trichocereus pachanoi, san pedro cactus, feedback, bridgesii

— Feedback Forum & Customer Comments —

Fri, 08 Jun 2018
From: Brian nnn@brianackerman.com
Subject: Flying Dog Cactus - photographic proof

"I purchased your SP before, great stuff. Anyways a funny note as I live in San Luis Obispo, and

"...saw Escalon and thought you were by Big Sur (Esalen) Almost drove up one week to find you...""


on my way to SF for business. Either way, you still have my business even if you are not in Big Sur - lol Have a nice weekend."
~ Brian
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2018
From: Carter nnn@gmail.com
I need 10lbs of Peruvians, whatever variety I got last time

""...have done surprisingly well for me in this climate. The long spines on the Bolivians were gorgeous...I'm always happy with what y'all send me.""


...I couldn't decide which variety I liked most, long spines look cool but I did notice the heavyweights tend to have the short spines, whichever variety you recommend is what I want. I'm actually gonna be using this 10lb order to try again to grow some big sacred cactus in large containers, this time in a greenhouse. I'm gonna try and start growing the huachuma holy trinity again ... Apparently PT is most likely to survive under my care anyway. ...thanks for being a good sport and stuff I someday hope to collect all those cool phenotype you've got Thanks.

...I got some laughs over your jokes on the website and wanted to return favor. Lol, my little bro is the real sheepman and I'm more the plant guy. He's been bring home a bunch of those fat dopers lately, I mean dorpers...


Carter offered to trade wool for cactus, or even a live sheep if I'd drive to meet him half way (between Californi and Louisiana!) ~ Verne
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2018
From: Joe nnn@gmail.com

Thanks for reaching out, Verne. Remember this guy? I bought it from you a few years back. Sure has multiplied and it blooms every year!

Hello Joe,
Beautiful care you've given them. Those are doing great!

Thank you. ~ Verne
FLYING DOG CACTUS
Pure mountain irrigation water connected the spiritual circuit between the cactus grow area and the sheep pasture. Pia felt power from the cactus lifting her into the air like in a dream.flying dog cactus, carlos castenada books came to life as Pia felt the power from the cactus making her fly
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2018
From: clifford nnn@yahoo.com>

That's funny!!flying dog cactus, carlos castenada books came to life as Pia felt the power from the cactus making her fly
More photos of Pia flying and even walking upright to pick grapes on Facebook:

Flying Dog Cactus!

Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2018
From: Curtis nnn nnnn@minister.com

I tried paying via Chase transfer and Google Pay, but unfortunately my bank was asking for credentials on your account.

Google Pay wanted me to have a Google device, which I do not. I attached two screenshots of where I became stumped on how to pay.

Click: Set up Google Pay

a screen shot tutorial



From Verne,
Curtis - I've taken your screenshots and my own to make a "Google Pay" tutorial. Click on these images... Let me know if it is helpful? Thank you. ~ Verne
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2018
From: Cactus Kate®

Hello Curtis!
I compliment you for your efforts — sometimes these things are frustrating.

First create a google email address.
• Then go to:
Google Pay
- and link your bank checking account, or debit card, etc. Google only requires a computer with a Google email address. Then you simply link that to your bank checking or debit card. Google rocks! (no mobile device needed).

Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2018
From: Mark nnn@aol.com

Wow! Impressive specimens. So carefully packaged. Wonderful buying experience. 5 star service and product quality. Thanks so much. Mark nnn

Hello Mark!
Beautiful pots and fresh soil! Very nice...we'll post this to the new Forum page. ~ Verne

PS: Is that a cat spirit behind the cutting?

(Reply from Mark) "Ah i didnt notice. but it appears so!
cat spirits have always been companions to cactus Kate's trichocereus sacred cactus
Cat spirits have always been companions to cactus Kate's trichocereus sacred cactus
peruvian torch cutting in potting soil, cactus Kate trichocereus sacred cactus
Fri, 01 Jun 2018
From: nnn nnn2012@yahoo.com

Verne, I did recieve it. Thank you again for your time and quality cactus. I will talk to you in the future im sure, but until then good luck in all you do. Keep up the great work. Ken
Date: Friday, 01 June 2018
From: AMWIKA SAE TENG (amwika@icloud.com)

Dear Kate, I am from Phuket, Thailand. I really want to buy your cactus because it looks beautiful. I really want San Pedro 10 lbs. Please tell if you can it to our location. If you can I will send you the location to send the the cactus. Thank you.

