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’

Ocotea quixos | 'Ispinku' | Dried leaves

05/08/19 – Latest stock in our shop…

Hey guys, girls and everyone in between!

There’s lots going on this month (as always), so we’ll try to keep this as a relatively succinct update on the site and shop…

First things first: For tedious logistical reasons, we’ve decided to temporarily suspend selling some of our botanical products, after which they will no longer be available until further notice. These items include several varieties of Banisteriopsis caapi leaves and vine, Banisteriopsis muricata vine, Calea zacatechichi leaf, Diplopterys cabrerana leaf and Psychotria viridis leaf. All were freshly and ethically sourced in spring and summer 2019 and you’ve got until 31 August to save a stonking 20% off of our usual prices! Check the new Clearance section for more details.

Speaking of special offers, we’ve recently updated some of ours, so you can now receive up to 15% discount when you order fifteen of or more packets of any seeds, save 5% on your total order by paying with a UK bank account and save a further 5% when you order one of our pre-order products. Not bad! You can find out more about our current special offers on this page.

We’ve also managed to obtain an extremely limited quantity of Lophophora williamsii ‘Big Bend’ seed (recently exterminated in the wild), which we’re selling at a premium to raise funds for the marvellous Cactus Conservation Institute. The CCI are also one of the two charities which we’re currently supporting via both a monthly donation and by matching our customer’s donations too (click the relevant add-on when adding a product to your basket).

Other than that, we’ve added various guides and other plant-related info to the Cultivation and Info sections, including how to grow chili peppers from cuttings, how to treat cactus scale and how to cultivate Sida cordifolia from seed. We also started a customer photo gallery (submit your pictures!) and published info about our available product add-ons. Finally (for fun), we’ve also put together a list of plant-related movies for adults and another of plant-related films for children.

🙂 All the best,

Arkham’s Botanical


Recently Added to Our Shop

BOTANICALS: Passiflora ‘Catalunya’ dried plant

BUNDLES: Lophophora fricii seed

LIVE PLANTS: Plectranthus scutellarioides (syn. Coleus blumei)

SEEDS: Ipomoea tricolor | Lactuca sativa ‘Deronda’ | Lactuca sativa ‘Green Batavia’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Big Bend’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘La Paloma’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Menchaca’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘San Pablo’ | Lophophora williamsii ‘Texana’ | Papaver somniferum ‘Pepperbox’ | Petroselinum crispum ‘Moss Curled Parsley’ | Salad Leaves ‘Bright & Spicy’ | Trichocereus atacamensis subsp. pasacana ‘AGS’ | Trichocereus atacamensis subsp. pasacana ‘Cactus Bolivia’ | Trichocereus huascha ‘JL4341’ | Trichocereus huascha ‘PG’ | Trichocereus huascha ‘Ruinas del Púcara’

Supporting the Beckley Foundation

22/07/19 – Supporting the Beckley Foundation…

Hi guys,

If you regularly frequent this site then you’ve probably noticed that we’ve recently added a few product add-on checkboxes to each product listing. Currently, these enable you to upgrade your order to include some mystery seed, or a donation to one of our preferred causes.

So, we’re pleased to announce that the first charity with which we’ll be partnering to raise funds is the amazing Beckley Foundation, a UK-based think-tank and UN-accredited NGO which carries out pioneering scientific research in order to further our understanding of consciousness and reveal the mechanisms underlying the medical and cognitive benefits of psychedelics, cannabis and MDMA, driving evidence-based drug policy reform along the way.

While we’ll be making a regular monthly donation toward supporting the Beckley Foundation, it seems like a sensible idea to try raising more too, so we’ll match every £1 donated by Arkham’s customers with another £1! Just tick the relevant box when you add something to your basket and we’ll do the rest.

We hope you’ll agree that anything which can potentially help to relieve human suffering – medically or otherwise – should absolutely be scientifically and vigorously researched, so please consider ticking the relevant checkbox the next time you make an order here. If all our customers made a donation in this way then we’d soon raise some serious funds, supporting the Beckley Foundation! If you’d like to make a larger donation to the foundation, you can do so via the form on their website.

All the best,

Arkham’s Botanical

14/07/19 – Some Opuntia photos from a recent walk…

One thing we really enjoy about visiting (and now living in) Spain is all of the cacti and succulents we come across literally every day. It’s especially impressive when you consider that we’re currently living in a small city while we figure out the best place to set up our land plan!

Recently, we walked for a few hours around the protected area which surrounds part of Sabadell, an hour or so from the centre of Barcelona. While we didn’t think to photograph all of the cool plants we saw, we did stop to take a look at a couple of large Opuntia cacti growing along our way.

Sadly (dependent on your perspective), it’s quite common for such plants to become infested to a lesser or greater degree with bugs such as the cochineal beetle (commercially used to make food colourings), which manifest themselves as clusters of white fluff and leave purple smears if squashed (hence the food colouring).

From what we’ve read so far, these particular beetles aren’t that bad for the plants which unwillingly host them, but we’re not too confident of this ourselves, based purely on the visual appearance of many of the larger infested plants we’ve come across.

Anyway, without any further ado, here’s some Opuntia photos!


Opuntia species infested with cochineal beetles, growing in Spain
Here’s a section of a massive Opuntia stand alongside the main road coming into the city.
Opuntia species infested with cochineal beetles, growing in Spain
As you can see from these pictures, many Opuntia species suffer from infestation by the cochineal beetle.
Opuntia species infested with cochineal beetles, growing in Spain
It looks like this pad’s an absolute goner!
Opuntia species infested with cochineal beetles, growing in Spain
Here you can see a still relatively healthy looking pad, although it does look like the bugs plan to continue their expansion until the whole surface is covered.
Opuntia species infested with cochineal beetles, growing in Spain
Here’s the simplest visual confirmation of the identity of the bugs – squashed cochineal beetles result in this shade of purple. You probably already know this, presuming you’ve come across the commercially available food colourings produced from the species.
Opuntia species infested with cochineal beetles, growing in Spain
This is a much smaller, healthier-looking Opuntia, growing alongside a dried-up river as you leave the city.
Opuntia species infested with cochineal beetles, growing in Spain
You might notice from these Opuntia photos that this plant is also infested with cochineal beetles, although to a much lesser extent than the first . It’s also displaying some nice-looking new growth.
Opuntia species infested with cochineal beetles, growing in Spain
Some young Opuntia pads growing out of a dried up section you’d think was dead if not for the new growth.
Opuntia species infested with cochineal beetles, growing in Spain
We liked this pad in particular!
Opuntia species infested with cochineal beetles, growing in Spain
Now this was a really cool thing to be able to photograph! The vascular system of an Opuntia pad, revealed to the outside world as the skin and fleshy tissue has dried up and been eaten.
Opuntia species infested with cochineal beetles, growing in Spain
A close up of the remaining Opuntia vascular tissue, similar in appearance to a network of roots.