Opuntia species at Montjuic, Barcelona (Spain, January 2020)

15/01/20 – Wintering in the Montjuic Cactus Park…

Hi everyone,

This week we took a visiting friend to the incredible Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera, at Montjuic, Barcelona. As those of you who’ve been following our blog likely already know, this cactus park is one of our favourite places in the world, as well as being one of the best in Europe!

Even though it’s currently winter here in Spain, it’s been fairly warm and sunny up until the past few days, hence we thought we’d chance a brief visit to see how the various cactus species were handling the relatively mild winter of this locale… Unfortunately (proving one should always check ahead), we arrived at the park only to discover it closed for essential improvements – apparently mainly to the paving of the various paths.

If you’re living locally or are planning a visit to the area, the Montjuic cactus park is closed until the end of January (2020), but is an easy and pleasant stroll from – for example – either Poble Sec or Plaça Espanya stations, featuring a shed-load of possible shortcuts! While not all of the plants are clearly labelled (presumably due to vandalism, theft, etc.), we’ve spotted several of our favourite cactus species during our many visits to this park, including (we believe) Trichocereus bridgesii, Trichocereus pachanoi, Trichocereus spachianus, Trichocereus macrogonus, Trichocereus terscheckii and (amazingly) Trichocereus validus.

Anyway, here’s a few quick photographs (including of a lovely Elaeagnus angustifolia, the ‘Russian Olive’) which we grabbed through the fence on our abortive visit to the Montjuic cactus park. We can’t wait for it to reopen in February so we can get a proper look at how all of the plants are doing!

All the best,
Arkham’s

Trichocereus cactus species at Montjuic, Barcelona
Opuntia cactus species at Montjuic, Barcelona
Elaeagnus angustifolia (‘Russian Olive’) at Montjuic, Barcelona
Elaeagnus angustifolia (‘Russian Olive’) at Montjuic, Barcelona
Elaeagnus angustifolia (‘Russian Olive’) at Montjuic, Barcelona
Elaeagnus angustifolia (‘Russian Olive’) at Montjuic, Barcelona

01/01/20 – Happy New Year – January Sale starts now!

Hi everyone,

😀 Happy New Year to all our customers and other friends! Hopefully, you’ve all been enjoying a well-earned festive break and are out celebrating the turn of the decade as we write this post…


Our January sale is now on!

Our annual January sale is now on, so we thought this time we’d offer a stonking FIFTEEN PERCENT off EVERYTHING which is currently available in our shop (except existing Bundle offers). A great chance to grab a horticultural bargain, should you be so inclined! This site-wide special offer ends at midnight (GMT) on the 15 January, so order now if you want to save a few quid on our wide selection of botanical products…

Plus, bag a further discount dependent on payment method:

  • Extra 5% off for UK bank transfer (direct payment)
  • Extra 2.5% off for Pound sterling cash or cheque
  • Spend £100 or more (not including shipping) and we’ll also throw in a special bonus, worth at least £10!

Sale promotion aside, we’d like to take this opportunity to say a big 🙂 THANK YOU 🙂 to all who’ve supported us over the past year – we wish you and yours nothing but good things for the coming year (it’s 2020 already!) – and beyond!

All the best,
Arkham’s Botanical


Latest Shop Additions/Re-stocked

Botanicals: Nymphaea caerulea | Verbascum thapsus

Seeds: Acacia acuminata ‘Narrow Phyllodes’ | Agave americana | Aloe Lucky Dip (Mixed Hybrids) | Aloe Lucky Dip (Mixed Species) | Psychotria viridis ‘Ecuador’


Pictures from our Grow Room

As promised in our most recent post, here’s a few quick pictures of some seedlings we started last month, all (except the Salvia) grown from the seed which we currently list in the shop.

Acacia confusa, or ‘Formosan Koa’.
Acacia obtusifolia, the ‘Blunt Leaf Wattle’.
The wonderful ‘Prairie Bundleflower’, Desmanthus leptolobus.
Recently rooted Salvia divinorum cuttings!
Bonus Acacia obtusifolia shot – featuring the gorgeous Calipso!
'Chacruna'; Psychotria viridis

23/12/19 – Festive Updates & New Stock…

Hi all,

Before we go any further, 🙂 Season’s greetings to you and yours (presuming you celebrate Christmas in some form)! We’re now away until Tuesday, 7 January, so any orders made up until then will ship on Wednesday, 8 January.