Sorry, we do not ship outside USA. Full explanation is here: TERMS
Date: Mon, 28 May 2018
From: nnn@yahoo.com / Subject: Order
Verne, I'm going to send the funds out the same way as before.

"All of the cactus from my previous orders are doing wonderful. I have been gifting some of them and telling people about the quality. Thank you for your time and keep up the great work."


Im sure i will talk to you before long again so until then keep up the great work. ~ Kendrick
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Wed, 30 May 2018
From: nnn@icloud.com

Wondering if you could help me identify this cactus I really enjoyed your article. Peter


That is some type of Cereus, not a trichocereus. Visit the cactiguide.com website - it's an excellent resource for cactus information.
March, 2018

Thank you for the latest shipment of bridgesii. They are much better than I expected. Thank you again for the extra you do. ~Leo



Please no wire transfers
They are for emergencies such as bailing you out of jail, paying the ransome for your kidnapped alpaca, etc.
no wire transfers - our bank charges $15 to receive one

The wire fee in the transaction above represents 17.5 %! "ouch!" Please don't use wires unless the fee represents 3% or less of the sale. Thank you!

Sat, 19 May 2018 From: Tyler nnn@gmail.com

Verne! Give Tyler a good scratch from me! The beautiful hue, the Peruvian glaucous you sent me almost 2 years ago is growing splendidly.

I accidentally broke her in half (she doubled in height before fall was over) when trying to move indoors the first winter. I rooted the 4 ft tip last spring and now have two plants the size you sent me originally.

Wanted to give you a follow up...I enjoy your emails. They are new and refreshing...may add another from your collection... You grow quality for sure, and worth the money for the blooms alone. ~ Tyler G

Tyler is also the name of my Service Dog
german shepherd

"The beautiful hue, the Peruvian glaucous you sent me almost 2 years ago is growing splendidly...You grow quality for sure, and worth the money for the blooms alone" -tyler



trichocereus glaucus, a variety of peruvian torch
This is a premium quality, blemish free specimen of a glaucus tip cutting. They are a lovely blue skin peruvian torch that grows fast and fat with lots of base columns sprouting up.
(Photo at right)

"I accidentally broke her in half (she doubled in height before fall was over) when trying to move indoors the first winter. I rooted the 4 ft tip last spring and now have two plants the size you sent me originally"



Fri, 25 May 2018
Subject: Whoopee! Tyler!

I swore I sent this last week and just realized it never went thru? I planted the tip that had broken off in the ground and unbeknownst to me there's a clay bowl under the top soil so it root-rotted.

Had to amputate almost a foot and repot again. This time I'll plant it on a hill so excess water will run off... live and learn. The other original piece got a little frost damage this past winter but it'll pop back soon!

"And those pachanois are part a cutting from the wizard you sent years ago. This plant is my donor plant to my cacti/succulent enthusiast friends."



"Whoa! You're referring to the "Wizard's Arm cuttings - man, that was 10 years ago! Look at the babies! Good job, Ty. ~ Verne
The actual photo Ty sent to us
trichocereus pachanoi, glaucus, peruvian torch, Cactus kate Sacred collection
trichocereus pachanoi, juul's giant, santaensis, san pedro cactus, peruvian torch, bridgesii
Fri, 18 May 2018
From: Danny nnn@gmail.com
Subject: New order - 4 lbs of Bridgesii

Hey Verne, I hope you are doing well brother!

