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San Rainbow
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PostSubject: Aylostera Heliosa   Aylostera Heliosa EmptySun Jun 22, 2008 4:03 pm

just wondering if any one had growing tips for this genius within southern Australian climate...

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PostSubject: Re: Aylostera Heliosa   Aylostera Heliosa EmptySun Jun 22, 2008 4:31 pm

well now known as Rebutia heliosa.
flowers are bright orange produced prolifically in spring.....dry winter... south american... mist spray occasionally.... don't overwater during growing season...rot prone.... small pot... dry out fast...coarse soil mix...bright light, not full burning sun in summer though. according to one of my books it is hardy to -7C so cold no problem.
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PostSubject: Re: Aylostera Heliosa   Aylostera Heliosa EmptySun Jun 22, 2008 4:32 pm

nice one lewis Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Aylostera Heliosa   Aylostera Heliosa EmptySun Jun 22, 2008 4:38 pm

looking over what i just wrote i mean mist spray only in winter when dormant (now) otherwise completely dry wintering. south americans in general like this treatment. it prevents the roots from dying back quite so bad as a result of prolonged periods of time with no water.
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PostSubject: Re: Aylostera Heliosa   Aylostera Heliosa EmptySun Jun 22, 2008 4:50 pm

here ya go:
http://www.cactus-art.biz/schede/REBUTIA/Rebutia_heliosa/Rebutia_heliosa/Rebutia_heliosa.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Aylostera Heliosa   Aylostera Heliosa EmptySun Jun 22, 2008 5:50 pm

thanks mate Wink
do you know if it is sterile or fertile?
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PostSubject: Re: Aylostera Heliosa   Aylostera Heliosa EmptySun Jun 22, 2008 6:18 pm

I only have one specimen of this and haven't got seed on it but i have found the related Rebutia heliosa fma. 'melanistic' to be self-fertile:
http://www.cactus-art.biz/schede/REBUTIA/Rebutia_heliosa/Rebutia_heliosa_melanistic/Rebutia_heliosa_melanistes_kk849.htm
i'm guessing that v. heliosa may also prove to be self-fertile but having two plants can't hurt.
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PostSubject: Re: Aylostera Heliosa   Aylostera Heliosa EmptySun Jun 22, 2008 7:19 pm

sweet! if its not self fertile might have to trade some pollen some time...

this thread should probably be moved to Bolivian section, I thought they were from Argentina Embarassed

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