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December, 2006
Nick Palinkas, PayPal fraud!

We shipped an ebay order to an "Unconfirmed" PayPal address. Then 13  days later the funds were cancelled—we got burned. Shipping to an "Unconfirmed" addresses voids the PayPal seller protection policy. So when we decline a sale to your "Unconfirmed" address and you ask "why?" you can thank Nick Palinkas!

See the Nick Palinkas bounced e-check!
July 5, 2006
What are these black spots?
Some call them black pustules, others think they are the beginning of fatal rot from the invasion of a root fungus, a few think that insects have bored into the plant to hatch their lavae. We pick at them, obsess about them and some are cut open to surgically drain the swelling.

No, it is not anything weird. As a grower I see black spots form from scratches during tip harvesting, from growth spurts during heat waves, and always after a mechanical injury. More...
June 28, 2006
Don't rot a cutting!
Every one of my plants descends from the this legacy strain. Many people have complained about the difficulty of rooting a San Pedro cutting. While the conditions are perfect here in the California Central Valley they may not be where you live. Rainy weather and high humidity can cause rot from fungal diseases. Some areas of the country have such low night time temperatures and abundant morning dew that the cutting simply will not do anything—no rot but no roots either.

Slow or no rooting can frustrate your efforts to obtain a healthy San Pedro plant. Why not let me root it for you? This year I rooted many cuttings to take advantage of the naturally perfect conditions here in California. Now you can choose from a large variety of plant styles for your collection or landscaping needs.
June, 2006
7 varieties of Peruvianus
My collection has about 8 peruvian types. Here are photos of 7 of them, excluding San Pedro. Whatever a "true Peruvianus" is, or was, may be lost to history—but San Pedro and Bridgesii are always easily identified and reliable in their nature.

PS: I added the 8th specimen—here...
June, 2006
Landscaping size San Pedro
From flower pot to tree size; specimens planted in the earth (zone 9) will become huge. Here is a decades old cluster in Northern California that had to be harvested when the owner died and the property sold.

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Repotting a Peruvian Torch seedling
Break up tightly bound roots so they can grow into the new potting soil. Tamp the soil with a stick to firm the media. Add a top layer of pebbles to help support the neck and avoid stem rot. more...

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