After they started rooting, I poured on the kelp
and worm compost after adjusting my water's PH, with vinegar, to
a more acceptable level of 6.0 to 6.5 ish. Once again, according
to the directions/advice on your web site, and now they are
BURSTING with healthy new offsets! In fact, I now have TONS of
new growth and offsets on ALL of my Tricho's.
It just blows me
away how FAST these things grow and proliferate! Every week,
there is something new growing, sprouting, or splitting out of
my cacti. The REALLY awesome thing is, I'm about 3 points
smarter than Michael Jackson's monkey and it all seems so easy.
I just followed your advise, step by step, and BOOM!!!!!!! New
I can't thank you enough for allowing
me FREE access to the MOST comprehensive information about
growing cacti on the web. And believe me, I've wasted hours
looking here and there only to come back to your page.
you and all of your Angelic Beasts have an outstanding summer
and I'll send more pic's in the fall.
May 22, 2014
hi, im maciek
i wanna ask you about
shipping to poland-costs, time, etc have you ever sent to poland? im
interested inÂ San Pedro cactus cuttings looking forward for an answer ~
Cannot ship internationally because of
customs; they quarantine any plants...Sorry.
May 18, 2014 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, I just received very
nice cactus specimens from you.
to be uncut and have dry bottoms.
Can I put them in the ground
this or do I need to cut and dry the bottoms before
Thanks and have a great day.
|I have no record of any sale to
that email address.
ID is 113-9937350-0476209
Oh, that was
an order on Amazon.com. You contacted me through my eBay
website. I had no way of knowing who "Freewheelin Frank"
Literature was included with the
items--referencing my website for additional
There are 3 websites listed. Which one do you suggest I
use to get a simple answer to my simple question? Or is
not answering your customers questions part of your
policy? Come on guy.
I thought maybe you have had
time calm down from whatever your problem was and answer
my question before I submit my feedback to Amazon. Guess
not. Seems like a lot of headache for a simple question
you could have answered in your first response.
My Amazon review will read as follows:
Beautiful Cacti. However, I had a question regarding
propagation that wasn't mentioned on either of the three
websites or in the literature, yes three different
websites. I contacted the owner Verne via one of the
sites and received two very terse, and downright
unfriendly responses. Not sure if Verne was having a bad
day, or what, but there is certainly zero customer
service after the sale. I will not buy from this
unfriendly company again.
|The literature and the website
is all I have to give, Frank—and photos of my dogs.
May 7, 2014 / Charles in Texas
Verne and Angels. Just wanted to say that I've bought several of your
cacti, read your web site, followed your advise, and they are all
growing like wild freaking monkeys!!! I hope this post may help others.
JUST READ AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!!! It's not rocket science, just
Sincerely, Your friend, Charles.
Date: Tue, 6 May 2014 / From: Charles in Texas
Verne, Millie, and the gang. Thanks so much for the GIANT Bridgesii and
all the freebees!!!! I can't believe how BIG they are! I do have my
Clonex, kelp, worm dirt, and liquid compost and just ordered some worms
and mycozyme stuff to round out the "living soil". I do enjoy the
mystery cuttings. I have three that were hot dog size from last year and
they are growing like no bodies business along with all the other cacti
I have ordered. I so enjoy just looking at the new growth and have just
added an evaporative cooler to the cactus house to keep the Texas summer
heat under control.
Thanks again for the pictures and stories. Millie
looks like a fine young lass that will be a trusted friend for years to
Thanks again soooo much to the attention, detail, and love that
go into what you do!
Your friend, Charles.
Thanks for the photos of your growhouse.
At first glance I thought it was my house!
May 3, 2014 Seller confusion on Amazon...
I am anxious about a couple of reviews
that say the trimmings are moldy/smaller. I'm really hoping for very
high quality San Pedro; if I need to place a separate order for your
best cuts please contact me! Really looking forward to my new plants!!
I don't know what reviews you read on Amazon. This item
(San Pedro cuttings) is sold by 4-sellers: AWCO1988, Sandman Sacred
Cactus Highest Quality, Unknown, and myself—Cactus
Kate. Although I believe the first 3 are all aliases to the same
Amazon does this to force competition. I can't even find my
own feedback most of the time...and I've been selling on Amazon since 1998. Many of my
customers are confused and have left feedback for me but to the wrong
seller. Purchasers of the "other guy" have contacted me with complaints
not realizing they did not buy from me.
