Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Cactus / valdezianus

A lot of Turbinicarpus valdezianus were in flower together in the afternoon.
I rooted pups 2 years ago.
They are quite small, each one is in a 5 mm square tube.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Cactus / agavoides

The photo is Ariocarpus agavoides degrafted and set in 8 cm square pots yesterday.
I grafted very young seedlings onto pereskiopsis stocks 2 years ago.
They were in flower last autumn.
Tubercles of grafted agavoides are very short.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Cactus / asterias

An Astrophytum asterias was in flower yesterday.
It was 1st flowering of asterias in this spring.
The color of the flower is reddish, not standard one.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Cactus / myriostigma

I degrafted 2 years old Astrophytum myristigma v nudum cv khoyo, kikkou yesterday.
Seeds were sown in November 2012 and young seedlings were grafted onto Pereskiopsis stocks.
Sizes are varied but each of them in 9 cm square pot.
One of them has started to show kikkou character.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Cactus / sanchez-mejoradae

A Mammillaria sanchez-mejoradae was in flower.
This is also a small cactus, in 5 cm square tube.
I propagated this one from a pup cutting.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Cactus / valdezianus

A Turbinicarpus valdezianus was in flower in this morning.
It is a small plant, in a 5 cm square tube propagated from a seed.
Spring has come in here.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Cactus / agavoides

I repotted 7 seedlings of Ariocarpus agavoides in this morning.
I sowed seeds on 3rd September 2011.
They were grown in a wet-box under soft sunlight and high humidity conditions for 3 years.
Each seedling is in 5 cm square tube.
Tubercles of own-rooted agavoides seedlings are quite long as shown on the photo.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Cactus / denegrii

I grafted very young seedlings of Obreonia denigrii onto Pereskiopsis stocks 2 years ago.
24 seedlings were grafted in total.
I selected 11 scions which sizes were 7~9 cm diameter and degrafted them in this afternoon.
I believe O. denegrii meets Pereskiopsis stock quite well.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Cactus / miracle kabuto

A miracle kabuto shows the mutation of flecking but you do not know when it starts the mutation.
A super kabuto is similar to but it shows the mutation relatively early age.

I keep quite many miracle kabuto seedlings and select ones showing the mutation in spring.
I selected 6 plants yesterday, which were sown seeds in 2006 . The photo is one of them, 8 cm diameter.
I have washed the body by liquid baby soap and been drying before the repotting.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Cactus / sanchez-majoradae

A grafted Mammillaria sanchez-majoradae has been in flower.
I drafted a small pup in 2007.
This flowering shows "spring will be around the corner".

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Cactus / germination of horstii

It is under processing of cactus seeds germination.
I use 2 heating pans for the germination and so I can process anytime through a year.
I can set 18 of 10 cm square pots at a batch.
The current one is the 3rd batch in this season.
I sowed seeds on 5th of this month and some of them have been germinated already.
The photo is Discocactus horstii.
I was a bit worried about the freshness of seeds because these seeds were harvested in 2012.
It seems alright, showing a good germination rate.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Cactus / furfuraceus

6 of Ariocarpus retusus v furfuraceus cv Sugri-cauliflower have grown well.
Each of them was in a 9 cm square pot but it was too tight.
I repotted them into 12 cm square pot in this morning.
They are 4 years old, sown seeds on 2nd October 2010.
24 of young seedlings were grafted on Pereskiopsis and grown for 2 years.
I degrafted them with a short stock, 15 mm length 2 years ago.
6 of all have still relies on short stocks, no roots have come out from the main body yet.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Cactus / Ariocarpus seedings

The flowering season of Astrophytum has not been in here yet but I now can feel a hint of spring when I was in my backyard.
It is the time of sowing cactus seeds and repotting young seedlings and so I spend quite busy time.
I have completed 1 year old Astrophytum seedlings and have commenced to repot Ariocarpus seedlings.
The photo is 1 year old Ariocarpus seedlnings repotted in this morning.
Top row (3 pots-75 seedlings): A. bravoanus v hintonii
Bottom row (3 pots-75 seedlings): A. retusus v jermilae