Echinopsis bridgesii is *not* T. brigesii, according to this: https://davesgarden....es/pf/go/63830/
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Posted 10 August 2022 - 08:15 AM
Are there any youtube videos (etc) that anyone has found useful for illustrating grafting techniques?
I have a project in mind I'd like to get under way in Spring.
Posted 10 August 2022 - 09:33 PM
Lovely. Lighter for scale. How many buttons would lead to a nice holiday? Never had live buttons before.
Posted 11 August 2022 - 11:56 PM
Treat them mean, keep them keen.
I have not fertilised nor watered (although they are under the dome)
Posted 12 August 2022 - 09:56 PM
Obviously doing well scott. Sending good vibes for continuing success.
As long as they remain in the humidity control, moisture is not likely to be problematic. My usual time frame is around 2 months before I start to ween them off the saturated air to the ambient humidity. I tend to do that very gradually and take up to a month for that process. My humidity here averages in the 20% range, at times dropping to single digits, so going from near full saturation is a pretty drastic change. I have not had much loss as long as I do it very slow.
If you are planning to hard grow any of these out naturally, my advice is to be patient a go slow. Grafting them for an expedited growth means the pereskiopsis is supplying the fuel and water, so there is no need to wait for a good root development. You will have the best success rate with your grafts if you let them get to a manageable size.
As far as your question on button quantity for good effect, my advice is to not waste your time or the cactus with threshold levels. My experience is limited to 3 times, and the first was appx. 12-13 buttons, alone in the desert for a Spirit Walk. These were brewed into a tea, made for me by a Peyote church in Arizona. That was a life changing experience for me.
The times after were more like 8-10, which was still a good 12+ hour expedition. Body weight is of course a factor to some extent. At the time I weighed around 170 Lbs
I would really say I don't recommend less than 8 or you are likely to be disappointed.
Posted Yesterday, 03:58 AM
Have you tried just having the cactus raw (ie cut and chomp)? I understand it tastes rather hideous, but I'm having them for the voltage, not the vintage.
And have you had the roots survive to grow again? (if they are on their own roots)
Edited by scott_1971_h, Yesterday, 04:00 AM.
Posted Yesterday, 09:19 AM
I've never harvested any of my own. They give me a lot of good vibes and enjoyment just living in my care. So i have not personally had any regrow, but if harvested with an angle to keep some aeroles intact they do re-grow.
I have eaten them, never fresh but dried to a chewy piece of leather. A slow and tongue numbing bitter extreme.....
I was taught to chew a small piece of dried fruit like apricot between to help clear the bitterness. Drinking was nothing more than wetting the mouth. A small sip, and then repeat. I believe fresh buttons would be more difficult, and a lot more volume to consume.
I suppose the trick is to not eat too fast, but hopefully have finished before the first purge hits.
I drank a "tea" made from San Pedro most of my journeys........................
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