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San Pedro Cactus Trichocereus pachanoi

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Common names include: Achuma, Huachuma, Wachuma, Aguacolla, Hahuacollay, or Giganton.


               The cactus is scientifically known as Trichocereus pachanoi. It's very similar to Peyote. This particular species is a rapidly growing columnar that is native to the Andes Mountains at heights of nearly 2,000-3000 m.[2] It's also found in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.(2) It's well known for applications in Peruvian Shamanism which will be discussed in further detail below.


In regions of the world where it's legal to do so, The San Pedro cactus has been used as a traditional medicine and for religious ceremonies for well over 3,000 years. It also has a long history of use in Andean traditional medicine.[2] There's also evidence of use among the Moche culture for thousands of years.[2] It has many relatives and can easily be grown from cuttings.


Cultivation:



San Pedro is very easy to grow in most areas. It can withstand temperatures that are far cooler than many other cacti species. It's very important to prepare the right growing medium when growing any cacti variety. They don't grow in regular soil like other plants. I suggest either buying an organic cacti potting mix, or read the back of the label to get an idea of how to prepare your own. I'll talk more about this below in the soil preparation section.


Soil Preparation


It prefers alkaline soil. They tend to thrive well in a mixture of sand and perlite. When cultivating from cuttings you should leave them in a shady area or indirect sunlight. Do not water for the first week or two. As long as the growing medium is moist then you should have no problems. They require high levels of humidity and a well drained soil mix. Make sure they get enough, but not too much water, light and nutrition. Use a coarse sharp sand or some coir or peat. Make sure the temperature is warm where the seeds will be germinated.

It should not be over-watered either because that will leave it very susceptible to fungal diseases. This rule can be applied to more than 90% of all growing techniques. Over-watering in general is the number one cause of accidental crop death. Detailed growing instructions are included with your San Pedro Seeds available from these guys.

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References:

[1] Heaven, R., & Charing, H. G. (2006). Plant spirit Shamanism: Traditional techniques for healing the soul. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books.

[2] T. pachanoi. (2016, July 8). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:46, July 12, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Echinopsis_pachanoi&oldid=728838676


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