varieties more than double in size each
growing in only 10 gallon or 20 gallon
containers the tips have to be harvested
each year to prevent falling over.
(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 &
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
Visitors and customers have sent
the photos at right showing
their glass window sunrooms.
No bare root plants!
Your cactus ships
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.
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
(above) see the snow
outside? Jesse in Canada sent
this photo. More...
moves his cacti inside for
Shepherd Brand Cactus "Evil spirits
don't stand a chance"
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.
appreciate your time and consideration.
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...
support skinny neck specimens
with repotting. To assist you
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.
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?
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
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
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)
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.