Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias

Friday, 6 July 2018

Cactus / asterias

The photo is my oldest asterias, 15 years old.
It shows a matured appearance and turns to a multi-ribs form.
The size is 18 cm in diameter.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Cactus / hanazono kabuto

The photo is an Astrophytum asterias cv hanazono kabuto.
I bought seeds and sowed in 2005, means 13 years old.
When a hanazono kabuto was grafted, the character of hanazono is exaggerated.
This one has never been grafted and so the appearance should be natural one.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Cactus / Astrophytum hybrid

The photo is an Astrophytum hybrid.
My friend gave me seeds, Astrophytum hybrid fukuryu and I propagated.
All others are fukuryu but only this one does not show the character of fukuryu.
I assume the gene of khoyou is mixed in because the body colour turns in season.
The current colour is for winter and spring.
The body returns to green in summer.
I have not seen flowers yet.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Cactus / super kabuto

The photo is a super kabuto reaching a mature age.
It is a super kabuto but I mixed in the gene of hanazono kabuto by myself.
The original number of ribs is 7 ribs which is abnormal for asterias but it has started to turn 11 ribs.
The character of hanazono has also started to show.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Cactus / miracle kabuto

It is mid of winter in here.
I have stopped watering to cacti and I can not see cacti flowers at moment.
The photo is my oldest miracle kabuto, 19 cm in diameter.
The flecking becomes whiter in winter.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Cactus / buiningii

A Uebelmannia buiningii was in flower.
I harvested seeds from a my own cactus and sowed in July 2010.
It took 8 years from seed-to-flower.
The cactus is still very small, in a 5 cm square tube.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Cactus / cauliflower

A grafted young Ariocarpus retusus v furfuraceus cv Suguri cauliflower was in flower.
Although it is just 1 year old, showing the character of cauliflower well.
I sow cauliflower seeds every year but around 10% of seedlings shows a good character.