Frequently Asked Questions


Your plants will ship within three days on the average. If for any reason it takes longer you will be notified. Your order may ship with USPS or UPS. Tracking info will be sent to your email.

Does La Mancha ship Internationally?

At this time we only ship to the continental US&A.

Where are you located?

We have two locations. One in northern California, the other in northern Europe.

Which methods of payments do you accept?

The preferred method is stamps in an envelope but because its you, you may use plastic as well :) We don't take crapto nor do we invest in socks and bon bons. Your wordly tokens of value are worthless in the realms we travel. We don’t serve the lords of capitalism neither are we motivated by money only. We work for love, beauty and the sacred. There you have it!

What is your refund policy?

If a plant is damaged during shipping we will certainly replace it. We only require a picture within 24 hours of receiving. For any other issues just send us a message. I am sure we can work it all out.

How do I contact customer support?

Send us an email @

Why La Mancha?

Cause there are two things dear to me: Humor and wisdom. This novel has both

Why don't you post more on social media?

I post when there is something noteworthy and when I feel like it. - Not to satisfy the algorithms of the zuckerverse. I am doing this for fun, btw. - if you haven't noticed yet.

What kind of products do you use on your plants?

As a general fertilizer we use Osmocote in combination with occasional seaweed extract feedings. Garden Pho's as a fungicide and diatomaceous earth to protect from insects.

What is this black stuff on my cut?

It is pruning sealer. We use it to help heal the cut and protect it from infections. It will fall off eventually. Do not consume, just cut it off.

What can I use to protect myself from these prickly fellas?

You are not the first person with this problem. They make special gloves to protect your precious piano player hands. You can find them here:
Or, for those on a limited budget you could just wrap/grab them with a piece of cardboard.

How fast will my cactus grow?

On the average Echinopsis (Trichocereus) plants if mature grow about 1 foot a year. If you are starting from seed you can expect about 1" in the first year, up to four inch in the second and up 8 inch in the third. Yes, it takes a while. Do not attempt this unless you have a good amount of patience. You can greatly speed up the process by grafting your seedling to Pereskiopsis or other grafting stock. For more on that please visit our blog.

There are orange spots, scarring and other weird discoloration and on my cut. What is that?

We only ship our best cuts but that does not mean that they are all flawless. However, all these minor blemishes do not matter at all. You should only be concerned if your cactus starts to rot, gets mushy and soft. In this case you should cut it back till you no longer see any discoloration. You can find more on that in our blog.

I am with an organization that holds ceremonies. Can you help?

So glad you asked. It depends. Why don't you send me a message?

Wachuma, Huachuma, Achuma, Peruvian Torch. What is it?

They are all different names for a columnar cactus commonly known in the western world as San Pedro or Echinopsis lageniformis or Trichocereus Pachanoi/Peru/ Bridgessii. Native to the Andean Mountains but can also be found in parts of Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. It has a light green to blue color, blooms at night and grows up to 20' tall. It's use as traditional medicine stretches back for thousands of years.

This genus name "Trichocereus" was coined by Vincenzo Riccobono in 1909 to describe a selection cacti which are native to South America and consist of columnar type plants. In 1974 this genus was subsumed into the broader genus of "Echinopsis" by Heimo Friedrich. Within the cactus community Trichocereus is still recognized as a distinct group of these cacti and the broader definition of Echinopsis has not been fully accepted for these plants. -Wikipedia