This should link to my
Cactus Kate™ on Amazon
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2014 / From: Ryan
Hi Verne! My name is Ryan & I found your sites about 6 months ago. Over
the last year or so I have become very interested in growing San Pedro
cacti. My birthday was this past week & a few of my friends pitched in
money and got me a beautiful 3 cluster pedro from your ebay site!
Needless to say I am very excited! I only have a little experience in
growing things.. mostly succulents, tomatoes, herbs and fungi… but I am
pretty confident that I will be able to manage these guys as they seem
After spending several hours browsing your site, (which is quite an
impressive amount of info u have put together!!) I am still kind of
wondering what the next steps for me to take should be...
I am guessing that the stalks are not rooted in the pot that you shipped
them in, so I am thinking that I should be looking into repotting them
into large containers.. I am also wondering if they will be fine to grow
outside here in georgia, where we have hot summers & a pretty humid
climate. I know that several of my neighbors have tons of cacti growing
around outside and my succulents seem to do just fine outdoors if I move
them in during the winter. Also how long should I wait after they root
until I can take cuttings from these to propagate more plants?
Sorry for asking so many questions!! I am sure it is frustrating with
all of the time you have spent putting together your websites :(
Thanks for your time man! - Ryan
PS: The pic of you back in the day
wearing the tie dye standing in front of your old house is just…..just….
Thanks! Laura Isler took
that photo of me while standing on a step ladder. That was a few years
before she married Scott who completed his Ph.D in Physics at Stanford.
Laura was an aeronautical engineer I met when I wroked on the Space
Shuttle motion simulator at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View,
California. That was one of my favorite shirts puchased at a Grateful
Dead Concert -- from vendors in the parking lot.
Those cuttings grew to be huge and when I moved to the country in 2004
they became the seeds of my current cactus growing farm. They were all
direct cuttings from Cactus Kate's place in Watsonville.
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2014 / From: Abijah ...
Hello, I've ordered San Pedro cactus from
you in the past, and was really impressed with your care and
And thats why I was wondering if you have an work
opportunities at your cactus farm. I believe your cactus has a profound
healing effect, and I'd like to learn how to cultivate it so I can share
this gift with the rest of the world.
Thank you, Abijah
Wow. I went to your website where your video
plays about how to market Natural Products and services to help people
achieve health and wellness...that will make my customers "raving fans"
who will buy anything I have to sell. How to get more customers and make
more money. I dunno...gotta go feed the dogs and collect the chicken
eggs. But thanks for the video. ~ Verne
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 / From: "cthomas....@yahoo.com"
Thanks for the awesome specimens. You have an awesome job and did an
excellent job. Casey.
First of all I would like to thank you for
the wonderful website you maintain, it has helped me with my young
gifted plant(now several) many times over the past year. The
reason I am contacting you is that I would love to add some genetic
diversity to my garden and, after much reading, have come to a
conclusion that I don't know where to purchase trustworthy seeds from.
My first instinct was to check your ebay store for seeds, only to find
(beautiful)cuttings. Could you possibly give me a recommendation as to a
quality vendor for a small(25-50) amount of trichocereus, macrogonis,
bridgesii, and I would like a high quality peruvianus as well. Or if by
any chance you would be able and willing to supply me directly, I would
be ever in your karmactic debt, and would hold their genetic line with
very high esteem. I do intend on purchasing some cuttings in the near
future as well, but I have always been enamored with caring for my
plants from start to finish. Thank you very much for your time, as
well as the wealth of information you have brought forth, Michael Getman
Well, Knize is probably
dead...some say. The only sources I use are:
April 9, 2014
I live south of Phoenix, AZ and have
had wonderful success with trichocereus cactuses. I see in your photo
gallery gloves worn by your handlers. Can you give me information on
them and where I can purchase same? I use old bath mats to handle the
cuttings, etc. because no garden center has what is needed for these
glorious specimens. Linda Gordon
Gloves won't help. I focus on
tweezers, and Costco 3-paks of band aids with neosporin are a good buy.
Have tweezers in the bathroom, bedroom, and at the computer.
