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River's Source Botanical seedlings: Peruvianus confusion
River's Source Botanicals bad seedlings
(above) Sellers of seed and seedlings (such as River's Source Botanicals) have caused considerable confusion by failing to document the lineage of their stock. The three examples above are so repetative that I have named them the 3- stooges. By that I mean there are many Moes, many Larry, and many that look like Curley. Thus they cannot all be the same variety of T. Peruvianus. The seed source was comprised of mixed varieties.
History Channel drinks San Pedro tea
Show title: The Real Temple of Doom

Josh Bernstein, on his "Digging for the Truth" show, buys San Pedro in Peru. That night he attends a Curendera's healing ceremony.

Josh drinks some San Pedro tea. Later, in his hotel room Josh finds he can see in the dark. In fact, he discovers that under the influence of San Pedro he can see everything.

In this show, titled "The Real Temple of Doom" Josh traces the use of San Pedro Cactus from the ancient Chavin1 culture more than 2,500 years ago to present day folk medicine.


January, 2007 - my seed grown Hoodia Gordonii plants
Hoodia plants were way over hyped. Seedlings sold for $50 and plants the size of the ones shown here were bid up to $200. But the truth is that these plants have to mature for 5 to 7 years; something the sellers had not had time to do. If you are a patient, experienced plant collector you can separate these multiple plants in each pot into numerous individuals. Then in about 4 years you will have an ample supply of Hoodia Gordonii. More...
1-3G - $24.95 1-3D - $24.95 1-3E - $34.95 1-3F - $34.95 1-3C - $24.95

December, 2006
About PayPal Fraud

Nick Palinkas, PayPal fraud!
We sent an order to an "Unconfirmed" PayPal address. Then 13  days later the funds were cancelled�shipping to an "Unconfirmed" addresses voids the PayPal seller protection policy. So when we decline to  ship to your "UNCONFIRMED" address and you ask "why?"you can thank Nick Palinkas!

See the Nick Palinkas bounced e-check!
August 20, 2006
Hoodia Gordonii, the "miracle diet cactus"
I grow these amazing plants and have many beautiful specimens to offer for sale. For some odd reason ebay prohibits their sale either under the mistaken reasoning that they are an endangered species. Only wild ones in the African desert are endangered. Mine are seed grown here in California and completely OK to sell and own.
August 20, 2006
Cat Angel pages for download in PDF

Have you seen our latest kitten, little Cougar? What a sweetheart!
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.
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...
The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has a roof top filled with cacti. A field of Agave, Barrel cactus and, yes, San Pedro! No access is granted to the public so you may view it from the visitor area. Image...
San Pedro cactus are technically known as Trichocereus Pachanoi�a readily recognized variety whereas other Peruvian cactus are harder to name. Trichocereus Bridgesii has definite features such as long spines and blue skin color. But Trichocereus Peruvianus is sometimes called Peruvian Torch�yet there is wide variation in these cacti. Peruvianus may vary from green to blue, from short spines to long ones. The key difference from San Pedro is that Peruvianus are fatter, bluer, longer spined and grow more vigorously than San Pedro�which is saying something since San Pedro is a rapid growing species!

The real Peruvian torch is blue. There are so few of these available for sale in the United States that some dealers are selling Trichocereus Cuzcoensis as "San Pedro Macho" and calling it "Peruvianus".
Rooting columns with branches
Mature sections with tips are tricky to root. Tips are easier and faster, but creating a mature plant from a column is worth the effort. Here are a few suggestions to help you be successful.
Container grown San Pedro
If you grow San Pedro in containers you can move them into a house or garage to protect them during the winter. But container grown plants need fresh soil; here is how I mulch mine with fresh compost.
Tip Comparison
Not all San Pedro look the same, but before you conclude that these are different varieties consider growing conditions.

1) The bluish tip at left was grown in a shady location. The yellow colored one in full sun. If you want taller/thinner/bluer San Pedro grow them under a tree.

2) The 9 ribbed specimen simply means the column is older, more mature. As the plants age I have seen them transition to more ribs. The 7 ribbed tip is from a younger column.

If you root these two specimens you can grow identical plants by giving them identical growing conditions; all their new buds (tips) will look the same.

1 Trichocereus Pachanoi / 2 Trichocereus Peruvianus

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