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OfflineScrewjack
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Peyote In Distress!!!
    #3216767 - 10/05/04 02:11 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Hi, I'm a first time poster here and I'm in big need of some expert help. I have a three year old Lophophora that appears to be in bad shape. Now first let me say I have a deep respect and honour for this sacred cactus and I in no way neglect my cactus. I water it once every two and a half weeks, however the huge problem I have is, the location of my cactus doesn't get nearly enough sunlight. Rather than being round and button-like its tall and appears columnar. I live in a townhouse that has an apartment building right across the street, blocking most daylight. The cactus only gets about 1-2 hours of natural sunlight a day. This will probably make me look like a complete fool, but I have had it under a 40 watt lightbulb, which I'm sure does nothing at all, but it's all I can provide especially since I live up North where it is cold most of the time. And just recently, alot of the peyote has become wrinkled and pale green. I want to do anything to save my cactus and any help would be greatly appreciated I'll be checking back regularly. Here's a picture of the poor thing.



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Re: Peyote In Distress!!! [Re: Screwjack]
    #3216962 - 10/05/04 03:06 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

i cant think clearly enought to answer much of your q's but 40w bulb doesnt realyl say much, although many people only go by watts. spectrum is everything, intensity is secondary imo. flouros come in all parts of the uv-visible spectrum so 40 watts could potentialy be really good light. if one doesnt want to read into lighting much, just get a double 2' flour with a red and a blue bulb (warm/cool white or bathroom tpye, and daylight for blues). should be great for all basic cheap setups.


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Re: Peyote In Distress!!! [Re: Screwjack]
    #3217074 - 10/05/04 04:10 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

try how high you can get it to grow in that shape. it would be awesome to own a 2ft tall peyote :grin:


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Re: Peyote In Distress!!! [Re: Screwjack]
    #3217181 - 10/05/04 05:43 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Never seen anything like that before! You'll never get it back to it's natural shape, maybe just beef it up a bit.. Keep it going it looks crazy


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Re: Peyote In Distress!!! [Re: Screwjack]
    #3217185 - 10/05/04 05:49 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Try replacing your regular light bulbs with those "swirly" fluorescents that fit into standard light sockets. They put out a lot of light, use minimal electricity, and provide a good spectrum. Thery don't get near as hot as a regular bulb, but they do produce heat, so don't put them too close.


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Re: Peyote In Distress!!! [Re: Screwjack]
    #3217249 - 10/05/04 07:35 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

You might want to try flourescent tubes for your cactus.

I have real good luck with cheap double fixtures $8.00 (Home Depot) and 2 daylight plus tubes in them. The daylight plus bulbs have a light temp of 6500K which simulates growing conditions. Additionally, the flouros tend to not burn them since the lumens are low, but give decent growth.

Hope this helps.


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Re: Peyote In Distress!!! [Re: Screwjack]
    #3217279 - 10/05/04 08:21 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

On an unrelated note, does reddening of baby peyotes indicate excessive light?


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Re: Peyote In Distress!!! [Re: zeta]
    #3217506 - 10/05/04 11:02 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

In some to most cases, yes.


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Re: Peyote In Distress!!! [Re: Screwjack]
    #3218623 - 10/05/04 04:45 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Peyote does turn purple/reddish/brownish when over exposed to sun or grow lights. I had my 2 yr olds under artificial light for the winter and they turned reddish purple. I then moved them to windows for the spring and they never started to grow. It appeared they had been stunted from the burn. I put them in the same windows but behind the window frame wood. This blocked them from direct sunlight. The little Lophs recovered quite well. Once growth continued I noticed they broke out of the outside layer of skin which appeared to be the scab which forms from burns which I've read about. This skin looked like the discolored skin of a snake when shedding it's skin. It's roughly transparent but when broken becomes more opaque. Anyways they continued to grow throughout the summer and are doing well.


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Re: Peyote In Distress!!! [Re: Aelph]
    #3220152 - 10/05/04 10:35 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I was actually thinking of looking into a bulb like that. It's just a shitty desk lamp but it's all i can afford at this time. My biggest concern is the wrinkling and paling of the plant's tissue. I know this isn't because of the lack of light and must have something to do with rot or over-watering. I just today rinsed the roots off (which I was wary of because the cactus is so young) and put it in some new dry soil. Here's hoping ! thanks for all the tips everyone.


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Re: Peyote In Distress!!! [Re: Screwjack]
    #3220194 - 10/05/04 10:43 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

A compact floro (swirly energy saver bulb) will screw right into your lamp fixture socket for $1-9 at your local hardware store or home depot.


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