Thank you so so much for the work you do. There's a large soul family of us that love and honor you out here in Phoenix, Arizona


I'd like to order 4 lbs of Bridgesii to ATTN: Danny 1134 ... Ave..., AZ 85013 About how many cuttings will that be? Lots of love, Danny
Date: Fri, 11 May 2018
From: Brian nnn@americanmicrotech.net
Subject: Order for Brian

"we love your specimens very much"


Thanks Verne! Yes, we love your specimens very much. I am very excited about this year's pup season. Your shipping is always on point, too. Thanks again. Take care !! (I know you will.) -Brian
Date: Thu, 10 May 2018
From: Thomas nnn@gmail.com
Subject: Order Please!

"Thanks for being so kind and wonderful to do business with"


Hi Verne, Just wanted to thank you and express my appreciation. My order arrived is great shape and you obviously sent some extra love my way. Thanks for being so kind and wonderful to do business with. I'm happy to be your customer! Best regards, Tom

Please keep sending emails! Just Liked you on Facebook! Peace, Bob



(above) Nick's $300 order had been pre-callused so it went directly into potting soil to root.
Nick's German Shepherds are as good looking as his rooting set up.

"...you have the best bridgesii deals out there. Keep it up! ~ Andy"



"...been meaning to write and say thank you. The cuttings are beautiful! I just got into some nice soil. Thank you for all the help, Tony ~Semper Gumby"


Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018
From: Nick nnn@gmail.com
Subject: Cactus things

"Verne, I can't thank you enough for your generous selections and expert care and packaging! I am still taking it all in and my mind is blown!



They are all so beautiful! I just finished getting them upright. Your generosity with my order has inspired me to gift one of the beautiful T. Bridgesii monstrose to a friend who is also a cactus person and a previous satisfied customer of yours.

Your plants came highly recommended and I can see why! ...I can tell you really took your time and put love into packaging them... really appreciate that.



When I got home from work shortly after 6pm, I was so excited to see them waiting for me! My wife was also very impressed with the order. A few years ago she got the chicken and rabbit bug much like I have gotten the cactus bug, and with all of the plants we have in our lives now they are all forming this cool circle of sustainability that is turning into a way of life for us.

These cacti are going to have a nice home here, and have some nice leafy roommates in the cold WA off season!

It was great to meet and do business with you, and I hope you have a great growing season! Thanks again, Nick
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2018
From: Joe nnn@gmail.com

"You guys are doing a great service to mankind. :-)"


Wed, 21 Feb 2018

Got the cuttings they are BEAUTIFUL Thanks so much I will be planting them in a few weeks :) Will go to you next time I need some cuttings. ~Joey



bridgesii monstrose

"I wanted to write to tell you how absolutely, wonderfully astounded I was when I received the order. The quantity sent blew my mind. The quality of your product is top notch...


Date: 4 Feb 2018
From: James nnn@uncc.edu
Re: Recently received order

Hello Verne,

"The varieties you sent are magnificent. The monstrose are wonderful. The long spined are wonderful. The short spined are wonderful. ""


I hope you're having an excellent day. You recently sent me an order for several varieties of bridgesii cacti. I wanted to write to tell you how absolutely, wonderfully astounded I was when I received the order.

The varieties you sent are magnificent. The monstrose are wonderful. The long spined are wonderful. The short spined are wonderful. The quantity sent blew my mind. The quality of your product is top notch, as they are beautiful and not badly scarred.

I just wanted to let you know I appreciate your business style.

Thank you, James
Tue, 30 Jan 2018
From: loco nnn2012@yahoo.com

"...recieved my cuttings yesterday. I have ordered from several people in the past, but your cuttings are the healthiest by far...I will definately be ordering more in the future. Thank you, and i hope you continue your great work. Kendrick"


Tue, 6 Feb 2018
From: Leo nnn nnn@yahoo.com
Packages arrived well
The packages just arrived and they are absolutely gorgeous. I look forward to the next batch.

"...hopefully I'll be able to get more from you soon though. Your cuttings are the best quality out of any I have ever ordered, keep it up! Thanks, Chase"


Mon, 16 Oct 2017
From: R nnn@gmail.com
Subject: How the kids are doing

I purchased i think 7 tip cuttings from you back in 2010. There are like six more in the greenhouse rooting, i have given away at least as many as i started with.

