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stress good for San Pedro?
    #2872986 - 07/09/04 10:15 PM (18 years, 4 months ago)

I heard that if a San Pedro cacti was under stress (low sunlight, ect..) that the alkaloid content would be much greater. Is there any truth to this or is this a myth?

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Re: stress good for San Pedro? [Re: j_db69]
    #2873022 - 07/09/04 10:21 PM (18 years, 4 months ago)


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Re: stress good for San Pedro? [Re: creten]
    #2873103 - 07/09/04 10:43 PM (18 years, 4 months ago)

not really, low water intake potentiates the cactus, and 'm sure there are other methods of stresing that are likely just as effective. the myth is that any form of stressing will work.


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Re: stress good for San Pedro? [Re: j_db69]
    #2873195 - 07/09/04 11:04 PM (18 years, 4 months ago)

The conclusions I have drawn as a result of extensive online research:

* I believe it is counter-productive to stress the cacti during its active growing cycle!
* Keep your cacti happy & healthy during the months of natural active growth, in order to maximize biomass.
* In the Fall, decrease the watering (this stresses the cacti), but continue to give them a lot of light. Continue this "dry & bright" schedule through the Winter.
* Harvest in Winter, or just before Spring re-growth resumes, to take advantage of the natural seasonal potency variation.
* Allow harvested cactus to "cure" in a cool, dark, dry location for 2 to 4 weeks before processing (i.e. making syrup, tea, dried stars/chips)
* Re-plant the cactus tip cuttings in Winter, but don't give much water until Spring.

In other words, some stress may increase potency, but only after a period of healthy growth. More stress is not always better --do it at the right time.


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