Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Cactus / super kabuto

This super kabuto has a different flower color from standard one.
I can see several super kabutos with similar to this flower color.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Cactus / super kabuto

This is a typical super kabuto in my greenhouses.
It is 13 cm diameter of body size with large flecking.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Cactus / asterias

Many asterias were in flower in the afternoon.
The photo is one of them, a matured asterias
I assume the seed was sown in 2003.
The character of hanazono has been shown on the body.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Cactus / ruri kabuto

A ruri kabuto was in flower yesterday.
I like this body color.
It seems the shape of stigmas are abnormal.
They may not be able to make fruits even if  they were pollinated.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Cactus / super kabuto

Many super kabutos were in flower in this afternoon.
The attached photo is one of them.
Soil around here is clay.
Very fine clay is brown into greenhouse in summer and turn white super kabuto to yellowish.
This one is kept as white relatively.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Cactus / hanazono kabuto

Many asterias are going to be in flower.
The photo is one of them, hanazono kabuto.
15 flowers are going to open.
I will cross with a red flowering asterias.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Cactus / alonsoi

The attached photo is a degrafted Turbinicarpus alonsoi.
The plant shows abnormal appearance because of the grafting affected.
It is cristates twin heads.
The size of body is also quite large compared to a normal alonsoi.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Cactus / horizontharonius

An other Echinocactus horizontharonius was in flower yesterday afternoon.
Yesterday was a hot day.
The maximum temperature of outside was 37 'C and reached 50 'C in greenhouses.
I pollinated on this one by using stored pollen.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Cactus / variegated asterias

A variegated, own-rooted asterias was in flower again.
Although I have no intention to collect variegated plant, I keep several variegated asterias.
This one has well balanced variegation and growing slowly.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Cactus / fukuryu-banjyaku

The photo is an Astrophytum hybrid, fukuryu-banjyaku.
Banjyaku means the hybrid of ornatum x myriostigma.
This plant came from my friend's place.
The body is quite small and makes a lot of offsets.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Cactus / khoyo

The photo is a 2 years old Astrophytum myriostigma cv khoyo.
I grafted a young seedling onto a Pereskiopsis stock and degrafted it in this spring.
The body color has turned slightly.
This one is also mixed kikkou gene and I assume it will appear soon.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Cactus / another new pot

World has bee small.
I received another pots mailed from overseas yesterday. It is quite short time from the order to the receiving.
Since the largest size of G-pot was 6, I tried to order similar to the one and size 7.
I found a pot called Noah-pot in the website of another supplier, which was similar to G-pot.
I repotted an Ariocarpus retusus v major into a Noah-pot, size 7 yesterday afternoon.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Cactus / red flowering asterias

It is hard to get a true red flowering asterias.
I bought seeds in 2006 and following 3 more years.
I selected better ones and pollinated.
I sowed seeds in 2011 and got 20 seedlings.
These seedlings have started to be in flower.
The flower of asterias on the photo is quite good red color and so I will cross this one to a hanazono kabuto.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Cactus / asterias

It is hard to find a standard asterias from Japanese seed sources.
The asterias on the photo is not special one but it has 13 ribs and hanazono character.
This one looked a standard asterias when it was juvenile.
The appearance tuned to the current looking when it reached to a mature age.