Tweezer that have needle point, sharp
tips to puncture the skin and drain the infected spine. Also a pair of
good gripped ones to grab a subcutaneous tip of spine and pull it out.
You have to get surgical grade ones $25 and up.
But mostly you have to let them drain
(pus out) by repeatedly opening the wound.
The ones that hit bone and break off
are the worse. Wrist bones, fingers, forearm, and even my skull when a
P.Torch fell over on it.
2" peruvian torch spines go right
through leather. Hit bone and break off -- so you have to learn surgery
to keep the wound open as one's body "puses out" the organic material. I
was taught by an ER surgeon.
Once I had to have a plastic surgeon
get one out that went in my knee. He was a funny guy. Don't use iodine
on the wounds, use neosporin I was told.
An ounce of prevention, of course, is
to use bath towels or mexican blankets folded and wrapped around the tip
when you harvest it. Twist the towel into a handle your helper holds
then use a huge chef's knife to whack through like a samurai swordsman.
The best way is that 3" wide cotton
tie webbing. Use a section maybe 3-4 feet long. Tie a knot in one end
then slip the other through it like a noose. Put that noose around the
tip when you chop off that Peruvian Torch tip. It will hang by the strap
as you carry it to the cart.
It is amazingly effective and faster
than the folded towel method.
Oh, and wear gloves. They sell them
at Lowes or Home Depot.
But the best gloves? The feed store
has a line of special leather gloves and one kind had darn near
impenetrable palms. My pair are so worn out I can't read the label
But I don't use gloves to the
amazement of my helpers. There are tricks to grab the ribs with finger
tips to lift and carry tips. Some spines are soft and flexible so you
grab the column and move your hand upwards folding the spines down as
you grip harder. That's a cool trick! Do you skin your own sheep? What's
a good skinning knife that won't go dull every 5 minutes?
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 / From: "email@example.com"
I potted my cactus and its like mushy and brown on the base. does it
really NEED special soil for it to root. im using a some soil I have in
my vegetable garden its all dirt with mulched up palm tree leaves and
decomposed leaves from trees n such.
You did not purchase from me. I include
literature, and this site has info as well.
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 / From: Adam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello, My name is Adam McIntosh. You have an awesome website! The
pictures are amazing! Whenever I'm on the Internet I always seem to end
up back on your site browsing the pictures. Do you grow/sell 4 rib san
pedro? If so please let me know via email. Thank you for keeping the
culture alive and true. It is very inspiring as I have been a cacti
enthusiast for roughly a year now. Thank you for your time. Adam
March 28, 2014
Dear zircon6, Hi there, I just
ordered a plant. I wanted to say thank you in advance! We've worked with
this sacred plant both in Peru and locally. We are both energy medicine
practitioners (healers in the South American Shaman traditions). Its
great to see someone who respects it and grows it as you do with such
love and care. We look forward to receiving it! Much love, Eden + John
(johnandeden.com) - khyberclark
|I did not sell you anything...ask the person who sold
them to you...?
l do I actually use this rooting gel and how long should I leave it out
before planting back in my very dry very rocky soil? And about how
long will it take to start seeing roots? And should I repaint the
rooting gel on them again since I painted a thin layer? Will it hurt it
if I do? Ive been trying to root these for a month and a half only to
see rot lol any other info would be great I have NEEM, EZCLONE, rooting
powder, rooting liquid, as well as a soil/light/water meter to meter the
dryness/wetness of my soil I have included some pics of the rot and pics
from yoday a couple days later after I cut to healthy green flesh please
help me lol thank you god bless you
|Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 / From: nasty_nate_84 <email@example.com>
Hey cactus kate my name is nathan I bought these cacti and two
of them started to rot about a month or so after propagating the
soil is dry I bought a soil meter it reads 1 about as dry as it
can get although I found this rot whenever I was repotting with
more cacti soil so I am hoping that damp soil was the case I did
cut the cacti down until I saw fresh good lookig green flesh let
them sit on my table to callous because it has been cold kinda
and rainy the next day or to they calloused good today I got my
ezclone rooting gel I painted one cactus with it a thin ayer on
the bottom as well as up the side abt an inch how
When I sell cuttings literature is included
with reference to pages on the website to help you.
