Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cactus / grafted super kabuto

Since I have been able to collect seeds from own rooted asterias, grafted ones have not remained so many.
This is one of remained for the seed collection purpose.
I have kept this one because of its nice flecking pattern.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Cactus / Astrophytum hybrid

This cactus is an Astrophytum hybrid, senile x super kabuto which I created.
I grafted a young seedling and degrafted later.
It relies on own roots currently.
The current size is 12 cm diameter.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Cactus / herrerae

Mammillaria is in flower early spring normally but this herrerae f Vista Hermosa was in flower yesterday, early autumn.
I grafted a small pup in 2005.
It seems a bit tired but I can see flowers every year.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Cactus / Ferocactus

I bought several mixed cactus seeds and sowed in 2000.
One of young seedlings was grafted onto a Hylocereus stock.
I degrafted later and rooted.
The scion is in outdoor, in my backyard.
The current size is 30 cm diameter and gets the 1st flowering.
Since the climate in here is similar to the habitat, strong spins are formed well.
The plant is an unknown name Ferocactus.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Cactus / denegrii

This Obregonia denegrii, 75 mm diameter, propagated from a seed was in flower yesterday.
I bought seeds and sowed on 28th September 2005.
I have kept 12 plants propagated from the same seed packet.
Obregonia denegrii grows very slowly.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Cactus / super kabuto

This super kabuto was in flower, reddish color  yesterday.
Super kabutos have various size of flecking but this one has very fine flecking.
The size of body is 12 cm diameter.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Cactus / super kabuto

This starfish shaped super kabuto is very flat.
I am not but some asterias collectors are particular about shape and height.
They believe starfish shape and flat is a good asterias.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Cactus / ruri kabuto

You can see various forms between full-ruri to full-super when you crossed ruri kabuto x super kabuto.
The photo is a full-ruri kabuto form, was in flower yesterday.
Both parents, ruri kabuto and super kabuto have relatively small bodies and so this one also small, 7 cm diameter.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Cactus / asterias

Astrophytum show abnormal flowers occasionally.
The photo is a crest flower on an asterias opened yesterday.
I saw a similar one on a caput-medusae before.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Cactus / cauliflower

I have tried various propagating methods for cactus.
The photo is Ariocarpus retusus v furfuraceus cv Suguri cauliflower.
The plant is 10 cm diameter and starting to show the character of cultivar.
I sowed seeds on 02/10/ 2010 and grafted young seedlings on Pereskiopsis stocks.
I degrafted with a short stock, 15 mm in spring 2012.
12 scions were set as same and waiting the development of roots.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Cactus / miracle kabuto

The photo is a miracle kabuto seedling, sown seeds on 08/10/2011.
I did the 1st selection and cut tap-roots in August 2013 when the seedling was 2 years old.
This is one of selected seedlings, good ones.
The rooting has been completed successfully and the plant has started to show the character of miracle kabuto. The current size is 35 mm.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Cactus / denegrii

This Obregonia denegrii is also grafted on a Pereskiopsis stock.
I sowed seeds on 13/11/2012 and grafted 2 dozens of young seedlings.
This one has not reached to 2 years old yet.
2 dozens, all of them were in flower in this year.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Cactus / grafted agavoides

I sowed seeds collected from my plants on 23/ 09/2011.
One dozen of very young seedlings were grafted on Pereskiopsis stocks.
The photo is one of them, 2 years old.
Since daylight time has been shorter, the plant lifts several buds up but they may not be opened because the temperature of outside is very high, 41 'C.
Tubercles of agavoides are very short when it was grafted.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Cactus / asterias

Hot days have come back.
It was 42 C' yesterday. Similar days will continue a while.
An Astrophytum asterias was in flower yesterday but these flowers were bit small.
It is the evidence that the autumn will be soon.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Cactus / asterias cultivar

I am not sure how many forms were mix in this cultivar.
The character of the cultivar is fine white flecking and very flat body shape.
The plant starts to show a mature aged appearance.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Cactus / variegated asterias

The forecast maximum temperature of today is 40 C'.
The variegated cactus are weaker against to strong sunlight compared to normal ones.
I hope this one could spend through a day without any sunburn.