DISCRIPTION ON THE GRAFTED PEYOTE (LOPHOPHORA WILLIAMSII)
Actually, this is a combination of two cacti – an Eriocereus jusbertii with a Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) cluster grafted on top. The advantage of grafting is the increased growth rate of the otherwise rather slow-growing Lophophora williamsii – a small drawback is the slightly lower production of mescaline, but the increased growth rate makes up for it.
With proper care you will see several new knobs growing on the sides and top. When flowering, this plant produces beautiful pink flowers. If the cluster of knobs grows too big, you can remove some of the smaller ones and make them root in a separate pot.
For psychonauts, the most interesting part is the alkaloid Mescaline in the tissue of this cactus. Native North Americans have used peyote for spiritual purposes for at least 5,500 years.
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Grafting Lophophora offers several benefits, such as increasing the rate of growth and overall health of the plant. As a slow-growing plant, it can take many years for it to reach maturity. A faster-growing cactus species, such as the Trichocereus pachanoi (San Pedro cactus) is a prime selection for grafting. Using this plant as rootstock will significantly increase the growth rate of a peyote. In the case of species that are normally single stemmed, such as Lophophora williamsii v. cardona, grafting can encourage the production of offsets. This is beneficial for commercial growers and hobbyists alike.