March 19, 2014
Hello! i'll have to bother you with
the cacti disease question... i have inherited a lot of san pedro cacti
from my father and i've been through your webpage a million times, since
i don't have much knowledge on this and my dad is kind of dead so i
can't ask him.i have put them in a cold darker spot through the winter
like he used to do, but since this winter was not very cold some of the
cacti (3 out of 15)started to get a disease, something like you describe
in the form of a black dot (proably fungi) but there is also this
alienish green thing growing out of the dot (couldn't find anything of
this sort on the web). i have a few questions:
1. can i just cut the dots out since there
are not more than 3-4 on one cacuts?(don't judge me, i'm a doctor, we
cut stuff out:D)
2. do i cut the cactus below the infection and just
throw it out?
3. i've moved the cacti outside, do i just wait for
them to fight the infection once they get used to the normal
4. do i just throw away Â whole infected cactus?
dammit and thank you for the answer:)
My website is about healthy
conditions for plants because disease is a function of the absence of
adequate light, healthy soil, clean water at the correct PH, etc. Your
off handed comment about "putting them in a cold darker spot...like he
used to..." -- that says it all. You are doing something I have never
done, will never do, and would never advise anyone to do. I can only
guess your plants need to be repotted in fresh soil and given proper
care -- bright light, warmth, lots of clean water ~ PH 6.5. But since
you are a "Doctor" you will not do what I would... but instead you will
mutilate them since, as you say, -- "i'm a doctor, we cut stuff
San Pedro have grown in the wild for
millemiums without the need for any human to "cut stuff out." But what
do I know? I have so many thousands of these plants I would not attempt
to count them all. But I can count the times I've had to "cut stuff out"
in the past 10 years. Zero.
||Thank you for this photo of Kelsey
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 / From: Dennis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hi Verne, I received the cactus today. Beautiful plant. I was wondering
if you have any larger San Pedro for sale? And if any larger ones with
pups? So your mom went to New Rochelle high school. What a small
world, lol. Unfortunately, parts of New Rochelle have fallen to the
roadside. It's a shame, it has so much history and all in all is a
beautiful town. Please let me know about the larger ones if available.
March 18, 2014
Hello. We planted some San Pedros in
Amado Arizona at 3000 ft. elevations and they died in a frost. Is that
unusual? I read they grow at 3000 feet in the Andes, so I think they
wouldn't perish in a freeze in Arizona. They are susceptible to cold? I
ask because I wasn't there, and I wonder if they got too wet and rotted
or something. Thank you very much.
take into account the latitude? Trichocereus grow at
high elevation but in equatorial regions; mountain peaks bathed
in tropical Pacific ocean fog drifting over to the Amazon rain
forest on the other side.
Arizona has hardiness zones from 4b to
9b. Only the later is safe for tips about 3-4" in diameter.
Smaller diameter can freeze solid, killing the plant.
your location— Amado AZ is in USDA Hardiness Zone 8b:
temperatures drop to 15F — 20F. That will freeze them solid,
killing the plant tissues with ice crystals. Nature is a
classroom teaching us 24/7. Sometimes we flunk a quiz...
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 / From: Brandon Diyle
Hi my name is brandon doyle i
wood like yo by some of ur seeds and cuttings i live in galveston texas
do im pritty close im from sacromento cali i wood love to by from u give
me a call do we can talk bizz 409-996-9104
Sent from my iPhone
March 12, 2014
Dear zircon6, Hello I'm Slawomir and
I'm very interested in your beautiful plants. Will it be possible to
ship one of them to Poland? I hope it's not a problem for you. Best
regards Slawomir - slavomiruss
internationally due to customs declarations. All fruit, vegetables,
animals, and plants have to be inspected, quarantined, and require
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 / From: Michael Audet
Could I get some cactuses
shipped to canada? please let me know :)
Cannot ship internationally:
"No international sales
Because plants cannot be exported without very time consuming,
expensive paperworksuch as Dept. of Agriculture quarantine,
phytosanitary permit, customs declarations, etc. I don't want to drive
200 miles round trip to an agricultural inspection/quarantine station,
and fill out pages of paperwork for customs, etc. International plant
shipping is only for large corporations, or research scientists. "
could I buy seeds from you? or do u know anyone selling seeds or plants
that's in Canada?
