Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

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Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#1  Postby Viegener » Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:45 pm

I was watching this & am surprised at the outcome, $200 for a 5" (12.5cm) blue cactus. Pilosocereus magnificus appears to be the one everyone wants, including me. The Huntington's ISI "introduced" this plant in 2015, but seemed to be immediately sold out.
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Re: Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#2  Postby Viegener » Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:47 pm

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Post Number:#3  Postby mcvansoest » Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:58 pm

I managed to get one from the ISI release, but it is one of the few plants I lost last winter. Something next to it fell over and knocked it off the bench and it got damaged. It developed rot in that damage spots and despite beheading it I could not safe it.
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Re: Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#4  Postby Geoff » Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:53 pm

that doesn't even look like magnificus... which is indeed a spectacular plant... but I think that looks more like the average pachycladus
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Re: Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#5  Postby Spination » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:06 am

http://cactiguide.com/cactus/?genus=pil ... magnificus

Geoff, definitely some range of appearance from the HBG photos shown on the linked site, which look similar to the plant offered, to your photos of that spectacular blue, incredible otherworldly looking plants.
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Re: Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#6  Postby Stone Jaguar » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:35 pm

Koehres has (presumably) wild-origin source seed for both this species and fulvilanatus available on thier website. My somewhat limited experience with Brazilian pilos is that you can get a nice, 20-25 cm tall plant in less than two years from seed under glass. Not sure I could see springing more than 20 bucks for a seedling of any of them, even true magnificus or purpureus. Wonderful tentpoles, for sure.

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Re: Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#7  Postby Viegener » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:17 pm

Does anyone know of a reliable source of P. magnificus seeds? Mostly I find seeds too slow, but I'm tired of waiting to find a plant at anything approaching a reasonable size.
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Re: Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#8  Postby Stone Jaguar » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:50 pm

Hi, Vieg.

I'd say Koehres is the most reliable succulent seed seller that there is.

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Re: Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#9  Postby mcvansoest » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:30 am

I just ordered some from Koehres. Aside from an extra step in the payment process it was really smooth.
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Re: Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#10  Postby Stone Jaguar » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:12 am

FWIW, I rarely provide a full-throated endorsement of anyone, but have dealt with KK for well over a decade - only very rare and extremely hard-to-find things - and have never been delivered anything but the real deal with excellent viability (I am now more convinced than ever that the small percentage of "striata" seed mixed in with everyone's albopilosa seed batches in the early part of this decade was introgressed hybrid seed, not intentionally adulterated).

Was a huge fan of Mesa's seedling list but - and I know this will surprise some people here - never got a single viable yucca or furcraea seed from them in three tries over the years.

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Re: Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#11  Postby Steph115 » Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:42 pm

Hmm interesting. I have a couple pachycladus seedlings growing right now. Just googled magníficus for the first time. Could be in my head, but I think I can see the beginnings of that "faceting" in the picture of the seedling above that seems to be a defining characteristic of magnificus, at least in the pictures I've looked at. Gorgeous cactus.
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Re: Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#12  Postby Minime8484 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:07 pm

mcvansoest wrote:I managed to get one from the ISI release, but it is one of the few plants I lost last winter. Something next to it fell over and knocked it off the bench and it got damaged. It developed rot in that damage spots and despite beheading it I could not safe it.


I managed one from ISI too before they sold out, but like yours, lost it to rot that I couldn't save. Luckily I managed to get one from Mesa Garden before they shut down their plant sales for the year; not very big (seedling about 4 1/2" tall), but faster than seed!

I would keep an eye out for MG plant orders to open up as your best bet other than seed.
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Re: Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#13  Postby mcvansoest » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:22 pm

Minime8484 wrote:
mcvansoest wrote:I managed to get one from the ISI release, but it is one of the few plants I lost last winter. Something next to it fell over and knocked it off the bench and it got damaged. It developed rot in that damage spots and despite beheading it I could not safe it.


I managed one from ISI too before they sold out, but like yours, lost it to rot that I couldn't save. Luckily I managed to get one from Mesa Garden before they shut down their plant sales for the year; not very big (seedling about 4 1/2" tall), but faster than seed!

I would keep an eye out for MG plant orders to open up as your best bet other than seed.


Will do. I gave the ISI release a miss this year as there was not that much I really wanted and I also must say that for me the plants always have a little bit of trouble acclimatizing, I must not be providing the right amount of care or conditions, most eventually 'turn on', but often it takes up to a couple of years of sitting around doing nothing and in that period there are always one or two that croak.

I keep my eye out for Pilosocerei type cacti at the big box stores - I have noticed that often they are center pieces of these cactus 'baskets' they sell - 3-6 or so cactus stuck together with glued in gravel, mostly the Pilosocerei in those are the more commonly available but I have seen the occasional outlier in that it looks decidedly different from the usual fare.
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Re: Big bucks for Pilosocereus magnificus on eBay

Post Number:#14  Postby Viegener » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:12 am

Steph115, what do you mean by "faceting" in the P. magnificus?
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