Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Cactus / kotschoubeyanus

I am not sure but Ariocarpus has started flowering again.
The photo is young kotchyoubeyanus f Rioverde, grafted a young seedling last year.
I can not see the body becase of so many flowers.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Cactus / alonsoi

This is Turbinicarpus alonsoi, sowed seeds on 31/08/2006 amd grafted young seedlings. The flowering season of Turbinicarpus is spring but this plant is in flower repeatedly through a year.
Alonsoi is a small plant when it was grown own-root but it would be grown larger whey you grafted it.
The seeds are very fine and seedlings are very small and so it is not easy to keep well own-root seedlings.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Cactus / myriostigma cv khoyo

This is Astrophytum myriostigma v nudum cv khoyo.
Khoyo means autumn foliage, turning color in autumn and return to gree in late spring. There are vaious colors such as red, yellow, orange, chocolate etc but this one is red/yellow base color.
I degrafted 2 yeares

ago and the cacti is rely on own roots currently.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Cactus / albata

Yesterday was a cool day, the maximum temperature was just 14 'C. I assume winter has come.
Mammillaria albata has started to open flowers. The flower season of this plant is early spring but it may misjudged the season. I bought this plant several years ago with a different name tag but I think this cacti is albata.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Cactus / miracle kabuto

I bought a new camera yesterday.
I am still under learning how to use but I took several photos this morning.
This is Astrophytum asterias cv miracle kabuto taken by the camera.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Cactus / platyacanthus

I bought a pack of mixed cactus seeds in 2000 and sowed.
Young seedlings were grafted and degrafted after they became reasonable size.
This is one of them. I am not sure the exact name but I think this is Echinocactus platyacanthus. I moved this from grennhouse to outdoor 2 years ago. Spines have been improved well.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Cactus / grusonii

This is Echinocactus grusonii v albispina which I bought when the plant was quite small.
I moved the plant from greenhouse to outdoor several years ago together with normal grusonii. The spines were improved quite well but growing speed was v slower compared to normal grusonii.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Cactus / coahuilence

It is in autumn but Astrophytum coahuilence is in flower.
I bought seedlings from a plant supplier years ago. The plants have grown very slowly. Although the shape is simlar to myriostigma, the flower has orange throught which is same as asterias. It can cross easily with asterias becase of that.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Cactus / kotschoubeyanus

This grafted young plant is Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus f Rio Verde.
I prepared this one in 2009 for a competition.
I sowed seeds on 15/11/09 and grafted seedlings after 2days of germination.
1st flowering was 26/02/10, 3 months after sowing seeds.
This is 2nd flowering for the plant.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Cactus / super kabuto

This is an astrophytum asterias cv super kabuto, was in flower recently.
This one is called tiger-super kabuto and have one more special character. The character is called "hanaizumi" means "flowers spring" which will make multiple flowers from one areola.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Cactus / Ariocarpus hybrid

This is an Ariocarpus hybrid, kotschoubeyanus x scaphirostris.
I have created this hybrid by myself.
I sowed seeds on 17/10/2010 and the germination success ratio was not so good because of hybrid.
I grafted several seedlings.
I am not sure why but the growing speed is quite low even they are grafted.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Cactus / kabutos

Yesterday was cool day and repeated showers.
I am not sure the reason but Astrophytum asterias cv kabuto were in flower, quite many. It is in autumn and should be the last flowering in this season.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Cactus / ruri-kabuto

This asterias will be azure color in muture age and so called "ruri-kabuto"
It is believed this one is a hybrid, capricorn v major x asterias v nudum.I bought seeds and sowed on 17/09/2004. Several plants are remained and I collected seeds from them.
I am not sure why but quite many asterias were in flower yesterday, in autumn.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Cactus / dasyacantha

Some of Mammillaria are difficult to germinate from seeds.
I bought seeds of hernandezii, dasyacantha and saboae and sowed in 2006. Dasyacnatha was only germinated but it was also very low germination ratio.
I tried hernandezii and saboae several times later but they never germinated.
I grafted 2 seedlings of lauii v dasyacantha. One of them is in flower currently.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Cactus / jauernigi

This is Turbinicarpus jauernigi, sown seeds on 31/08/2006.
I grafted young seedings.
Jauernigi was a small turvinicarpus and found relatively recent.
I bought seeds of jauenigi, riverdensis, booleanus and bonatozii but I could germinated jauernigiand and riverdensis only.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Cactus / Astrophytum hybrid

This small grafted plant is an Astrophytum hybrid, capricorne v niveum x asterias cv super kabuto. This is a F1 hybrid, collected seeds from my plant. I sowed seeds on 28/08/2010 and grafted 2 seedlings.
The attached photo is one of them.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Cactus / buiningii

This is Ubelmannia buiningii HU141.
I bought seeds and sowed on 31/08/2006 and grafted seedlings.
This plant is in flower from spring to autumn repeatedly.
I tried to get seeds but failed several times.
2 years ago, I found a crossing method to meet this plant and could get seeds. Seeds are very fine and seedlings also very small.
I have quite many small seedlings and have to replant next spring.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Cactus / replanting

I replant cactus seedlings in spring normally.
I did replanting of asterias seedlings 3 days ago as an experimental trial.
Almost all seedlings are germinated from sown seeds in December last year.
I replant 25 seedlings in a 10 cm square pot, in total 6 pots.
I am not sure how seedlings would move from now to winter but the temperature in a greenhouse on today is 32 'C. It is warm enough.
The attached photo is one of them, Astrophytum varigated asterias.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Cactus / retusus v elongatus

This is Ariocarpus retusus v elongatus.
The appearance is very similar to torigonas.
I bought seeds and sowed on 31/08/2006 and grafted young seedlings.
I have 2 plants currently and can collect seeds from these plants.
Recently both of plants were in flower and I crossed them.
I expect to get seeds next late spring.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Cactus / retusus jarmilae

I bought seeds and sowed 31/08/2006.
I grafted very young seedlings and several plants have remained.
They are in flower ery year in this season.
I have collected seeds and keep quite many own-root sedlings aslo.
Retusus has many variations and hard to judge them from the appearance.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Sactus / retusus v scapharostroides

This is Ariocarpus retusus v scapharostroides.
I bought seeds and sowed on 31/08/2006. I grafted several seedlings.
I had several flowering size plants but I lost, remained just this one only.
I keep small several plants and waiting to be flowering size.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Cactus / hernandezii

It is not flowering season in here but several cactus are in flower.
A grafted Mammillaria hernandezii was in flower yeaterday. This cacti should be in flower early spring. I assume this one made misjudge the season. I will cut pups in spring and will increase numbers.