Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Cactus / retusus

A degrafted Ariocarpus retusus v major cv Daruma-royal was in flower.
I bought seeds and sowed in 2004.
Selected young seedlings were grafted on Hylocereus and degrafted later with a short vascular bundle of the stock.
The plant relied on the vascular bundle a while but it was switched over to own-roots.
I confirmed it during last repotting.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Cactus / elongatus

A young grafted Ariocarpus retusus v elongatus was in flower.
This one is just 1 year and 6 months old.
The stock is Pereskiopsis.
I will degraft this next spring.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Cactus / furfuraceus

I bought 20 seeds of Ariocarpus retusus v furfuraceus cv Suguri-cauliflower and sowed in 2005.
Unfortunately only this one shows the character of cauliflower.
It is not significant but I believe the gene is mixed in.
Some of descendants of this species show the character.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Cactus / retusus

A grafted Ariocarpus retusus v major was in flower.
I bought seeds as A. retusus v major cv mitsuibo (tri-fingers) but I could not see the character of cultivar at all unfortunately.
It will happen quite often if you bought cactus seeds and propagated.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Cactus / super kabuto

The size of asterias flower in autumn is quite small.
The attached photo is a super kabuto opened a flower yesterday.
As you can see, the flower is very small.
Fruits also need long time to ripen in autumn.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Cactus / asterias

Although it has been in autumn, some asterias have still been in flower.
The photo is one of them, quite old.
I sowed seeds in 2000.
Flowers come out from unusual locations.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Cactus / fissuratus

It is again an Ariocarpus fissuratus, in flower yesterday.
This one is propagated from a seed. Own-rooted fissuratus grow very slowly.
I sowed seeds in September 2006.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Cactus / fissuratus

A degrafted young Ariocarpus fissuratus was in flower.
It is just 2 years old.
A short Pereskiosis, 15 mm is remained and buried in the potting-mix.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Cactus / Ariocarpus hybrid

A grafted Ariocarpus hybrid, kotschoubeyanus x bravoanus v hintonii was in flower in this afternoon.
I sowed seeds in 2009 and grafted 12 of young seedlings.
Scions show various appearance.
This one looks like between kotschoubeyanus and hintonii.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Cactus / furfuraceus

Several degrafted Ariocapus retusus v furfuraceus were in flower.
They are 4 years old.
The gene of cauliflower is mixed but I have not been able to see the character yet.
The photo is one of them, 12 cm diameter.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Cactus / hintonii

Degrafted young Ariocarpus bravoanus v hintoniis were in flower yesterday.
They are just 2 years old.
I sowed seeds in 2013 and grafted onto Pereskiopsis stocks.
They were degrafted last spring.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Cactus / intermedius

Various Ariocarpus have been in flower.
The photo is a grafted A. fissuratus v intermedius.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Cactus / retusus

A grafted Ariocarpus retusus v bicolor was also in flower yesterday.
Many other Ariocarpus push flowering buds up.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Cactus / fissuratus

A grafted Ariocarpus fissuratus (standard form) was in flower yesterday.
It is still warm but I believe it is surely in autumn.
Cactus know the change of the season.