So, please accept our 🙁 abject apologies for the recent lack of activity on the website (not to mention our extremely tardy email responses)… Excuses include – but are certainly not limited to! – serious family and staff health issues, Brexit uncertainty and a storm rendering our Internet accessibility null for over one week…

Anyway, thanks for bearing with us during this unexpectedly trying time; we’ll respond to all hitherto unanswered emails as soon as possible, so please don’t be concerned if you’ve yet to receive a reply to your query – all orders are being sent out as we receive payment, we’re just embarrassingly behind on our communication!

Besides wading through our email backlog, we’re slowly coaxing our lovely Salvia divinorum mothers into producing more cuttings (despite our rather cold growing space), so expect to be able to offer substantial quantities of those once more by the summer of 2020. Subscribe to our email list to be the first to know once they’re back in stock – as well as all of our other news and special offers!

We’ve also been experimenting with the germination of Acacia acuminata, Acacia confusa, Acacia obtusifolia, Anadenanthera colubrina, Anadenanthera peregrina and Desmanthus leptolobus under relatively cold (yet still indoor) conditions in Spain. They’re all doing quite well so far, so please wish us luck, as we’re hoping to be able to upload some pictures of the young plants as they mature over the coming months. It’s so wonderful to watch the first true leaves/phyllodes appear from the tiny seedlings!

In other news, we’re happy to announce that European customers are once again able to make direct bank transfers in Euros to our UK (Sterling) account, without the extra fee we’ve been forced to levy for the past couple of months! Essentially, we’re able to accept BACS/CHAPS/SEPA/TARGET2 bank transfers in Euros and British Pounds. Please refer to our Payment Options page for a full overview.

Other than that, we hope none of you have been unduly inconvenienced by our website’s sudden popularity – we’ve noticed the occasional ‘520’ webpage access error recently when checking the site, which generally occurs due to a lot of people using the resources at once. We’re already on the highest-tier which our webhost offers, so it looks like we’ll be tweaking some of the features and other technical stuff a little over the coming months – hopefully not so much that you actually notice, but we thought it fair to warn you! If you see the ‘520’ (or any other) error while browsing the website, please try refreshing the page in the first instance, as this is usually the quickest way to actually view the page. Should you come across any persistent issues, please let us know via email so that we can get them sorted ASAP!

Before we go, don’t forget to browse our extensive range of bundles, other items currently on sale and our Last in Stock pages too, if you’ve an eye for a bargain! 😉 January seems like a good time to run another site-wide sale too…

All the best,
Arkham’s Botanical


Latest Shop Additions/Re-stocked

Botanicals: Artemisia absinthium | Ilex paraguariensis | Mimosa hostilis (Brazilian ‘C’) | Valeriana officinalis

Bundles: Trichocereus bridgesii f. monstruosa inermis ‘Clone A’ Bundle | Trichocereus Species & Hybrids Ultra-mega Seed Bundle B

Live plants: Pereskiopsis spathulata rooted cuttings | Trichocereus bridgesii | Trichocereus pachanoi | Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Uon’

Seeds: Acacia acuminata ‘Broad Phyllodes’ | Acacia acuminata ‘Small Seed’ | Acacia confusa | Desmanthus leptolobus | Desmanthus illinoensis | Ipomoea tricolor ‘Blue Star’ | Ipomoea tricolor | Ipomoea tricolor ‘Flying Saucers’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Afghan Reselected’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Black Swan’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Izmir’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Lilac Pompom’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Long Pod’ | Papaver soniferum ‘Morpoppy Mix’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Pepperbox’ | Passiflora mollissima | Phalaris brachystachys | Sida acuta | Trichocereus pachanoi | Trichocereus pallarensis x Trichocereus pachanoi ‘OST90641’

Sundries: Indole-3-acetic Acid Powder 99% (‘IAA’) | 1-Naphthaleneacetic Acid Powder 98% (‘NAA’) | Perlite | Silica (Medium coarse sand) | Vermiculite (Medium grade)

Salvia divinorum growing in a mini-greenhouse

08/11/19 – Photos from our Grow Room & New Stock…

Greetings everyone!

We’re still going through the (rather stressful) process of sourcing suitable new payment options, as well as some ongoing family health issues, so please forgive us if we’ve been slow to respond to recent emails. All orders are still being sent out as they come in, we’re just somewhat behind on the email front – we promise we’ll have caught up by the end of this coming weekend!

Since our last post here we’ve got some cool new stock in, plus a few re-stocked items too. Scroll further down this page to see all of the live plants, seeds and sundries which we’ve recently introduced / reintroduced to our inventory – we hope you’ll approve…

🙂 We’d also take this opportunity to respectfully suggest considering the cultivation of the following, if you’re not already doing so. We’ve recently been gifted a few young specimens by our grower – raised from the seed we sell – including some lovely plants such as: Acacia acuminata, Acacia burkitti, Acacia confusa, Acacia maidenii and Acacia simplex (also known as Acacia simplicifolia). Photographs of these and more of our current experiments are posted below!

