Tell me about cactus

Is it legal to grow Peyote Cactus in Australia?

The laws surrounding collecting and caring for the Lophophora Williamsii cactus vary from state to state in Australia. We urge you to check the legislation in your state as the definitions in state legislation vary.

Is it legal to grow San Pedro ( Echinopsis and Trichocereus) in Australia?

The laws surrounding collecting and caring for the Echinopsis and Trichocereus genus cacti vary from state to state in Australia. We urge you to check the legislation in your state as the definitions in state legislation vary.

Can I consume Woo Plant Cacti?

No. Woo Plants are strictly for collecting and growing, only.

Which states can Woo Plant post to?

We post live plants to NSW, VIC, SA and QLD.

Which states can’t Woo Plant post to?

Biosecurity laws restrict us from sending plants to WA, NT, and Tas.

Do you ship internationally?

We currently do not ship internationally.

Returns and Shipping

Can I return my order?

We understand that it’s disappointing to receive a broken or damaged item, and will make sure that if your item has been damaged in transit, we will send out a replacement of the broken or damaged items when the following criteria is met. 

- Your package is opened within a week of delivery

- Contact us here within a week of delivery

- Provide photos of the broken or damaged item/s

Can I return my plant?

If your plant has arrived dead or damaged please contact us here within a week of purchase and provide photos of the plant

We do not accept returns on live plants for a change of mind 

We don’t accept returns for blemishes or marks on the plant - they are living plants and will scar and blemish as they grow. Our plants are healthy and strong, so small blemishes won’t affect their health.

My plant died, can I return it?

Unfortunately plants do die. It sucks and we feel your pain, as we have lost many plants over the years, but we only accept returns if the plant has arrived dead or damaged. 

Please note, live plants need to be taken out of their packaging within a week to ensure their health. 

Please be careful with sun exposure in the first few weeks of owning the plant. 

When should I expect my order to be shipped?

We pack and send orders Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Your order will be sent via courier. 

Standard shipping orders should arrive within 1-5 days after being shipped. 

Express post shipping orders should be with you 1-3 days after being shipped. 

You will receive packing and shipping notifications to the email address provided during checkout. 

You will receive a tracking number to the email provided during checkout, when the order is on its way to you. 

My order hasn’t arrived

If it has been more than 3 business days and you haven’t received an order processing, packing or tracking notification please contact us. 

If it has been more than 7 business days since you received your tracking number, and your package has still not arrived, please contact us. We will contact the courier company. 

If your order has been deemed lost by the courier company, we will contact you and send out a replacement.  

Caring for your Peyote

How often should I water Peyote (Lophophora Williamsii)?

Not very often. Over watering is one of the most common causes of root rot and death for Lophophora Williamsii. Each plant differs and its location will determine how often it needs to be watered. If you’re down south and it’s cool, you’ll be watering less than up north. 

Spring / Summer - Watering your Peyote once a fortnight in spring and summer will keep it happy, once a fortnight if it’s over 30 degrees (celsius) will keep it well fed. The key is to make sure that the soil is completely dry before you give your plant any more water. 

Autumn / winter - we recommend not watering your Peyote at all in the autumn and winter months if the average temp is under 15 degrees. And don’t stress, they will be fine.

How do I know if my cactus needs water?

Give it a squeeze. If it’s wrinkly and soft, give it a good drink. If it’s firm it’ll be fine and doesn't need water.

How much sun does Peyote need?

Peyote Cacti thrive in warm, bright spots. to hot areas (20-30 degrees celsius), and are often found in semi shaded spots in the wild. Avoid direct sun all day, or direct sun in the middle of the day in summer. They are susceptible to sunburn and this can weaken them. 

Where should I position my Peyote?

The trick to growth is to ensure the plant warms up and gets good light. 

We recommend placing your peyote in a nice bright spot that gets direct morning sun for a few hours and is in bright shade. Alternatively, full sun in winter and filtered shade in the peak of summer to limit the chance of sunburn. 

