Lophophora Williamsii Cactus Care
Peyote like light and warm environment. In its natural habitat it grows under direct sun, or under a bush or near other cactus. Peyote also likes company, so it is usually found in clusters. Indoor, a southern facing window is great, and it can do very well under a lamp.
A limestone stone is necessary with a ph little basic, good drainage and aeration is a must. You can use those ingredients to make a good soil: sharp sand, limestone gravel, belonite clay, perlite and thin ground.
Watering is really important for your peyote, and the most common mistake is to overwater them. Therefore, in that case, less is more. Wait that your soil is totally dry before you give them water. The best way to check your soil is to put a toothstick inside, if the stick is not humid when you put it out of the soil, then you can water your cactus.
You have to adapt what is in your soil according to your climate, humidity, air… Always check how your lophophora adapt to any change, if it doesn’t like it you will notice soon that its shape will change. So be careful and act before it is too late.
Cacti are used to dry conditions and therefore should never be given too much
water. The best time to water the Peyote cactus is in spring, and you can keep
watering them until autumn. When it is really hot, you should water them more
often, but always check and be sure that the soil is dry in between 2 waterings.
In winter you shouldn’t water your peyote much, especially if you keep your cactus outdoor, because
the cold combined with the water can damage the Peyote. Only give a little water
in the winter to prevent the cactus from completely drying out.
Peyote cacti are growing actively in the period from spring to fall. In this period
they need the most water and nutrients. For nutrients use special cactus nutrients
and always be very careful no give them too much. Good cactus nutrition is
always low in nitrogen and high in potassium and Phosphor. These are indicated
by numbers at the label of the bottle in a NPK value. A good NPK value for cacti
would be 4-7-7 or even 2-7-7.
A good way to water the Peyote is to “bottom” water. Just put them in the sink
with a small amount of water for a few minutes. The “bottom” watering method
will assure strong roots because the roots have to reach out for the water.
Although this is a good way to water them, it’s also possible to occasionally water
them from above.