As always, 🙂 we thank you for your continued support! Please direct any suggestions, queries or concerns to us via email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we’re able.

All the best,
Arkham’s Botanical


Latest Shop Additions/Re-stocked

Live plants: Maihueniopsis subterranea ‘Incahuasi’ (syn. Puna incahuasii) | Psychotria viridis |Trichocereus bridgesii | Trichocereus cordobensis ‘Helon’ x Trichocereus scopulicola ‘MSS’ | Trichocereus huarazensis | Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Maze’ | Trichocereus pachanoi f. monstrosa

Seeds: Acacia obtusifolia | Lophophora williamsii ‘Estancia Catorce’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Mazapil’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Paila’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Puerto Sigala’| Trichocereus pachanoi x (Trichocereus ‘SS02’ x Trichocereus ‘SS01’) | (Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Fields’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Psycho0’) x Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Monassa Blue’

Sundries: Indole-3-butyric acid (‘IBA’) 99% powdered plant hormone


Latest Pictures from Our Grow Room

Trichocereus species gifted from village in Lleida, Spain
Trichocereus species gifted from village in Lleida, Spain
Psychotria viridis acclimatising to household climate
Psychotria viridis acclimatising to household climate in Spain
Psychotria viridis ('Chacruna') acclimatised to European room temperature & humidity
Psychotria viridis acclimatised to Spanish room temperature & humidity
Two Lophophora williamsii varieties side-by-side
Two Lophophora williamsii varieties side-by-side
Several (very young) Acacia species
Several (very young) Acacia species
Lophophora williamsii displaying monstrose growth subsequent to mechanical damage
Lophophora williamsii displaying monstrose growth subsequent to mechanical damage
Phalaris aquatica 'AQ1' wintering in Spain
Phalaris aquatica ‘AQ1’ wintering in Spain
Salvia divinorum growing in a mini-greenhouse
Salvia divinorum growing in a mini-greenhouse
Approximately eighty(!) different Trichocereus (Echinopsis) hybrids & named clones
Approximately eighty(!) different Trichocereus (Echinopsis) hybrids & named clones
Psychotria viridis 'UDV'
Psychotria viridis ‘UDV’
Trichocereus bridgesii monstrose ‘Short-spine’
Plectranthus scutellarioides growing in Spain
Plectranthus scutellarioides growing in Spain
Trichocereus scopulicola from above
New vegetative growth from base of slug-damaged Salvia divinorum plant
New vegetative growth from base of slug-damaged Salvia divinorum plant

17/10/19 – Some photos from our grow room…

Hey everyone!

We thought it was high time we posted a few more pictures from our grow room, purely for the plant pervs among you (hopefully, anybody reading this)!

It’s particularly interesting to us to see the apparently monstrose-type growth on a few of our Lophophora williamsii (‘Peyote’), induced by mechanical damage to the plants. We’re not sure if they will grow in this fashion forever, but we’re keen to watch their progress, whatever path it may follow! We’ve included a (sadly lower-quality) photo of one of these cacti further down the page, but will probably post some better pictures soon too.

We’re also pretty chuffed to have in our possession a young Psychotria viridis ‘UDV’ (also pictured lower down this page), as well as five larger plants of the ‘standard’ species variety (not pictured). And that’s before we mention our rather precious Phyllodium pulchellum seedlings; the seed might be quite hard to get going, but perseverance pays off eventually…

That’s enough for now anyway, so we hope you like the photographs and that they inspire you to try growing something new for your own collection!

All the best,
Arkham’s Botanical

BONUS IMAGE: One of our Lophophora williamsii growing happily in Spain!
Some of our Trichocereus bridgesii cuttings slowly striking roots in our grow room.
Trichocereus pachanoi & Trichocereus peruvianus cuttings rooting
Some Trichocereus macrogonus (can you spot them?) and Trichocereus pachanoi cuttings, rooting.
The rarely encountered (and so far not incredibly viable) Phyllodium pulchellum.
New growth on Trichocereus bridgesii 'Long Spine' form
New growth on Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Long Spine’ form.
Psychotria viridis 'UDV' growing in Spain
Psychotria viridis ‘UDV’ growing in Spain
Lophophora williamsii exhibiting monstrose-type growth after mechanical damage
Lophophora williamsii exhibiting monstrose-type growth after mechanical damage.
Trichocereus macrogonus
Trichocereus macrogonus growing in Spain.
Calea zacatachichi 'Bitter'
Calea zacatachichi ‘Bitter’.
Gazania flowers

10/10/19 – Latest in our shop & site updates…

Hi all!

