San Pedro Cactus

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San Pedro Cactus (Echinopsis pachanoi)

Large matured plants!

The San Pedro also known as Trichocerous Pachanoi is a fast-growing columnar cactus native to the Andes Mountains at 2,000–3,000m in altitude. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. The same family of Cactaceae, it requires less attention and yet is a very unique and pleasant looking plant.

Suitable for growing both indoors or the outdoors with low maintenance making this plant the perfect gift for someone who does not have lots of space or time. A minimalist friend would truly appreciate San Pedro!

The San Pedro cactus is a fast-growing, multi-stemmed plant or small tree growing to measure approximately 2m wide and up to 6m tall.

The plant can be toxic to dogs and cats if ingested in large amounts.

In New Zealand, cacti such as the San Pedro may be cultivated for ornamental purposes but not for processing and ingesting the Mescaline which is a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975. That means you could be imprisoned for up to six months for possession and up to life for supply. ExoticaNZ accepts no responsibility for any illegal activity the customer engages in after taking possession of this plant.

Plant Care

  • Soil: Prefers a free-draining cactus mix, ideally sandy or gravelly for good aeration and drainage.
  • Watering: Water sparingly—only when the soil is completely dry, and even less frequently during the winter.
  • Temperature: Tolerates a temperature range from about 10°C to 30°C. Protect from frost.
  • Light: Requires full sun to partial shade; too much direct sunlight can cause sunburn, while too little can lead to stretching.
    Fertilising: Use a low-nitrogen, high-potassium cactus fertilizer, like a 5-10-10 ratio, during the growing season, every 4-6 weeks.
  • Pruning: Generally requires little pruning, but may need occasional trimming to remove damaged parts or control size.
  • Mulching: Not necessary, but a light gravel mulch can help the soil surface stay clean and reduce evaporation.
  • Pest Control: Monitor for common pests such as scale and mealybugs. Treat with insecticidal soap or neem oil if necessary.
  • Flowering: Produces large, fragrant white flowers that bloom at night during the summer months.
    Potting: Suitable for container growing. Choose a container with excellent drainage and a depth to accommodate the root system.
    Feeding Regime: Minimal feeding; over-fertilization can lead to excessive growth at the expense of flowering.

We ship our plants and garden supplies throughout New Zealand. Due to the increased costs of shipping and packaging, we now apply a minimal delivery charge. After offering free shipping for three consecutive years, we find it necessary to adjust this policy to align with current market conditions. However, we have lowered our prices to help offset this change.

Please note, we do not ship plants or garden supplies internationally from New Zealand. We do export plants and tissue culture materials from our overseas nursery, which requires a minimum order. Please contact us at to discuss your specific requirements.

Shipping (per plant)
Auckland & Northland: $20
Rest of North Island: $25
South Island: $35
Rural Address: Additional $5

Shipping Garden Supplies
Auckland & Northland: $10
Rest of North Island: $15
South Island: $20
Rural Address: Additional $5


  • Our plants are available for shipment throughout the year, depending on stock levels. Typical delivery times range from 5 to 7 business days, although they can take up to 10 business days depending on the destination.
  • We take extra care in packaging; most of our plants are secured in bespoke inserts and shipped in individual boxes to ensure they arrive undamaged.
  • Deliveries are scheduled once a week, typically on Monday. If you place your order over the weekend, we aim to dispatch your plants on the following Monday. This scheduling allows our team to prepare your order thoroughly and ensures the courier has sufficient time to deliver your plants safely, avoiding any unnecessary delays over the weekend.
  • All orders are shipped via courier track and trace service (not signature required)
  • We cannot deliver to PO Box addresses.
  • If you have a rural address, please contact us beforehand to discuss the best delivery options and avoid any potential issues.

Additional Delivery Information

  • We dispatch our plants year-round, as most are shipped with soil. During the winter months, we closely monitor weather conditions and may temporarily delay shipments if the weather is particularly severe. Our packing process includes adding insulation when necessary to protect the plants against temperature extremes.
  • In summer, we ensure that plants are thoroughly watered before they leave our nursery. Occasionally, we may need to ship plants bare-rooted, particularly when they cannot be comfortably re-potted into smaller packaging for shipping. We will always discuss this with you in advance if your plant needs to be shipped in this manner.
  • It's important to note that shipping can be a stressful experience for plants, often due to spending several days in a dark, confined space. While most plants withstand this with little to no stress, some may experience leaf drop. However, they generally recover quickly with some additional care, including proper watering and gradual reintroduction to light after arrival.

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San Pedro Cactus

Customer Reviews

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Daisy Taylor
San Pedro Cactus

Great plant, arrived well packaged.

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