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August 25, 2013
San Pedro cactus cuttings, summer harvest. 
 
Trichocereus Bridgesii cuttings, summer harvest. Sold in 4 lb lots.
(limited quantities, sorry)
bridgesii cuttings
(below) Point Isabel dog park. Collie gets a surprise sniff-sniff from an admirer
sniff-sniff
 
Properly grown these Peruvianus varieties more than double in size each year
(below) growing in only 10 gallon or 20 gallon containers the tips have to be harvested each year to prevent falling over.
Can I grow outside in my area?

Winter sunrooms!
(above) First I framed my large deck with used redwood. 3/4" PVC pipes were employed as ribs spanning the width. Clear greenhouse 6mil film did not hold up to winds & UV.

The 4 year guarantee on such plastic was false due to batches imported from China without proper UV stabilization - falling apart after 2 years. 14mil white tarps are more durable while allowing plenty of bright diffused light through for cacti. That is what I use now.

Visitors and customers have sent the photos at right showing their glass window sunrooms.
No bare root plants! 

Your cactus ships in its container with all soil; just unpack carefully. Let it sit for a few days away from direct sun. After a couple days give it some water. After five days gradually introduce to brighter light and increase watering, etc. This allows any fine root hairs broken by shipping & handling to heal and re-grow.

Bare rooting kills the delicate roots, dries & shrivels them up
requiring months to nurse back to health before they grow again. I will never ship "bare root". Just because "Everyone else bare roots" doesn't mean I do it. [How do you pack a cactus?]
(above) see the snow outside? Jesse in Canada sent this photo. More...

(right) Paul moves his cacti inside for winter...

German Shepherd Brand Cactus "evil spirits don't stand a chance"

We don't make this stuff up:
Subject: Drop Shipping? / To: bobcat@sanpedrocactus1.com
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 / From: (bozo) Botanicals

Hello,

I run (bozo)boners.com. I am looking to switch my cactus company and am curious if you would be willing to drop ship 12" cuttings of san pedro, peruvanis, and bridgessii for me.

I appreciate your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Tyler

(bozo)boners.com
Dear Tyler,

You have the same name as my German Shepherd dog! Arf! Arf! Arf! Drop ship for you?! No thank you Tyler!

I sell direct to my own very happy customers who appreciate the quality and price of my plants. Its how I can afford to buy fresh meat to feed my dog Tyler, Tyler. Good luck with your scheme to profit from someone else's cacti. "Arf! Arf! Arf!"
Photo Tutorial up-potting. You must repot skinny necks...
How to support skinny neck specimens with repotting. To assist you to grow a huge specimen.

� Peruvianus are rapidly growing plants; they are not statues. You must re-pot to keep up with growth. Study each photo because its all going to be on the final exam.

More...
Varieties of seed grown Peruvian Torches (an essay)
November 2010
Buying rare cactus seed can be a frustrating experience. How do you know that the seller really made sure the parent plan was one worth saving its seed? Was it accidently cross pollinated with another Trichocereus in the neighborhood?  More...
The story of Butcher's Big Boy
May, 2009
There is this story about a meat cutter in San Francisco who liked cactus. One of his San Pedro grew big and fat so he called it his "Big Boy". Mr. carnivore was actually named Mr. Butcher, so of course his fatty was called Butcher's Big Boy. Some say his name was spelled Buutcher, others Buetcher.

There is no seed source known in Peru or Bolivia for such a variety. That means Buutcher's Big Boy (BBB) must be a mongrel, a mutt, a cross breed/half breed, or something like that, etc. More...

I recovered a single specimen from the ghost town of Cactus Kate's place in Watsonville back in 2006. It was so battered, just a tiny stump, I didn't know what it was for 2 years until it grew a healthy new tip. It is still too rare to sell so I keep taking cuttings for propagation each year. There is no seed source of any proven reliability. No one is really sure what it is.

But my German Shepherd dog companion found one growing in the San Francisco Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park in August of 2010. What a good dog! (photo)
How to mix potting soil
Let the plant specialist cat Dustball show you her how to tutorial about breaking up the root ball to allow new growth. I whack at it with a bench brush, but you can use your fist and fingers to tear the roots free. More...
2012 Farm Tour with Collie the wonder dog
January 2012
Take a quick look around with my year old Collie named Collie.
 
EEEK! Insects! Are they good or bad?
May, 2009
Those are good insects! Thousands of these are crawling over my plants inside the greenhouse. They are everywhere this time of year. Do you know what these little bugs are? More...

San Pedro & Peruvianus photo essays from years past...

Christmas tour Fastest growing Root check Cut off that tip! Rot! Oh no! Winter cuttings

Super growth

Repotting


Josh San Pedro Compost soil Old woody Pup mania Comparisons Seedling house Packing

45 year old

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