Here’s a quick update on what’s been going on recently at Arkham’s HQ…

First up, we’d like to say a BIG thank you to everyone for your supportive emails in the run up to our recent cancellation of our credit card processing contract, since the processor declared Lophophora and Trichocereus cacti and their seeds to equate to illegal drugs! We’ll post more about that at some point soon…

🙂 Onward and upward anyway, as we’re in the progress of reviewing and comparing the various available payment methods, so more on those as we get them implemented on the site.

Unfortunately, we’ve not had a lot of time these past few weeks to write any new content for the website, but we have at least managed to source some new stock, which is listed below. We appreciate your patience while we get through the latest regulatory silliness and promise ‘normal’ service shall resume shortly!

All the best,
Arkham’s Botanical


Latest Additions to Our Shop

Bundles: Lophophora williamsii Varieties Mega Bundle 2 | Papaver somniferum Seed Mega Bundle A | Trichocereus Species & Hybrids Ultra-mega Seed Bundle A

Seeds: Lophophora williamsii ‘Estancia Catorce’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Mazapil’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Paila’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Puerto Sigala’| (Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Fields’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Psycho0’) x Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Monassa Blue’ | Trichocereus scopulicola x Trichocereus terscheckii ‘Dawson’s Short Spine’ | (Trichocereus ‘Super Pedro’ x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Psycho0 #4’) x Trichocereus ‘J2’

Arkham's Botanical promotional stickers

01/10/19 – A Quick Sale & Site Update…

Hi all,

You may recall that we recently announced we’d temporarily stop accepting credit and debit cards through our current provider, only to unexpectedly reinstate this payment option for a few more weeks… Well (at the risk of sounding repetitive); we will definitely stop accepting cards (for a while) from Monday, 7 October!

Consequently, we thought it was only fair to offer you another site-wide discount until then: 10% off all seeds and botanicals; 5% off all plants! This special offer ends at midnight (GMT) on Monday, 7 October. You can also pay via UK bank transfer (BACS) for a further 5% discount on the total cost of your order (all year-round, not just for the duration of the sale)!

Don’t worry if you prefer to pay using plastic, however, as we’re in the process of considering our numerous available options. However, it will likely take us a few more weeks to find and get set up with one which we find fit for purpose.

In the meantime, we’re gradually testing and introducing new alternative payment methods, including no-fee EU SEPA-system bank transfer (already available), Bitcoin (coming very soon), other cryptocurrencies and more.

Please also note we’ll be away between 2-8 October, so any orders made during that period will ship by close of business on 9 October.

😉 We thank you for your continued support…

All the best,
Arkham’s Botanical


RECENTLY ADDED TO OUR SHOP

BUNDLES: Mutant Trichocereus Cacti: ‘Crested San Pedro’ & ‘Penis Cactus’ | Papaver somniferum Seed Mega Bundle A | Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Uon’ Triple-bundle

LIVE PLANTS: Stetsonia coryne | Trichocereus terscheckii ‘Domka’

SEEDS: Calendula officinalis | Dendromecon rigida | Lophophora williamsii ‘El Oso’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Huizache’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Reynosa’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘San Tiburcio’ | Oenothera biennis | Papaver somniferum ‘China Pink’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Kykeon White’ | (Trichocereus ‘Los Banos’ x T. pallarensis) x T. bridgesii ‘Short Spine’ | Trichocereus candicans subsp. pseudocandicans ‘Chilecito’

SUNDRIES: Cactus Pen | Flat-tipped Metal Tweezers

Papaver somniferum var. paeoniflorium 'Paeony Purple'

26/09/19 – New in our shop…

Hi everyone,

Well, we’re still in the process of sorting out a replacement credit and debit card processor once we phase out our current provider at midnight, October 7th. Order before then if you want to avoid any delay paying with cards while we get that sorted!

As always, we’ve some wonderful new products in our shop since our last post, so take a look through those if you’re keen to continue sowing into the autumn… We’ll also have some absolutely incredible new species in soon, so keep an eye on the mailing list and our website for more details on those!

While we’ve fallen a bit behind recently on the info guides front, we did manage to publish our List of Phalaris Clones: Phalaris aquatica, should you be interested in the species.

Finally, we found this excellent species (pictured) while out walking the other day – in Arkham’s colours, no less! Does anybody reading this know what it is?

