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parrotsheaven
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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptySun Oct 26, 2008 8:06 pm

Nice ones Lewis lucky to get flowers the day after you bought the astro Very Happy

This is flowering on an on its one I just got an ID on, an oreocereus x cleistocactus.

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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptySun Oct 26, 2008 9:12 pm

Interesting one Betty. I read that Oreos are very reluctant to flower. The hybridisation must make them flower more readily. Very nice.

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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptySun Oct 26, 2008 9:34 pm

trig the astro is labelled as a 'myriostigma cultivar'... the guy i got it off said 'it grew from a packet of mixed myriostigma seed from italy'. in other words it could be anything. almost looks like a 'hakuun nudum'. yeah 'semi-nudum' is what i've been calling it. as for why ive been getting these weird flowers i have no idea.. the liquid seaweed fertiliser i use? hmm maybe thats the secret.. i wonder if i up the dosage and regularity maybe my whole collection will go monstrose! Laughing
thats the first time ive ever noticed that epithelantha micromeris specimen ever flower.. it obviously has been regularly in the past though because it produces lots of fruit. Smile
p.s did someone say gymno?
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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptySun Oct 26, 2008 9:40 pm

Gymno? Sure did. I have a G. baldianum, G. freidrichii (spelling?) and a few others all with nice flower buds pumping along. Will post pics when they do. Gymno flowers are great. Maybe I can get ID's on the unknown ones when they flower? Looking to be a good year for me and cacti flowers. Also got a Weingartia sp. closely related to Gymno so I hear, which is just about to burst into flower. Has about 30 odd flower buds on it, eagerly awaiting this one to bloom Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyWed Oct 29, 2008 1:07 pm

Wow, theres some great pics here. Better than results from google images. You guys should get you photos tagged for web searchability. Truly awesome photos.

Heres another of mine that flowered this morning.

Echinopsis. (if anyone knows the species please let me know)

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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyThu Oct 30, 2008 1:39 pm

E. oxygona? Not totally sure, don't know them all that well.

Here's a Weingartia sp. syn Rebutia sp., check out all those flower buds Smile

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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyThu Oct 30, 2008 4:01 pm

nice one trig Smile
heres a LW:
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fma. caespitosa

and more awe-inspiring, magnificent, absolutely unbeatable epi action!
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its actually a var. neomexicana apparently. so now ive got normal micromeris, neomexicana, polycephala and bokei
soon the above will look like this neomex:
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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyThu Oct 30, 2008 4:55 pm

Great shots everyone.

Hey Lewis I don't think that LW is Caespitosa. Looks like a regular Williamsii to me.


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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyThu Oct 30, 2008 5:09 pm

I agree HN, looks like regular to me. Really nice plant. Wow those Epi fruits are actually alot more showy than the flowers. Very nice! Oh speaking of Epi fruits, what ever happened to the seeds you said you would send me lewis? I'm still keen mate.

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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyThu Oct 30, 2008 5:23 pm

Sulcorebutia Rauschii

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Harissia Jusbertii

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Never got to see this one open kept missing it.
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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyThu Oct 30, 2008 5:33 pm

Awesome HN. Never seen the Harrisia in flower, did you get to pollinate it with anything? Nice Sulco too, really nice colour.

Epiphyllum sp.

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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyThu Oct 30, 2008 6:08 pm

Nah no pollenation because I didn't get any pollen. It has another flower bud that is just starting to form. I think Watertrade is going to help out with some Smile I just need his to flower in time.
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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyThu Oct 30, 2008 7:34 pm

Awww no fair, i want a Sulcorebutia Rauschii
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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyThu Oct 30, 2008 8:36 pm

HN and trig i can guarantee the LW is caespitose.. i removed the offsets so the main head would actually grow and flower. underneath the plant (you can't see in the photo) its going crazy with offsets... which i don't like.
HN cool pics.. wow the jusbertii flower is huge in comparison with the plant size.
i love sulco rauschii, finally tracked a couple down at the show. i got one green one and one purple.
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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyThu Oct 30, 2008 8:50 pm

^^Yeah the green one looks awesome ! I want one.

I'm going to graft that little pup on mine to Hylo tomrrow.
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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyThu Oct 30, 2008 9:39 pm

Nice ones guys Very Happy

Keep em coming!!!
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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyFri Oct 31, 2008 10:05 am

Astrophytum capricorne X Super Kabuto, it has one of the largest Astro flowers I have ever seen! 3 or 4 more buds forming. Hmm any tips on collecting and saving pollen? I wouldn't mind saving a bit because I have a few more Astros budding up and some nearly ready to pop.

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Note to lewis, am glad I didn't sell this one now, it's amazing Wink

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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptyFri Oct 31, 2008 10:48 am

Very Very nice plant and flower Trig. To save pollen I just get tweezers pluck out the little anthers, put it all in a old film canister and put in the freezer. Depends on sp how lnog it will last. I'm not sure with astros but a friend has used it after 3 weeks and had sucess.
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ya they are huge
capricorne nudum:
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i crossed it with the myrio semi nudum.
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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 1:24 pm

Cool. Really like that nudum lewis. Looks to be about the same size flower as the hybrid one I had (pictured above). I had an var. aureum (not sure if it's the same? Looked similiar) but it rotted in the beginning of last spring unfortunately, didn't know much about Astros back then. Oh well, you win some you lose some.

Actually I also lost a asterias nudum at around the same time. I wonder if these nudum types are more susceptable of rot? Anyone know? Or have any theories or experience on that?

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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 3:32 pm

Looking good Trig and Lewis! In the next day or so my Capricorne Nuduum should open up, cant wait for the big flowers.
Had a nice suprise when i got home today, my 2 recently purchased Asterias and SK were open for me. Now, i gotta read up on howto pollinate them.
I was wondering, is the SK flower much smaller in size because of the plant size? Sk's are just heavily flecked Asterias pretty much, but its alot smaller in flower size to my Asterias.
Damnit, i gotta learn howto resize my photos.

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PostSubject: Re: spring cacti flowers   spring cacti flowers - Page 5 EmptySat Nov 01, 2008 4:28 pm

Beautiful!
looking great Michael Smile
they seem to have settled in well, lucky to have them flowering simultaneously.
edit: to pollinate i usually just get a fine paintbrush and wiggle it around the anthers (the things around the middle with the pollen) and transfer the pollen to the stigma (thing in the middle) of the other flower. do it both ways so hopefully both plants set seed. now i don't think that made any sense, someone will be able to describe the process better than i can.


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Thanks Lewis, ive read up about pollinateing them, but im a little bit confused, somewhere i read that you have to wait a couple of days before youe pollinate, and somewhere i read you can do it whenever. But in a couple of days, they probly wont be open.
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i think due to the short lifespan of most cactus flowers the pollen is ready for use shortly after the flower opens,maybe as soon as it comes off onto your finger when the anthers are touched.
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MichaelCactus: The easiest way i've found to rezise photos without using photoshop in windows is with MS Paint.
Right click on your photo, open with MS Paint. Goto the 'Image' Tab and select 'Stretch/Skew'.
Rezize your photo by percentage which is about 20-25% for my camera to get a good web size shot.
Save As and you're all done.
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