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Totem Pole Cactus
lophocereus schottii
It's native to Mexico and parts of Southern Arizona, USA. These cactus form large shrubs that are 5-15 meters or more in height, with stout stems that reach up to 1 meter in diameter.
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Golden Barrel, Horse Crippler (Echinocactus grusonii)
It grows extremely fast with a few requirements. It needs an average winter temperature of 12 degrees C, and excellent drainage. It's also advised not to over water this cactus in the winter time.





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Trichocereus peruvianus Peruvian Torch Cactus



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Peruvian Torch Cactus (Trichocereus peruvianus)

This variety is also known as Echinopsis peruviana

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Cultural & Ethnopharmacological Aspects

                  The Peruvian Torch Cactus grows in the native land of Peruvian Shamans. High up in the Andean mountain deserts in Peru and Ecuador, this entheogenic cactus thrives. It's very closely related to the San Pedro species because they are both used as a psychedelic where people have the legal right to do so. As a result, fans of the San Pedro, and Peyote, often seek out this variety as an alternative. The use of cactus among humans dates back thousands of years to the northern most coast located in Peru and the monks of a culture known as Chavin (900 BC to 200 BC)

A brew called "achuma", "huachuma" or "cimora" was prepared and consumed during ritualistic ceremonies for diagnosing the spiritual links to the patient's illness. What it is, is basically a psychedelic tea which utilizes ethnopharmacological chemicals made by certain varities. This information is provided for research purposes only. Unless you have the religious right to use it, then you are breaking the law by doing so. Most cacti are illegal to consume in the USA. Many of them have a vast history of use by Shamans and other cultures as a spiritual sacrament.


According to the book "Peyote, and other psychoactive cacti", there are four states in which laws protect people who choose to use these sacred plant medicines when used in religious context. They specifically protect anyone who uses them for religious purposes, as long as the use is "not dangerous to the health of the user or others in proximity to the users." The states are Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, and California. This book was first printed in 1977 and laws may have changed sense then. Because of this, I highly suggest doing further research first.


Cultivation


Cultivation of the various cacti species mentioned on this website is not that difficult at all, and anyone can grow them, even from seed. Organic soil or compost is highly recommended as it provides healthy food for your plants. When it comes to these unique plants, they require much different growing mediums than typical other species. You'll want to mix 30% regular fertilizer(soil, or compost), with 30% sand, and 30% perlite. Some prefer not to use perlite at all, and other thigns can take their place like certain types of rocks, etc.


Some argue that adding up to 50% perlite to your compost helps. You'll notice after reading around that the methods use for preparing your pots for growing these does vary. Many prefer to use perlite, others do not. Perlite is a white, porous volcanic glass that is used in soil mixtures to increase drainage. In this case it's used to create air pockets and allow for good drainage. You don't want a growing medium that stays wet with any type of cactus. They are used to dry, dessert like climantes.


When germinating, mist the top layer before adding the seeds. After misting , press your seeds gently into the surface of the soil, or you can sprinkle a very light layer over them. Some suggest not doing either and just literally sitting them on top of the dirt. Crowding is fine because later on you can separate them. Do not cover the seeds with too much soil because they do need some light to germinate. Take a clear plastic wrap and cover the whole container.


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References & Resources:

Echinopsis peruviana. (2017, March 22). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:46, May 29, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Echinopsis_peruviana&oldid=771561960

Gottlieb, A. (1977). Peyote and other psychoactive cacti. Place of publication not identified: Kistone Press.