Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Cactus / ruri kabuto

The set-up of greenhouses for summer has been completed.
I cover greenhouses over by 50% shade-cloth between mid of November to mid of March.
Since November in this year was quite cool, I delayed the timing of the covering.
An Astrophytum asterias cv ruri kabuto was in flower in the morning.
Unfortunately the shape of stigma is abnormal.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Cactus / monvillei

This is an other South American, Gymnocalycium monvillei.
I bought seeds named G. monvillei v horridispinum and sowed on 14/10/2004.
It seems the flower color is not right but I am not sure.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Cactus / hypogaea

It is not so many but I have kept some South American cacti.
The photo is a Copiapoa hypogaea.
I am not sure the exact flowering season but it is in flower repeatedly between spring to autumn.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Cactus / miracle kabuto seedlings

I cut tap-roots of 2 years miracle kabutos completely in August and set them for the rooting process.
The rooting medium was crashed and shifted 2 mm scoria.
They were set into 50 mm square tubes.
I lost 2 of them during the process but it is not too bad.
Currently they are growing well. I assume fine new roots have been developed.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Cactus / alonsoi

The diameter of this degrafted Turbinicarpus alonsoi is around 10 cm.
The original alonsoi is a small cactus but the grafing affected on and made this size.
The plant has twin heads and cristated each head.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Cactus / red flowering asterias

Although I missed to take a photo in previous flower opening, I could took it yesterday afternoon.
Since the stigma is reddish, it should be a true red flower.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Cactus / asterias

The flower color of this asterias is unusual.
I assume someone in Europe tried to develop a red flower astetias but he could not establish.
The size of body is quite small due to the frequent crossings, I think.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Cactus super kabuto

I degrafted an old super kabuto, 15 cm diameter with a short grafting stock in this spring.
It was in flower yesterday.
I assume the cactus has already been rooted.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Cactus / hanazono kabuto

This one shows the character of hanazono (flower garden) kabuto well.
The plant was grafted once on Hylocereus stock and degraftd later with a short vascular bundole of the stock.
 I am not sure the plant has still relied on the vascular bundle or own roots

Friday, 15 November 2013

Cactus / super kabuto

I once grafted super kabutos to collect seeds but it was no longer.
I have enough numbers of matured own-rooted plants for the collection of seeds.
The photo is a remained grafted one, only one remained.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Cactus / asterias

This is the largest asterias in my greenhouse.
I repotted it in this spring.
The flowering shows an evidence of successful repotting result.
The current diameter is around 19 cm.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Cactus / grusonii

I can see Echinocactus grusoniis after winter weeds died out.
They were covered over by weeds during winter time.
I sowed seeds in 2000 and started to be in flower from last year.
It is around 60 cm diameter.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Cactus / variegated asterias

A grafted variegated asterias was in flower yesterday.
It was 2nd flowering in this season.
The degree of the variegation is changed along the growing of the plant but this one is keeping acceptable balance.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Cactus / hakujo-banjyaku

A friend gave me this one in the beginning this year.
It is 1st flowering in my place.
Banjyaku is an Astrophytum hybrid, ornatum x myriostigam.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Cactus / asterias

A reddish flower on the yellow body shows a clear contrast.
The scion was well balanced variegation when it was grafted but yellow area was increased gradually.
It is completely yellow body currently. I hope the green parts come back one day.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Cactus / heptacanthus

Two Discocactus heptacanthus v griseus were in flower together.
Flowers of Discocactus has nice scent and open at night.
The photo one was weak and I repotted lately.
I think it is still not perfect but the flowering is the evidence of recovering.