Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Cactus / ruri kabuto

A ruri kabuto is just about in flower.
The plant has reached almost a mature age and the body color looks ruri (azure).

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Cactus / hanazono kabuto

Several hanazono kabuo pushed fowering buds up yesterday morning.
Since you can not see the body well when flowers were opened fully, I took the photo before that.
In the afternoon, they opened fully.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Cactus / ornatum

This is also a Gymnocalycium, spegazzinii v ornatum.
I bought seeds and sowed on 16th October 2004.
Since spines are too long, it seems hard to open flowers.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Cactus / vatterii

This is an other Gimnocalycium,  a single spine vatterii.
I also propagated this one from seed.
Flowers will open soon.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Cactus / loricatum

Gymnocalycium have been in flower.
The photo is a G. spegazzinii v loricatum propagated from seed.
I sowed seeds on 16th November 2003.
Since spines are short, it seems to open flowers easily.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Cactus / hanaizumi super kabuto

This is an A. asterias cv hanaizumi super kabuto.
Multiple flowers will come out from an areole on hanaizumi form but it was a single flower in this time.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Cactus / luethyi

I think it is a bit late but a grafted Mammillaria is fully bloomed.
Since the stock has become weak, I have to think about something in near future.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Cactus / horizontharonius

This is anther Echinocactus horizontharonius but it is a standard form.
I grafted 5 seedlings last year and added 7 in this year, in total 12 seedlings.
They are growing well.
I hope they would be this size in future.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Cactus / horizontharonius

Although Echinocacus horizontharonius is hard to propagate from seeds because of very poor germination rate, I have built number up gradually.
The photo is a grafted E. horizontharonius v nicholii, was in flower yesterday.
I did the cross-pollination to an other one yesterday afternoon.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Cactus / reddish flowering super kabuto

It is hard to get an asterias with true red flowers.
This super kabuto which I propagated from seed has reddish flowers.
It is almost but not true red.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Cactus / super kabuto

A super kabuto is just about opening flowers.
It seems too many flowers.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Cactus / miracle kabuto

This is one of kabutos in the overview photo posted yesterday, which is a miracle kabuto.
I have tried to increase quantity and kept many seedlings.
I believe mine is a traditional miracle kabuto.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Cactus / asterias

Last two days were good sunshine days.
Astrophytum asterias cv kabutos have started to be in flower.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Cactus / hetarochromus

It was a bit cool day yesterday but had good sunshine in the afternoon.
2 of Thelocactus hetarochromus were in flower.
The photo is one of them.
The flower of Thelocactus is quite large.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Cactus / Astrophytum hybrid

This one is another Astrophytum hybrid, 2nd filial (coahuilense x super kabuto) x super kabuto.
Unfortunately the body is quite small because the hybridization affected on the body size, I assume.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Cactus / Astrophytum hybrid

The photo is a 1st filial Astrophytum hybrid, capricorne v senill x super kabuto.
This species shows no spines and flecking over the body which gene came from the father.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Cactus / reddish flowering asterias

I tried to increase the quantity of red flowering asterias and crossed 2 plants.
I waited quite long time until seedlings reached to the flowering size.
As shown on the photo, they are in flower but the color is not true red.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Cactus / denegrii

Three Obregonia denegriis propagated from seeds have been in flower.
I bought seeds and sowed on 28/09/2005.
Denegrii grows very slowly but it seems the time of repotting.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Cactus / horstii

More than 10 grafted Discocactus horstiis were in flower together.
My greenhouse was packed by nice scent in this morning.
The photo is one of them.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Cactus / asterias

A standard Astrophytum asterias has 8 ribs.
This one started to develop additional ribs when the plant reached to a mature age.
The plant is 17 cm diameter with 13 ribs currently.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Cactus / Onzuka

Astrophytum myriostigma cv Onzuka will be elongated in a mature age in relation to the original gene.
This one is relatively round and increasing number of ribs.
Unfortunately only one Onzuka was in flower and I collected pollen for the next chance of pollination.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Cactus / myriostigma cultivar

Cultivars of Astrophytum show distinct appearances when the plants reached to a mature age.
The photo is A. myriostigma v nudum cv khoyo, kikou.
Since the plant has reached to a mature age, turning body color no longer but the kikou pattern is distinct.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Cactus / ritteri

A small flower on a small body, Azutekium ritteri has been in flower.
I grafted a small offset onto a Pereskiopsis stok and degrafted later.
Although the speed of growing very slow, it is not stopped, growing surely.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Cactus / capricorne

This Astrophytum capricorne has yellow flowers.
It should be yellow petals and orange throat.
Since I bought a small seedling, the reason is unclear. It may be mixed ornatum gene.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Cactus / coahuilense

Various Astrophytum have been in flower because the weather has warmed up.
One of them is A. coahuilense.
The body appearance of coahuilense is similar to myriostigma but the flower is almost same as asterias.
Coahuilense can be hybridized easily with asterias.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Cactus / myriostigma v nudum

I bought seeds and sowed on 08/10/2003.
Several young seedlings were grafted onto Hylocereus stocks.
Scions were degrafted later when they were large enough to meet with an independent pot size.
This is one of them.
The flower has a nice citrus scent,