I must however wonder how it is that the cats protecting your cactus have not started their own little catnip garden in the dirt surrounding the cacti?

""Yes! My cats have a legacy catnip patch that hitched a ride with one of the large San Pedro when we moved here from Mountain View in 2004. They love catnip! Here is a long lost webpage from over a decade ago about my cat's catnip..."


"So is this just part of the deal, cats guard the cacti in return for getting to grow their own catnip? Now I cannot recall seeing a picture of one of your cacti surrounded by catnip plants. Is this the result of more consistent weeding or have you figured out how to negotiate a better deal with the cats?"


Being in the northeast i have to bring them all inside (sometimes this means cutting off a foot or so) for the cold months.

During this time our small pride of rescued cats has apparently seeded several of the planters with catnip, not that cheap ground junk mind you, the have become 'nip snobs' and are apparently growing themselves some kind nip.

So is this just part of the deal, they guard the cacti in return for getting to grow their own? I already grow them a good sized crop. Now I cannot recall seeing a picture of one of your cacti surrounded by catnip plants.

Is this the result of more consistent weeding or have you figured out how to negotiate a better deal with the cats?

In any case, they are being looked after.

"Helping to spread Kate Jackson's progeny is a wonderful privilege. Thank you. Rob J "


Customer Photos


Rescue dog.

Needs fresh potty soil

Neglected Terschekii



Rescue cactus.

Like the dog above, but needed fresh potting soil which it did receive. Now she needs time to heal, sunshine to grow healthy again...where there is love there is always hope.

Tortured San Pedro

Cactus needs new owner
More than fresh potting soil is needed here — this requires adequate watering, the appropriate amount of sunshine, and the love & care of a loant lover.

"What caused this?" you ask? Neglect, lack of knowledge, poor growing conditions.
(At left) Tall skinnyness is called etiolation.
(At right) Water starved, excessive heat/light turned them yellow.

[Etiolation - when plants are grown in partial or complete absence of light. characterized by long, weak stems]

The tan colored regions (left side) are annual growth marks. During the dromant winter time mites attack fresh tip growth leaving scars. When spring returns San Pedro outgrows the parasite damage to appear healthy again.

Trichocereus are not houseplants
The moral of the story is that San Pedro require lots of root space in rich soil with plenty of water & light - they thrive on sunlight and pizza just as you do!
Don't do this to your San Pedro cactus. They deserve love, respect, and tender care. They need large containers with fresh potting soil, plenty of water during summer (with good drainage) and sunshine without over heating the pots, etc.

USDA Hardiness Zones



Can I grow outdoors?
There are few areas of the USA warm enough, year-round, where San Pedro and Peruvian Torches grow as outdoor plants. If temps drop below the 20s for more than a short time freezing can kill them.

This limited "suitable for landscaping" region is why the hypothesis of a San Pedro "cultivar" is silly. The commercial propagation of Trichocereus is limited to a rarity market of collectors like yourself.
Click image for large map...

Communications from 2017


AFTER THE PAYPAL TRICHOCEREUS HIGH VOLUME SELLER BAN (More...)
PayPal locked accounts of eBay San Pedro sellers July, 2017

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
OH! that is a bummer. Sorry to hear about paypal - i hate how they censor stuff they don't like, even if it's legal. i actually ended up being able to order through my buddy's eBay account! Couldn't figure out why my account wouldn't work.. who knows. but i'm really glad to know about your website for future! Thanks, and all the best! Tom
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Weird! When I try to reply to your ebay message it errors: The question you are trying to answer is either invalid or older than 90 days. You cannot respond to questions older than 90 days" -- Can you believe that?!

