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Pachanoi is pronounced like pah-CHAN-oye. It is not PACK-anoy. Know why? The "chan" part refers to where it comes from. San Pedro is from the Chan Chan Valley, Peru in fact the reference specimen by Ressler is so noted (Chan Chan Valley). The Chan Chan Archaeological Zone is a vast complex of amazing ruins; the largest mud brick city in the world. You can visit with Google Earth by simply typing in "Chan Chan Valley, Peru." Here is a collection of interesting variations in San Pedro (Pachanoi).
How fast do these plants grow?
They double and even triple in size each year. People have actually sent email declaring me a liar; shouting at me that a Peruvian Torch can't grow this fast.

I hope to show you this as proof; large root systems produce large plants. If you want big cactus give them big containers. Small root systems create the Bonsai effect.

Use living soil as described on this site. Roots depend upon a relationship with soil microorganisms to feed them. More...
"Is this a real Pachanoi? Or a pachanot?  Am I suffering Pachanoia?
Pachanoia; the story of pachanonsense (pack-a-lies)
See the 2,500 year old Chavin Indian stone carving? That is what San Pedro Cactus was (Trichocereus pachanoi) before the Internet. But after thousands of years the Internet came along, creating a virtual ocean of strangers meeting in blogs to share their opinions and spread misinformation. More...

One man tried to create a mythology about "the real San Pedro" as opposed to what had been always been San Pedro. As his misinformation confused more and more blog visitors, people began emailing me asking for help because they no longer knew what San Pedro was. Their confusion was regurgitated from one newcomer to the next newcomer until none of them knew what was what. Then I discovered an intelligent, thoughtful essay that blasts away the "PC" nonsense. Check it out...?
I've known what San Pedro is for many years.
'Pachanot' theory...in no way...accepted by any botanists...
Game over: Trout was angry with my thumbs down review of his book "San Pedro" Brett Lothian writes: "The 'Pachanot' theory...has in no way been...accepted by any actual botanists...the plant looks exactly the same as...FR 567 from the Chan Chan Valley Ecuador...pictured on Bob Ressler's Columnar-Cacti website ...I have no problem what so ever calling it a Pachanoi." 

Speaking of Ressler, I live in the same area, San Joaquin County California as Ressler did before he moved to Arizona. A local nursery friend purchased Ressler's huge outdoor collection from his ex-wife. I obtained some of Ressler's reference specimens for myself: Trichocereus bridgesii, pachanoi, spacianus, peruvianus, and even cuzcoensis. People on Internet blogs do not own such authentic reference standards.
Ressler's Trichocereus collection photos

  Definitely a Cuzcoensis? ...think again
I own reference specimens to identify Trichocereus; many obtained from Kate's collection before Internet trading of cross pollinated seed created confusion. My specimens include ones from Bob Ressler's collection and from an editor of Cactus & Succulent Society of America.

Cuzcoensis is easily confused with T. peruvianus; for that reason I have not offered cuttings on eBay. This difficulty in identification points out the foolishness of people with no experience growing these plants thinking they can identify them from jpeg images on blogs.

Rooting out of season (over winter cuttings)
Cuttings root fastest in the spring as nature surges out of the dark winter months. If you try to root cuttings as I do in an unheated greenhouse, before spring, they will often go dormant until spring arrives. If you have a heated greenhouse and lights, etc. you may have different results than I do. My "out of season cuttings" sit in cold soil waiting for the weather to warm up and the days to grow longer. The interesting thing is that as long as they sit vertically in soil they won't wither or etiolate. They just wait for spring.

Can I grow in my region?
Sunrooms are a good way to grow year round even in areas where it snows.  More...
Winter Shipping advice

"Will my cactus freeze during shipment to me?"
Well, 99% do not; but that is because my customers first check for sub-freezing temps across the nation at the US Weather Service. Ask for a shipping "Hold" if you see that Hell is freezing over...We ship year-round so its no trouble.

The amazing Wild Andes Peruvian Torch
These are cuttings from the actual plants growing in the wild somewhere in the Andes mountains of Peru. Seed was collected by the man shown in the photo. He sent it to me from Peru and I began germination in California back in August, 2007.

There are no more to sell. The remainder have been planted in the earth in order to harvest cuttings. These will provide cuttings for sale in the future. ~ July 2014
Origins of the famous San Pedro Backberg clone
Ancient stone carvings of Huachuma's choice cactus
(image at left) were analyzed by archeologist Backberg. His friend Trout, the illegitimate son of Karel Knize, ran DNA tests proving that San Pedro had been cloned by the Chavin Indians; one of the first verified instances of plant selection by cloning. Today these perfectly correct (PC) cactus are called Backberg clones (BC) in honor of the discovery by Dr. Backberg; even though he died before DNA testing. Trout, after being expelled from Cambridge University for selling drugs, published his book San Pedro to help his father's business selling cuttings and seeds.  More about Knize the bandito...

Juul's Giant
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 Butcher.

There is no seed source known in Peru or Bolivia for such a variety. That means Butcher'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.  There is no (original) seed source of any proven reliability. No one is really sure what it is because there is no collection site in Peru for this plant. That is why it is suspected to be a hybrid but no one knows any details about that. Any seed being sold is from American growing specimens and may or may not be the same as what Juul had in his garden.

My German Shepherd dog found what appears tot be a similar one growing in the San Francisco Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park in August of 2010. What a good dog! (photo)

Repotting a skinny neck wild Andes
These guys grow in an expanding column "club shape". I keep repotting to deeper containers while burying the neck so it will transform into stem tissue. By 24" tall you should harvest tips to start as new plants, allowing the base to grow offsets.

These grow faster and faster as they have more skin to photosynthesize with. You just have to keep up with up-potting to 4, 6, 10 gallon containers. In a couple of years yours should be taller than you are, extra columns popping up with the central one thick as your leg.

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...

How do you keep the soil from falling out?
Packing secrets revealed! Yes, it takes more time and effort but you receive a healthy, happy plant that will love you like a new puppy. Only without all the mess & noise.

Photos of specimens available
Some of the finest Peruvian plants money can buy

Comparison of varieties
The 2008 batch of cuttings has rooted.

What size flower pot should I use?
Your eBay plant can grow as big as you want it to!

Fastest growing Peruvianus
Nothing comes close to the rapid growth of this fat monster. Sometimes a I have one or two to sell on eBay. You have to sign up for eBay's "My favorite Searches" in your account.

Lets check on the crop of cuttings
Roots may take months; you have to check for root buds, mist in the evening, and lightly water ones with buds to encourage fine root formation.

Cut off that tip!
Your plant can easily by propagated. San Pedro were born to take cuttings. Cut off the tip and she'll pop up with 1, 2, 3, or 4 new ones.

How to repot your plant
Here is how to do it.

How to mix potting soil
You may not have access to home made compost but you can make good mixtures from stuff sold at Home Depot or Lowes.

Poor planties get root bound
You can make your eBay San Pedro happy with a larger container filled with new soil. Then you'll have happy planties!

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