Friday, April 24, 2015

Peyote news, April 2015

Lophophora williamsii collection, ready for a new home!
Hello to all of you loyal blog readers! Yes, you're right. That's my entire Peyote collection laying naked on a wooden plate. I wanted to organize them a little better, because they were all standing in different pots, looking a bit chaotic... Let me re-introduce you to my Peyote tribe:

Lophophora williamsii, purchased during a trip to Amsterdam back in 2009.
My first Peyote. When I've bought this plant, I didn't even know that it was a cactus. Shame on me! But this squeezable, succulent plant is the reason I started to sow cacti. Not long after buying this plant and finding out about its fascinating history, I decided to buy myself a Peyote-growkit (I've written one of my first articles about it).

As you can see, the roots still contain a little bit of commercial mix (probably peat) that I just couldn't get off.

2011's seedlings

I'll let the following photos speak for themselves. One thing I would like to add is that you can really see the difference between the root-system of my seedlings and a L. williamsii grown in a peat based soil mix. I use a mineral soil mix that contains 70% fine grit and 30% cat litter. As mentioned in my previous article, you should only use cat litter if it doesn't turn in to pulp after standing a couple of days in water. I also recommend you to wash the litter a couple of times to get rid of the added odors.

Lophophora williamsii, 4 years old.
Lophophora williamsii, La Popa, Nuevo Leon, 4 years old.
Lophophora williamsii, Nuevo Yucatan, 4 years old.

2012's seedlings

Lophophora williamsii var. caespitosa is actually the same species as the normal L. williamsii, but is a hybrid, cultivated by selecting plants with many offsets. A normal L. williamsii can have the same appearance, but it's not guaranteed.

Lophophora williamsii var. Caespitosa, La Perdida, 3 years old.

Purchased in the end of 2014

Lophophora williamsii var. caespitosa, purchased last year.
As mentioned in the caption: the plant above is a L. williamsii var. caespitosa that I've bought last year. I just had to possess some older plants. More will be added to my collection soon (after the upcoming cacti show).

Re-potted

I was having doubts about what kind of pots I should use to re-pot them. I've decided to place them all in these two containers, because I think I'm using less space this way. I also think that it looks more organized.

Lophophora williamsii var. Caespitosa on the left and the normal Lophophora williamsii on the right.
Lophophora williamsii Nuevo Yucatan on the left and  Lophophora williamsii La Popa, Nuevo Leon on the right.


The End

A short update on what I've sown this year: 40/40 Astrophytum caput-medusae up and the Sulcorebutia germination of this year sucks! (the rest is going average)

That's it for now. Have a nice day and till next time!