TIPS FOR GROWING A MESCALINE CACTUS AT HOME
Growing a mescaline cactus yourself is fortunately not difficult at all, and also a lot of fun to do. You don't need to know about growing plants or have a green thumb. Cacti are very hardy plants and can withstand most rigors. So they can handle it if you forget to water them.
If you want to use mescaline, you can buy seeds from, for example, peyote or the San Pedro cactus. You can then use (parts of) the cactus later, when the cactus is larger, to experience the effects of mescaline. However, it will take a while before that is possible: mescaline cacti do not grow that fast.
Growing mescaline cacti, that's how you do it
Everything you make yourself (or grows) tastes better: homemade bread, carrots or strawberries from your own garden. It's like your own hard work makes the taste and smell of your food purer and tastier. Or that also for mescaline cacti, you should try it out yourself. The fact is that growing a cactus yourself is a lot of fun and not difficult at all.
You really only need a good dose of patience for it. If you are in a hurry, you can harvest your cactus about a year after sowing. However, it is still so small that you will need the entire cactus for a trip. It is better to wait longer, until the plant is large enough, so that you can only cut off a piece. Your cactus will then continue to grow happily, so that you always have a supply whenever you want.
To grow a cactus from seed you need the following:
- Mescaline cactus seeds
- Soil for cacti
- Terracotta pots
- (Plant) saucer
- Cotton wool
- Sand or vermiculite
- Clothing foil
- Piece of muslin fabric
How to grow your own mescaline cactus
1. Potting soil and pots
Did you order seeds and receive them at home? Then you will first have to decide where you will grow the cactus. The best are terracotta pots: they provide good drainage. The hole in the bottom also prevents the soil from becoming too moist. If the soil is too wet, the roots of the cactus can rot.
You can use cactus soil as a nutrient medium. You can purchase this at a garden center. Furthermore, you can also make your own soil mixture by mixing perlite and compost (half and half). This is also a good option, which ensures optimal drainage and aeration.
If you are using a terracotta pot, first place some cotton wool on the drainage hole. Pull a piece of the cotton wool out through the hole on the outside. That way you can water your cactus from below. The cotton wool will be able to absorb the water. By using this technique, and not watering from above, you prevent your plant from getting too much water and the seed from washing away. Now fill the pot with the growing medium (the soil), to just above half of the pot. Press it gently.
2. Sowing cactus seeds
Now is the time to sow. The small seeds do not have to be pressed deeply into the soil. If you have several seeds, keep about 4 to 5 cm space between them. Simply place them on the soil and sprinkle with a new layer of soil until just covered. Place the jar on the saucer with a layer of water on it. Let it stand until you see that the top layer of soil is getting damp. Remove the pot from the saucer and let it drip.
Now we have to wait for germination. The best temperature for cacti is between 20 and 30 degrees. For ideal conditions, you can cover the jar with some cling film. Place the jar on the windowsill. It can be in the sun for several hours a day, but not for too long. Keep an eye on the soil: water (via the saucer) if it starts to look dry. If you water from above, it is useful to use a plant sprayer. Make sure that you do not water too much or that the soil dries out too much. It takes about 2 weeks for the cactus to germinate.
4. Growing bigger
Your little cactus will now continue to grow. For the next 2 weeks you don't have to do much other than what you have done. After 2 weeks, you can remove the foil. You can replace it with a piece of muslin if you want. This is good for air circulation. Another good tip is to sprinkle some aquarium stones on the soil. These help to retain moisture.
How can you tell if your cactus is doing well? They can still not good against direct sunlight. The cactus will turn yellow if it gets too little light, but they will turn brown or red if left in too much full sun. A healthy cactus has a beautiful dark green color. Keep an eye on the amount of light the plant gets. When a cactus is 1 year old, it should only be in full sun.
If your cactus has celebrated its first birthday, you can consider it mature. The plant therefore needs less and less water. It is good to let the soil really dry out before watering again. In such a climate, your cactus will thrive, even if it seems brutal compared to other plants. The cactus is well-equipped for this. You can now also just water from above. However, do not pour water on the cactus itself.
Repotting is only necessary when the plant has a diameter of 1 centimeter. Choose a pot that is 3 to 4 times the diameter of the cactus. The pot should be 4 to 5 times as deep as the cactus is tall. By repotting, you provide fresh soil with new nutrients and more room to grow.
As you can see, growing a cactus is very easy. The plant is very hardy and does not require much care. Did you feel like growing your own mescaline cactus after reading this? Look in the webshop for seeds of the San Pedro and the Peyote cactus or a ready-made San Pedro grow kit.
For more information about Mescaline cacti, click here: THE MAGICAL POSSIBILITIES OF MESCALINE CACTI