Don't sell seeds. Sorry. ~Verne
River's Source Botanical friend
Don Felipi reopens an old wound —
"The Buddha way of loving kindness and forgiveness isn't your
"I pray for you"
Update 2014: The Don Filipe letter
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 / From: Don Felipi
you thing about RSB, maybe I'm
prejudice because I know them personally. Phil mentioned your thing from
8 or so years ago. He said what I can also read in your report - that
you are an intensely angry person and hold grudges,
The Buddha way of
loving kindness and forgiveness isn't your way.
No harm done, RSB's been in business
since 1993 and hasn't suffered because of your rage. But I'd be sure I
speak for the kind of person Phil is when I say he's no hurt feelings
over the matter. Perhaps the matter wasn't resolved in the manner you
felt it should, but it was long ago and, the only people who take notice
of others pounding their fist -VICTIM - year after year are ones who
can't see how easy it is to manipulate story’s to sound true when it's
half true at best.
Why is it so important to rage over something
that happened 8 years ago? Did your person or property get harmed in
some manner? I heard some 7 months prior to the incident you had sent
RSB a beautiful San Pedro plant just to share how proud you were of it,
and that you called them a couple times wanting them to buy from you,
Phil said you sounded like one speeding and wondered if you were taking
something or just very hyper.
And you had purchased several
times prior, so I don’t understand, if all that’s true then… Phil’s by
no means a compulsive liar, so yes I don’t get your point. I know Phil
will never write any rebuttal to your monolog, because it's not the kind
of person he is.
I can't comment on your very long monolog
raging about the injustice, but after all was said and done the only
thing I heard got hurt was your feelings, and that's something that
could still change if you valued it, or maybe you already do and the RSB
post is just a dead axe.
My vipassana meditation teacher
pointed out that some people are so full of anger it shows in everything
they do, and at a certain age it starts to even change the appearance of
their bodies (they become ugly) - Life is precious - it's not worth all
that. Be well, I pray for you.
|I bought 500 but you're sending meonly 216...?
(below) here is my page
Another unhappy customer of RSB
From: "PETER JONES" / SANCLANDSCAPE@msn.com
Subject: Rivers Source / Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2007
Quickly, Loved your review on Rivers source... I had the
same EXACT gripe months ago with this guy. ...I could
show you the exact problems...Pathetic. And that weight
thing.... I Got the same response/ run around.
Whatever...my wife had finally done away with all the
miserable plants. I had them sort of tucked out of
eyesight so I didn't have to look at them. She was the
one trying pointlessly to bring them around. I gave up
trying to get money back. And that weight thing....
don't even get me started! The plants where exactly like
the ones in your photos....twisted, Pathetic.
Don Filipe, a
person claiming to be a friend of River's Source Botanicals,
sent this email to blame me for
the problem (?!), deny it really happened(?!), to insult
me, and to lay on a guilt trip about my lack of spiritual consciousness.
Back in 2005—2006 I ordered seedlings from River's Source
At first I ordered 100 (little ones about half
the size of your pinky finger) and it went OK. But the next order of 100 had
many sickly plants. One of my eBay customers, Peter Jones, emailed to say the
same thing happened to him (see his letter above).
Then River's Source (this guy named Phil) offered an "end of season sale"
— 500 seedling for $482 including shipping. Well, I
thought I'd try again — but instead had a worse experience because Phil
shipped only 216 seedlings instead of the 500. What the...?! He didn't have enough to fill the order, and emailed asking if I'd
accept a substitution for another variety. He tried to sell me on the
different ones but I replied "No"—I wanted the Peruvian Torch seedlings.
Instead of telling me he
was out of stock he kept my money and shipped 1/2 the amount ordered.
But he didn't charge me 1/2 —he kept all my money and shipped 216 little
seedlings instead of 500!
When the order arrived I was shocked; it was less than half what
I repacked it
immediately, (after photographing the evidence) then drove straight to
the Post Office to Priority Mail it back to River's Source. But I never
received a refund. River's Source simply kept my
I had to file a dispute with
my credit card company
They investigated; seeing that I had
proof of shipping it back, had photos of the 1/2 order, an invoice
charging for 500 with a letter saying that 216 was all he had.
My credit card company forced the merchant to refund the sale since it
had been returned.