Can I grow Peyote in a unit / apartment? The balcony is your best bet. Find a nice bright spot, undercover is your best bet so you can control the water it gets.

Can I grow peyote on a window sill? Yes. But it will  do best with a very bright window spot that gets direct sun for an hour, because the window will filter the light. 

Can peyote grow in full direct sun? It can, but it depends on which part of Australia you live in. Direct sun on a scorching 40 degree day will most likely result in sunburn, which can damage the plant and render it susceptible to fungal infections.

What’s the best potting mix for peyote?

Peyote (Lophophora Williamsii) likes mineral based soils that allow really good drainage. They grow in the arid regions of Mexico and South Texas where there’s not much water and a lot of rocky soil. 

Pro tip:Peyote hates soil that stays wet, and tightly compacted. The roots need to breathe and water needs to pass through. If the mix isn’t right, the roots will likely rot. If water pools at the top of your pot and then seeps slowly down, it’s time to re-pot your Peyote and break up the soil a bit to allow more aeration. 

What Peyote soil does Woo Plant use?

We think that Dr GreenThumbs offers the best products in Australia so we’ve partnered with them to create the best potting mix for Peyote. It’s a gritty mix of mineral based substrate. We’ve had great success with this blend.

How long does Peyote take to grow?

Peyote is one of the slowest growing plants on Earth. It can take 10-20 years to mature and start flowering. This is one of the biggest reasons it is critically endangered in its natural habitat. Also one of the reasons Peyote makes a great gifting plant for baby showers, wedding gifts and other milestone gifts.

Caring for your Echinopsis (Trichocereus / San Pedro)

How often should I water Echinopsis (Trichocereus / San Pedro)?

The Echinopsis (Trichocereus / San Pedro) are much less thirsty than your average house plant. They hate sitting in damp soil and are susceptible to rot and fungal infections when the soil stays wet for too long. The Woo Plant Guide to watering Echinopsis (Trichocereus / San Pedro) cacti:

Water only when regular temperatures are above 20 degrees celsius. 

Don’t water in cooler months. They hibernate in the cool months and watering is not needed. 

In Spring and Summer (above 20 degrees) we recommend only watering the seedlings once every two weeks. Larger plants will require more water and if they are in full sun, give them a good drink once a week. 

Check the soil (3cm down). If it is damp, don’t water. If it is dry then you’re good to water.

How do I know if my cactus needs water?

If your cactus starts booking wrinkly and a bit ‘deflated’ (like a balloon) give it a good drink. If it’s plump and firm it shouldn’t need water. If it’s hot and the soil is dry, give it a drink regardless of whether it’s fat and firm, or wrinkly.

How much sun does Echinopsis (Trichocereus / San Pedro) Cactus need?

Echinopsis (Trichocereus / San Pedro) Cactus thrive in bright spots, with full sun. Even the seedlings will thrive in full sun… However, they do need to acclimate to the full sun, especially in summer.

Woo Plant light recommendations for Echinopsis (Trichocereus / San Pedro) Cacti: 

Always acclimate your plant to sun. It will arrive in a box, and has to get used to dun light again (if you place it in direct light right away it will sun burn and smaller plants could die)

Week 1: Plant your cactus and position it in a bright shaded spot

Week 2: Introduce your plant to more light. Give it a spot with filtered light, or direct morning sun

Week 3: Your plant should be ready for more direct light now.

Can my cactus grow inside?

Cacti thrive with at least an hour of direct sunlight per day. If you plan to keep your Echinopsis (Trichocereus / San Pedro) Cacti indoors we recommend a bright window that gets direct sun for an hour. 

Cacti that get too little light will etiolate (stretch and grow thin). 

Be careful growing inside where it is cooler. Cacti will also need less water and be prone to rot if the soil doesn’t dry out fully. 

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