REPLY Tom I searched my email archives to learn you are a regular and good customer. So I'm using your email from a previous order. PayPal shut down my account for "san pedro cactus sales" 3- weeks ago. I can only take credit/debit cards and like paypal has to ship to the card's billing address. Other than that I can't figure it out Tom! If ebay wears you out... I did set up sales here: https://sanpedrocactus1.com/ see if that works for you? Take care! Verne
Dear cactus_kate_trichocereus,
Hi, I've tried 3 different browsers on 2 computers and can't get the payment to go through. do you have a website or other way I can purchase? Thanks! Tom - nnnn
From: Schwartznnn nnn@protonmail.com
Subject: Re: Spikey Peruvianus Gotcha! Hope everything goes smoothly for you. If you don't mind (and can remember), could you possibly shoot me an email when the website is updated and everything is ready for ordering? Best of luck, Verne!
Mon, 16 Oct 2017 From: R Joesnnn nnn@gmail.com Subject: How the kids are doing
I purchased i think 7 tip cuttings from you (presuming this is still Vern) that was maybe 2010 There is like six more in the greenhouse rooting, i have given away at least as many as i started with.

I must however wonder how it is that the cats protecting your cactus have not started their own little catnip garden in the dirt surrounding the cacti? Being in the northeast i have to bring them all inside (sometimes this means cutting off a foot or so) for the cold months. During this time our small pride of rescued cats has apparently seeded several of the planters with catnip, not that cheap ground junk mind you, the have become 'nip snobs' and are apparently growing themselves some kind nip.

So is this just part of the deal, they guard the cacti in return for getting to grow their own? I already grow them a good sized crop. Now I cannot recall seeing a picture of one of your cacti surrounded by catnip plants. Is this the result of more consistent weeding or have you figured out how to negotiate a better deal with the cats? In any case, they are being looked after. helping to spread Kate J's progeny is a wonderful privilege. Thank you. Rob J
Thu, 07 Sep 2017 From: James nnn nnna@gmail.com
Hey there Verne, I did a SP purchase back in late March.? The stuff was great and has been growing real nice up here in SW Michigan.? Wondering if you'd recommend purchasing another round in fall or better to wait til spring?? I understand that not a whole lot of rooting (if any) happens in the winter months, so they could just chill in a dark area until the real rooting happens come spring.? But I thought maybe you'd have additional input. Thanks much! James
Fri, 08 Sep 2017 From: Isaac nnn@gmail.com
Thank you so so much, your generosity will not go unrewarded. Do you have any interest in martial arts? I make the finest fighting sticks you will ever see and would love to send you a pair. Thanks again, Isaac
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 From: for paypal
Hello, thanks your mails and understaning. Got the package, all in good shape. Problem is with ebay: when paying with CC it looks that the order does not go through, which is why I repeated the process. On top on that, the order does not appear as having been placed in my "ebay summary", so no chance I can enter feedback. Hopefully, they'll fix this bug soon and hopefully also this will not affect your business. They seem to be bullying vendors who want CC paiement rather than paypal. Cheers, Omar
Hey I have a question, did you make the triangular cutouts on the shipping box? I just got it and there is 2 triangular cutouts about an inch wide each on one of the faces of the box. Just want to make sure it was you, ive purchased cactus before and it hasnt come with air holes. Thanks!

Dear nnn, -Yes, those are air vents to prevent molding due to trapped humidity - because I pick fresh cuttings. ~ Verne

"I figured as much.""


"They are most definitely teeming fresh. Im grateful. Muy Bonita, everything is perfect. They are Some Beauties. They found a new Home and I am taking Care of them. They like me lol."



They like to poke. Anyways, thanks so much. I have yet to plant them in my formal gardens and I am very pleased. ~Omar