Now, 7 years later, Don Filipe reopened
this old wound by blaming me for the problem, denying it
happened, and trying to lay a guilt trip related to my lack of spiritual
I documented what Riversource did as a review of a vendor
— a public service we call "feedback." Don Filipe is a third party with
only hearsay knowledge told to him by his "friend." Yeah, the friend who
sent 1/2 of what I bought and then would not refund.
River's Source Botanicals incident is public feedback; not an ongoing
"rage" as Filipe insultingly states
I forgot about
this mess long ago. My website has pages going back 10 years; I don't
obsess over anything in the past. Feedback is
essential—fundamental to eBay, Amazon.com, etc. That is why I publish
what comes in to my email address as information to share with the
community. I even put the negative things in the Forum, too. It keeps me
PS the part in Don's letter about me calling
River's Source trying to sell them something — is totally weird. I
never called them.
Don Filipe said "My vipassana meditation teacher
pointed out that some people are so full of anger it shows in everything
they do, and at a certain age it starts to even change the appearance of
their bodies (they become ugly)"...
Despite how much Don dislikes me, I still have beautiful dogs to
share with the world. Tyler (in back) is a 120 lb German
Shepherd Registered Service Dog, Millie is a pedigreed rough
Collie Psychiatric Service Dog, Collie (laying down) is also a
pedigreed Rough Collie and a Therapy Dog.
But none of my dogs has a vipassana meditation teacher like
Don Filipe does. What a shame!
On a happier note...
Here is my newest Rough Collie, Millie, I rescued her in early April. It is incredible
anyone would let go of such an amazing dog. She is a pure bred Rough
Collie. The loyalty, sweetness, obedience, and joyful nature of the
collie are such that breeders don't want the public to own them; and
Millie is a perfect example why. Her people dumped her when they moved
to Vail, Colorado—she was turned in to the Animal Shelter.
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2014 / I just bought one of your
cacti, thanks! / From: Billy B <..........@gmail.com>
Hello there! my name is william. i just bought your peruvian torch
listing of Peruvianus, wild andes. 2 tips growing as offsets on base
column. 22" tall, 19 lbs in pot with soil. $84.95 plus $12.95 FedEx
Ground shipping...anyway, i could not be more happy with what i see from
its one picture. for just under 100 dollars it is better than any ebay
"peruvian torch" which are so muddled in genetics and breeding i would
not want them near my other trichocereus cacti. I have been in search of
good genetic stock of peruvian torch for months now. all i find is
cuttings and never rooted plants, much less ones sent still in soil like
Just know that this cactus is going to a loving home and joining other
cacti in a collection of over 50 genus of cacti and many more species of
cacti within the same genus. total i care for over 150 cacti.
i have a deep love for Ariocarpus cacti and have 6 different species of
it which are not hybrids(though i want to do my own hybrids eventually)
and i need to collect more. I am looking for a good seller of these
cacti. most of what i can find costs 50 dollars or more for the older
cacti. Personally i am looking more for 2-5 year olds which are a bit
cheaper but anything is welcome as i know of very few sellers who carry
thanks for reading this long message. have a nice day
Thank you. Verne
Will post more items later as time allows. Verne October 14, 2014
(below) Whoa! I'm back on Earth again as a lamb!
That was a weird way to land sliding out mom's butt...
Need to catch up with these posts from the beginning of 2014....
"do you happen to have any monstrose specimens"
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 / From: "V. Kotlyar" <email@example.com>
Hello, I'm interested in purchasing a Trichocereus bridgesii cutting.
Along with regular bridgesii, do you happen to have any monstrose
specimens available? Also, I was wondering if you happen to have any T.
pachanoi cristata specimens? Thanks, Vadim
|"I admire your passion for
|January 6, 2014
Dear zircon6, Hi! I was looking through your
cacti (listed on Ebay and those on your website SacredCactus) and they
Unfortunately I live in a small apartment already
brimming with cacti sprouts, cuttings and seedlings and space is at a
premium. Do you have any smaller cacti/
seedlings you would be willing to sell?
I admire your passion for the
plants and I hope some day I will be able to find a patch of land of my
own to grow cacti and the like to my hearts desire. Currently being in
college Im strapped for space and time but I love cultivating cacti all
Thank you for your help!! Sincerely, Jessica Mandula