All the best,

Arkham’s Botanical


New in Our Shop

Bundles: Trichocereus pachanoi ‘Uon’ Triple-bundle

Live plants: Trichocereus terscheckii ‘Domka’ | Mutant Trichocereus Cacti Bundle 1: ‘Crested San Pedro’ & ‘Penis Cactus’

Seeds: Calendula officinalis | Dendromecon rigida | Lophophora williamsii ‘Reynosa’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘San Tiburcio’ | Oenothera biennis | Papaver somniferum ‘China Pink’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Kykeon White’ | Stetsonia coryne | (Trichocereus ‘Los Banos’ x Trichocereus pallarensis) x Trichocereus bridgesii ‘Short Spine’ | Trichocereus candicans subsp. pseudocandicans ‘Chilecito’

Sundries: Cactus Pen | Flat-tipped Metal Tweezers

Sambucus nigra | 'Elderberry'

06/09/19 – Latest stock in our shop…

Hey everyone,

Well, we can’t believe it’s September already – it would appear that we’re living in the future already!

Thanks a lot and maximum respect to everybody who helped make our first birthday sale so much fun! We hope you like your purchases (and the bonuses too)… Also, apologies to anybody who emailed us and received a slow response; please understand it’s been a particularly busy week due to the sale – as well as receiving all our new cactus stock!

Since our last blog post here, we’ve added a few interesting new items to our latest stock, so our range now numbers well over five hundred listings and counting! We hope there’s something here to interest you, as we genuinely love spreading the species we sell around the globe, not to mention all of the amazing new friends we’re meeting along the way! In summary: if you keep sowing, we’ll keep sourcing.

🙂 More soon,

Arkham’s


Recently Added to Our Shop

Bundles: Phalaris seeds

Live Plants: Anadenanthera peregrina | Lophophora williamsii ‘Cuatrocienegas’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Pluricostata’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Texana’ | Stetsonia coryne | Trichocereus bridgesii f. monstruosa cristata inermis | Trichocereus bridgesii forma monstruosa inermis ‘Clone A’

Seeds: Brassica rapa var. niposinica ‘Mizuna’ | Calendula officinalis | Isatis tinctoria | Melissa officinalis | Papaver somniferum ‘Album’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Paeony Scarlet’ | Psychotria carthagenensis (syn. Psychotria alba) | Sambucus nigra | Trichocereus andalgalensis ‘JL4342’ | Trichocereus bertramianus ‘Cactus Bolivia’

Arkham's Botanical promotional stickers

23/08/19 – Birthday Mega-sale & New Stock!

Hello everyone,

😀 Today we’re extremely excited (and more than a little proud) to be celebrating the first birthday of this website (we can’t believe it either)! Moreover, our happy anniversary also falls almost perfectly in line with our hitting a massive five hundred listings in our shop, so what better way to celebrate than with a week-long sale?

Arkham's Botanical First Birthday / 500 Listings Sale

Our birthday sale has already started, so you can now get a 15% discount off everything in the shop, all week (until midnight on the 31 August). 🙂 We’re also giving away a bonus with every order too! Furthermore, if you choose to spend £100-249, you’ll receive a mega bonus – should you splash out £250 or more, you’ll be the lucky recipient of our incredible ultra-bonus…

Other than the obligatory sales blurb, we’d also like to sincerely thank everybody who’s supported us on our journey so far, whether by becoming an occasional or regular customer, spreading the word around the Interweb and/or Meatspace, offering advice or generally being wonderful! THANK YOU!

Before we sign off, we’ve also written a short overview of how we prepare our Trichocereus cactus stem (midsection) cuts and a list of recommended cactus-growing accessories, if you’re interested. Plus we have new stickers too!

All the best,

Arkham’s Botanical


Recently Added to Our Shop

BOTANICALS: Valeriana officinalis dried root

LIVE PLANTS: Lophophora williamsii B STOCK | Trichocereus atacamensis subsp. pasacana | Trichocereus peruvianus | Trichocereus peruvianus ‘Matacuna’ | Trichocereus scopulicola

SEEDS: Aloe Lucky Dip (Mixed Hybrids) | Brassica rapa subsp. japonica ‘Mibuna’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Sandia El Grande’ | Mimosa pudica | Papaver somniferum ‘Lilac Single’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Oase’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Planete Rouge du Jura’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Paeony Pink’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Paeony Purple’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Sissinghurst White’ | Papaver somniferum ‘White Cloud’ | Trichocereus andalgalensis ‘Guanchin’ | Trichocereus candicans ‘GM 1682’ | Trichocereus candicans ‘San José de Jáchal’ | Trichocereus schickendantzii ‘Tucuman’