Baby San Pedro Cactus Growing And Caring Tips

San Pedro Cactus, scientifically referred to as Echinopsis pachanoi, is a cactus that is extremely fast growing and has been used in many different ways in South America. A baby San Pedro Cactus is quite impressive and can reach heights of up to 20 feet (3 m). Echinopsis pachanoi is commonly found in South American countries such as Peru, Chile, and Bolivia and in other parts of the world such as New Zealand and Australia. It is believed to contain mescaline, a psychedelic that is illegal in the US, and that is why it is sold as a decorative plant. It is an amazing cactus that has been used in traditional medicine for many years and even in shamanic ceremonies.

About The San Pedro Cactus

When grown indoors, San Pedro Cactus need properly-draining soil, and if you cannot get enough light from your own light bulbs, you may have to purchase the right grow lights. Echinopsis pachanoi is like most cacti that love having lots of natural light and warmth. It can be grown in USDA zones 8b to 10b in colder climates as long as the temperature remains above 15°F (9°C). Baby San Pedro cactus is more sensitive and can suffer sunburn, which is why they mostly thrive in high-altitude areas of the Andes.  

Echinopsis pachanoi is an ornamental cactus that can cause you to feel very high (similar to being on medication). It contains mescaline, a potent psychedelic similar to MDMA. It is illegal to eat San Pedro cactus, but growing the baby San Pedro Cactus is perfectly safe. Also, note that San Pedro Cactus is slightly poisonous and should be kept away from children and pets.

Baby San Pedro Cactus cropping up
Baby San Pedro Cactus cropping up

Growing And Caring Tips for Baby San Pedro Cactus

San Pedro cactus is among the most psychedelic, distinctive, and mysterious plants on planet earth. It is often known as the Cactus that causes people to have a clear vision. It is said to cause people to have a clearer understanding of life. But you need to know how to grow and properly care for your baby San Pedro cactus from seed.

Fortunately, the procedure for growing and caring for baby San Pedro cactus are not very unique. It’s important to find the perfect baby San Pedro cactus and the correct cactus soil mixture from your local plant store before you even think about the water and sunshine bit. Here is a brief introduction to everything you need to grow a baby San Pedro cactus and what you should know before you buy one.

First, you’ll need some basic gardening tools to care for a cactus. These include:

  • Trowel 
  • Water
  • Gardening gloves 
  • Cactus potting mix 
  • Fertilizer
  • A 5- or 6-inch plant pot 
  • Potting soil 

You can get all these tools from your local gardening and plant supply store or order online.

1. Choosing the Right Soil

After you have the tools and equipment, the next step is to fill the pot with the right soil. It’s important that the soil you choose to plant a cactus in is porous and drains easily. That way, watering the Cactus from time to time won’t cause it to become too dry and cause it to die. San Pedro cacti naturally live in dry climates. You can make any soil you have more porous by adding some of the following:

  • Pumice
  • Pearlite
  • Gravel 
  • Sand

Adding these ingredients to an existing soil mix will help make the soil more suitable for growing Cactus. You can get a quality starter soil mix at your local garden center or make your own.

2. Transporting the Cactus

You’ll need to move the Cactus from its nursery bed/pot into its permanent pot. Now that you have your soil, fill the pot you have chosen and add 1/4 to 1/2 inch of each of the good soil additives that you used in the pot to help it drain better. 

Dig a shallow hole in the middle of the soil and mark the spot with your finger, approximately 2 to 3 inches deep. Take your gardening gloves off and transplant the Cactus from its nursery bed, putting it in the hole you previously created. Tightly pack soil all around the Cactus so that the top of the plant is completely covered. Water the baby San Pedro Cactus cautiously to ensure the soil is damp but not sopping wet.

Here is a quick video to show you how to pot your baby San Pedro Cactus:

3. Water Your Plant 

Water your Cactus when it’s young, and begin to give it some fertilizer as it matures. Water your Cactus once a week to keep it healthy. If you’re growing cactus plants from seed, it’s recommended to water them twice a week until you start to see leaves and flowers emerging from the soil. 

You can also water your Cactus by filling a large sink with water and letting the water soak into the cactus soil. Let the water seep into the Cactus by putting holes in the bottom of the pot and then take it out when it becomes very damp. Alternatively, you can water it traditionally by using a watering can. However, you need to do this at different intervals during the week to avoid too much dampness. 

4. Beware of Cold Temperatures

When Cactus go dormant, they will suffer from very slow decay. Watering them during this time will only cause them to rot more quickly. Overwatering the Cactus can make bacteria thrive and cause them to become infected.

5. Add Fertilizer

Cold temperatures can cause cactuses to have a hard time getting enough water. Normally, Cactus need to be watered once a week. When the Cactus is rooted and looking good, you can add some fertilizer to help it get some nutrients. You can begin to fertilize your Cactus as soon as you start to see its roots growing. 

Don’t start fertilizing the Cactus before it starts to grow roots. When cactus plants have mature roots, they’re ready to start eating food. Fertilizer is what feeds cactus plants and gives them what water cannot give. You can buy fertilizers that you can pour into a cactus plant pot and help it thrive. 

6. Give it Enough Sunshine

You need to give your cactus lots of sunshine. San Pedro cactus is usually planted in the desert, so it needs plenty of direct sunlight to thrive. Start by slowly introducing your Cactus to full sun if it’s a new plant. When introducing your Cactus to the full sun, position them so that they get some shade along with the sun so that they can enjoy the rays of the sun. 

You can achieve this by slowly introducing your Cactus to early morning or late evening sunlight. These are usually less intense than midday sunlight. You can also put your Cactus in the shade of other plants.

Wrapping Up

Echinopsis pachanoi likes soil rich in nutrients, but not as much as regular cactus soil. Being very high up in the Andes, this Cactus needs plenty of water, especially during hot summer days. Hopefully, these baby San Pedro cactus growing and caring tips will help you take good care of your seedling and turn your garden into a beautiful oasis.

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