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Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot
    #557886 - 02/20/02 11:01 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Can anyone help with enumerating the identifying characteristics of trichocerous pachanoi? I've been looking at the local home depot but cant seem to get a positive id.

I've looked at a bunch of pictures but don't really have any idea how to evaluate whether a specific specimen meets the taxonomical criteria....or in other words....what should I look for?


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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: oOjonahOo]
    #557926 - 02/20/02 11:54 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

how are you a mod if you cant id a simple pedro?


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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: felixhigh]
    #557937 - 02/21/02 12:11 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Mods don't necessarily know how to cultivate anything....

There job title only includes keeping flamers and dangerous posts in check.


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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: jonnyshaggs420]
    #558337 - 02/21/02 11:13 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

oh... i thought mods and admins were the most knowledgeful persons around here.... now i see it's not a rule.
man, i'm not a pedro expert but i'm pretty sure i'll recognize one as soon as i see it.
my best hint is you to study not only pedro's look but the look-alikes also, like cereus spp, myrtillocactus geometrizans for you to know what not to get and upon close examination the differences among them become clear. i have a pic of a myrtillo on an old post on this forum you might like to see. trichs have spines much closer than myrtillo and rounded ribs unlike myrtillo's 'sqare' ribs and cereus thin ribs... good luck!


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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: oOjonahOo]
    #558380 - 02/21/02 11:53 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

I was just at my local Home Depot yesterday. After studying pics on Eurowid, I looked, but didn't see any. I went to Target and bought the only two they had.

Eurowid's pics were very helpful in spotting them. Target also had inserts on the pots positively identifying them as t. pachanoi. Interestingly the sticker said the common name was "candle cactus" so you may want to look for that name in addition to "san pedro".

I can't really describe the green color. You'll have to look for yourself. The spines are rather short on small specimens, growing in clumps on the ridges. The cactus can have any number of ridges, but usually around 6 or 7.


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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: oOjonahOo]
    #558463 - 02/21/02 01:14 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

2 years ago I used to see Pedros at Home Depot, and Target, and all of the usual type places. I never see them any more. I don't know if it's because the chain stores caught on, people now know what cacti to look for and snap thm up before I get there, or what. In other parts of the US it might still be easy to find them in local stores, but here in the Northeast, they just can't be found any more.


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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: superpimp]
    #558695 - 02/21/02 05:42 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Dude....im not a mod of this forum. Give me a break. I'm a seasoned mushroom cultivator; I'm just getting started with cacti....

but thanks for the help :wink:
Yeah, I think I can recognize the color and general shape, but I was confused about how many spines they should have around the aereoles. anyway, I'll check target.


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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: oOjonahOo]
    #559161 - 02/22/02 01:46 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

I don't think there's a set number of spines, I could be wrong though. I've never actually counted. The dead give away is the rounded ribs and the ~45degree angle at the aereoles.


Never knew target carried them...I've looked before but never seen one...once I thought I saw one at wal-mart, but upon closer inspection I saw that it wasn't. Maybe I'll have to take another look!


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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: jonnyshaggs420]
    #559934 - 02/22/02 06:26 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

yeah so I went to target today and found what I think is one...matches the pictures....

i don't have a digicam, but it seems to be that distinctive green color with less than 1/2 cm spines, red/tan in color, 7 or so on an areole, 7 ribs and the ribs are rounded....i feel pretty confident its one.


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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: superpimp]
    #559950 - 02/22/02 06:37 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

The reason you don't see any more san pedro is your second guess pimp. I have a friend who works for lowes, which is like home depot, and she says that they get like ten in at a time and someone always comes in and buys all 10. She says it is like one of the biggest jokes going around the store so that when the new t-pachs come in everyone watches to see what punk will come in and buy them all. Then they fuck with em buy saying things like "wow, you like cacti huh? Did you know that these can be psychoactive in large quantities?" and watch them get paranoid. Same thing with the people who buy 30 packs of morning glory seeds.


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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: oOjonahOo]
    #560386 - 02/23/02 04:16 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Well a San Pedro is also called Trichocereus Pachanoii.

By just simply asking the manager about the species name you will be helped. San Pedro is common used as a ent cacti! So no suspicion towards the buyer

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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: oOjonahOo]
    #561722 - 02/24/02 06:54 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

dont all cacti at stores have a tag in the soil with the name??????


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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: pleezr]
    #563673 - 02/26/02 12:39 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

target usualy does but i've seen peruvianis mislabled as pachanoi so you never know. the last time i saw on at my local target the clerk made a comment about how they couldn't keep them in stock and he had no idea why they where so popular with the collage crowd. he figured it was because they where low mantnence. they also tended to be verry weak.


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Re: Identifying a San Pedro at local home depot [Re: oOjonahOo]
    #564159 - 02/26/02 10:13 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

i hear there is massive differences in the poteency of san pedro and the peruvian torch. i would assume that the ones you may find at home depot for example are of a weaker variety. any comments?


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