sunny day dripline installation

I spent a long day today installing dripline but I took some breaks to take some photos. With the drought in California I've only watered twice this year - once in June and once in July. The plants are not too happy about it though so I'm going to water more often but more efficiently. 

Trichocereus scopulicola FR991 from M. S. Smith clearly looking thirsty.

Help is on the way!

I'm using Netafim heavywall dripline with .62 gph emitters built in every 2'. Lines spaced throughout the yard at 2' spacing. Over the next few months I'll cover all the lines with with chips and mulch. I've got a fertilizer injector hooked up to add kelp and fish to the water.

A few shots of a Trichocereus peruvianus (cuzcoensis) KK338 from Sacred Succulents. I've really been enjoying the looks of this one lately.

Oddly enough these pups are coming out a few feet off the ground, midway up the plant.

A Trichocereus pachanoi 'PC' with some unhealthy thin growth when I planted it. The thin columns fell over soon after planting and they've been snaking around for a couple years now. It may be time for them to start growing upright again.

Around 2001 I bought about eight 2' seedlings of Trichocereus bridgesii from Sacred Succulents. I've got them all lumped together as T. bridgesii JS31 for my collection. Pictures below come from three of these in my garden. I think most of the differences seen in these are environmental - with some getting far more shade than others. 




Somewhere in between shady and sunny.

Somewhere in between shady and sunny.

Trichocereus aff. pachanoi Hutchison 6212 BBG 64.0762 through Sacred Succulents. I've got this scale problem on only two of my plants - both clones from the Berkeley Botanical Garden. I haven't done anything to treat it and while it's spread on this plant it hasn't spread to others. 

Trichocereus bridgesii 'Eileen'. 

Trichocereus peruvianus BBG 48.1540 I purchased at the Berkeley Botanical Garden.

T. uyupampensis? BBG 60.0450 through Sacred Succulents.

A couple Lumberjackius from JRL.

I call this one Trichocereus sp. Ohlone because I got it from the man who planted all the cactuses at Ohlone College in Fremont. I got a few from him but this is the nicest of the bunch.

An interesting Trichocereus terscheckii seedling from joecactusmt on ebay. Flimsy thin spines.

Lot's of cicadas on the cactuses this year. Verne's San Pedro x Preruvianus hybrid.

Trichocereus bridgesii RS0005 'Eusaporus' from Kakster showing some monstrose growth this year.

A Trichocereus pachanoi from Cactario Maipu in Santiago, Chile. It was only about 12" (30cm) when I got it as an unrooted cutting in November 2012. Here it is now at 66" (168 cm) in July 2015.

And here it is just over a year ago in April 2014.

And here's tomorrow's project. That tree in the back is severely rotting at the base and will be coming out next week. I've got to dig up all these cactuses pictured along with several others to clear some room for it to come down. At least 50 cactuses in total will need to be dug up. I'm sad to lose a big tree on my property, but I am pretty excited about the additional sunshine I'll get for my cactuses. Replacements for the tree are already growing as well. There's a Monkey Puzzle Tree and an Acacia (obtusifolia? longifolia? I forget which seeds I threw out there) already going in that corner.

Recent Sales

Here are a few packages that have gone out or will be going out soon. Maybe you recognize one of yours?

Trichocereus sp. Ohlone, Trichocereus sp. Lumberjackius, Trichocereus peruvianus sp. puquiensis, Trichocereus peruvianus 'Poots'.

Trichocereus camarguensis, Trichocereus pachanoi monstrose, Trichocereus thelegonus. 

Trichocereus peruvianus 'Poots'

Trichocereus sp. 'Pink Glory'.


I spent some times organizing all my old photos. Now I can see how individual plants have grown over time!

Here's a plant I refer to as T. pachanoi 'HALF' growing over about two years.

Massive pupping on May 16, 2013. No hormone - just a thick old growth cut that's ready to live.

Recovering from a bad freeze that killed the tips over the winter of 2013. Here it is on June 5, 2014.

No damage in the winter of 2014. Here it is on June 19, 2015.

I bought this plant as Trichocereus peruvianus from Sacred Succulents in 2001. Seems to be a form of cuzcoensis. JS04 for my collection. Here's seven years of growth, keeping in mind that lot's of cuttings have also been taken.

 There it is when first planted on June 21, 2008.

There it is when first planted on June 21, 2008.

Growing strong on September 10, 2011.

 One year later on September 13, 2012.

One year later on September 13, 2012.

Apparently I like to take photos of this plant in mid September? September 10, 2013.

April 18, 2014.

June 19, 2015. It's getting harder to capture as it merges with the tree.

Here's a Trichocereus terscheckii I bought from Poot's House of Cactus around 2002. It struggled for several years as I took it with me over four moves. It's much happier since being in the ground.

Freshly planted June 21, 2008.

I found the first pup! So excited! October 12, 2012.

September 12, 2013. Will I need to remove a fence board?

June 14, 2014. More pups!

Happy plant. June 19, 2015.