Peyote Cactus Growing Basics
SOME THINGS THAT A CANADIAN PEYOTE CACTUS CULTIVATOR OUGHT TO KNOW
In issue #13 of Cannabis Culture there is an article on the Peyote Foundation as well as information that is useful.
THC (Toronto Hemp Company) sells a book or two that are full of information about cultivating Peyote and other interesting cactus and plants.
From November till March, most cactus are in a dormant state. Watering should be done sparingly; like once a month. Should the plant show signs of shriveling then it follows that more water is needed. Always allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
DO NOT FERTILIZE DURING THE DORMANT CYCLE UNLESS YOU WANT TO KILL YOUR PLANTS.
Winter temperature 20c. Summer temperature 30c or 40 plus if you have a greenhouse.
A 400 Watt metal halide lamp will suffice. 1000 Watt is better yet. Those who are using natural sunlight must make sure it is abundant diffuse light and not direct sunlight because direct sunlight will burn even mature peyote plants. This is known as phototoxicity and the plant will turn reddish brown. A whiteish scab will form around the cactus, but this is the plant healing itself. After a while, the scab will fall off and green growth will follow. This is similar to us having a sunburn and the inevitable peeling of skin.
Tall and thin means that there is not enough light.
In the wild, peyote can take up to ten years before producing its first flower. Plants grown at home under optimal conditions may take only five years to reach this rate of growth.
Watering during the summer months depends on your particular setup. Watering once a week is all they really need (good soak) during those dog days of summer. Overwatering will kill unless the root rot gets there first; so it is better to be a little cautious and under water rather than drown the cacti.
To steer you in the direction of successful cultivation, there are two things that helped.
Get a copy of Peyote and other Psychoactive Cacti by Adam Gottlieb. Most of what I know I got from this book.
Consider supporting The Peyote Foundation P.O. Box 778 Kearny Arizona 85237
Membership is $40.00 U.S. annually and apart from a one year subscription to The Peyote Foundation Journal you will be helping to do your part in seeing that this sacrament and medicine is not lost.
In 2001, I will have accumulated enough information on products an practices that work. You can thank the peyote foundation for that, for without the help of Leo and Raven, this would have been much more difficult.