Hi, I'm trying to purchase some cacti from you and can't seem to complete the transaction. The notice reads you are unable to receive funds at this time. Please help! Also curios if you have anymore "Juul's Giant" available as I'm looking expand my collection. Thanks! Domonic
New message from: bluceree nnn - Ok so I made the purchase for four tips, and it said the order was confirmed. We'll seeee....Any "Juul's Giant" around? If you put a custom order of various strains together I would buy it immediately. Looking to collect various Pachs/Peruv's. Serra Blue, Juul's Giant, Torres&Torres, and others. Thanks, hope the purchasing smoooothes out!
Hello friend -Is there any way you could send me some bridgesii cuttings? I used to get them from you, but haven’t seen them for a while. And I just noticed that there are some listed for local pickup. Thanks for your time
Hello, I'd like to be a repeat customer. When do you think you'll have stock (six stalks) for shipping to Idaho? ~ Boise nnn - I had a question about shipping. On the search results page it says shipping would be about $17 but when I click on the listing it says pick up only but your other listings offer shipping. Sorry about that! Is there a way to contact you without ebay? Thanks, Chris.
I am getting paid today and can do a western union bank transfer, it may be a little bit late when I do as work will be too busy to get anything done but would love to purchase. Thank you. Ready to pay, just send me the info on where to send western union bank transfer and we will try this again. 91.95 for Bridgesii and shipping wasn't it?
Hello! I'm so happy to get a response from you. I never know if someone will actually e-mail me back. I apologize for being slow to e-mail you a reply. I was out all weekend on a trip. So just to confirm -- is it the "Short spine peruvianus" that grows really fast? Or is the "Juul's Giant" even faster? Is the "Short spine peruvianus" another name for "Fastest"? They sound fantastic!

I always wondered about why people tend to grow them like a Saguaro cactus. I was aware that their native habitat is on the cooler side and much wetter than expected. Your cactus are obviously doing really well with your growing conditions. It verifies what you're saying. Is this the pricing section I need to look at? "Any Peruvian torch tip cutting, approximately 18 inches and 4 to 5 lbs, from the Specials selection: $44.95 + $14.95 UPS. Order limit 10"

If so (and I'm sorry to ask you) would it be possible to order smaller sizes of "Juul's Giant" and "Short spine peruvianus (Fastest)"? Maybe 9" each? I'm always trying to cut corners because I'm dealing with such huge medical bills right now. I hope that's not an inconvenience. You have great cactus and definitely sound like you know what you're doing. ~ Eden
Hello, I have a problem with my san pedro plant, I wasn't sure who else to ask but you seemed like you know your stuff. I have a san pedro plant and we were gonna cut off a piece to plant in the ground like we have done multiple times before. We cut off two pieces, one was 14 inches and the other 10 inches. the 14 inch piece dried up perfectly after a week and we planted it is all good, but the 10 inch one became red and gooey and we had no idea what to do, so we cut off the red part, but the red part came back. I've attached the images of the red cactus before and after we cut them. Do you have any idea what is going on to them?
Hey there Verne, I did a SP purchase back in late March. The stuff was great and has been growing real nice up here in SW Michigan. Wondering if you'd recommend purchasing another round in fall or better to wait til spring? I understand that not a whole lot of rooting (if any) happens in the winter months, so they could just chill in a dark area until the real rooting happens come spring. But I thought maybe you'd have additional input.

Dear Mr. nnn, You may order 24/7 365 days/year. So it is your call, of course. Seeing you sent email from trichocereus.com I assume you read my "Winter rooting" for San Pedro? That article pertains to using an unheated greenhouses - our winter "cold" is only in the 30s - occasionally dipping to the 20s. Persons with heated greenhouses can root in winter if temp is (I'm guessing) over 50 F. And if short light of winter is offset by some electric brightness.

Hello Verne, I hope you're having an excellent day. You recently sent me an order for several varieties of bridgesii cacti. I wanted to write to tell you how absolutely, wonderfully astounded I was when I received the order. The varieties you sent are magnificent. The monstrose are wonderful. The long spined are wonderful. The short spined are wonderful. The quantity sent blew my mind. The quality of your product is top notch, as they are beautiful and not badly scarred. I just wanted to let you know I appreciate your business style. Thank you, James
Hey Verne, Good catching up with you. I actually am not sure how to use a wire transfer as I have not any experience with wire transfer. Do you have a link to the old digital form where I can use my debit card? Jeff
Hey Verne, Good news. I figured out how to Transfer from my bank to your account and routing. You should be receiving $240.00 on Friday (1-12-2018). I hope this covers the 30 lbs of torches. I wish it could get there faster, but this is the best option available with my bank at the moment (PNC). Best wishes, Jeff

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