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Heck yeah! My new cact arrived!

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Hi Endlessness,

Nice plant and log keeping here. Thanks for testing the matucana peruvianus, please keep us posted about the results of the quantitative analysis. Also it would be valuable if you could let us know in the future whether the cacti are tolerant to the winter conditions where you planted them.

In my humble opinion the plant labelled matucana pachanoi back at the beginning of this post is most likely a matucana peruvianus. The pachanoi from matucana tends to have a reverse serration/buzzsaw pattern with very short spination in younger plants, which almost dissappears as the plants mature. The ribs are also quite flattened against the stem, making the plant look quite rounded or "fat" when looked from above. So far as I heard and read matucana peruvianus are also very strong and have a euphoric and energetic feeling to their experience. It can always be a hybrid between the matucana pachanoi and the peruvianus of this locality as well, in which case the offspring might be morphologically indistinguishable from the peruvianus parents.

Keep up the good work and happy gardening :thumb_up:
Thanks friends!

Ahubaba, it might very well be mislabelled as pachanoi but be a matucana peruvianus, thanks for sharing your thoughts! It looks different than the other matucana peruvianus I have but from my little experience, there can be quite some variation between specimens of supposedly the same species, only looking at maybe hundreds of them, one can see patterns that go beyond the individual variations.

Also, considering some of these cuttings came from some or other supplier, I don't know how trustable the identification really is, so I take it with a grain of salt.

I'll mostly just care about whether they grow well in my area and whether they have a good amount of mescaline :)

Im posting below my little veggie garden that is next to the cact, then my lone peyote, and the stone wall where Im starting to grow some herbs between the cracks, like lavender, mint, lemon balm, thyme, rosemary, etc..


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endlessness, what a breathtaking garden 😁

What you've done here is exactly what I wish to do myself in the years to come-- very well done!

2. Short cuttings will root, but are slower to take off. They say 6-12" is the optimum length.

3. I usually just leave the cutting in a warm place indoors (e.g. in or on a closet) and it will put out roots on its own after a few weeks. No special treatment needed, no need to wrap it in anything. Some humidity around the area where you want the roots to grow from may speed it up, but IME it's not worth the extra effort if just leaving it as it is and forgetting about it for 2 months does the job.

When I lay columns flat on their side, they strike roots along the side facing down. If you want it to grow roots from the bottom cut, you'll have to prop it up to keep it vertical, e.g. lean it against a wall or something.

4. They're not fussy at all, they just need their soil to be free-draining. My soil is a heavy clay, so I just add whatever I have on hand - sand, grit, pebbles, perlite, coir. It's cheaper than a ready cactus soil mix.

IME peruvianus is the toughest, mine has never rotted or suffered any kind of cold or wet damage.

Edit: Oops, I didn't realize I was replying to a post from 2015!
Nice cactus garden!... pictures with scrubby trees..look very much like the ...south west! maybe.. arizona... .or new mexico...southern cal...or some part of the world thats dry and warm... must be nice...:thumb_up:
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