Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Cactus / red flowering asterias

Although it is in autumn and the maximum temperature of mid day is just high 20s, asterias are still in flower.
2 red flowering asterias were in flower. I pollinated them.
The attached photo is one of them.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Cactus / Big Bend

This is a degrafted Ariocarpus fissuratus f Big Bend.
It is hard to say how different from a standard fissuratus but the surface of tubercles is smoother than that of standard one, I think.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Cactus / intermedius

A grafted Ariocarpus fissuratus v intermedius was in flower.
It seems fissuratus related species are in flower very early in autumn.
I just have 2 flowering size plants but 24 of grafted young ones are following up.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Cactus / hintonii

The attached photo is a grafted Ariocarpus bravoanus v hintonii.
 A hintonii grows very slowly and takes years to reach a flowering age if it was own-root plant.
You can see flowers in 2~3 years if you graft.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Cactus / fissuratus

Autumn has been in here.
Several grafted Ariocarpus were in flower today.
This is one of them, fissuratus.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Cactus / myriostigma

It is a standard form of A. myriostigma staying in my greenhouse more than 10 years.
I could see a flower yesterday.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Cactus / kikkou

An astrophytum  myriostigma cv kikkou was in flower in the afternoon.
I removed shade cloths covered over the roof of greenhouse early in the morning.
The brightness in the greenhouse has returned as like summer days.
It may affect on the flowering.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Cactus / kikkou

A matured Astrophytum myriostigma cv khoyo, kikkou was in flower yesterday.
This cactus has khoyo gene but it is no longer turning body color because of a mature age.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Cactus / hintonii

2 degrafted Ariocarpus bravoanus v hintonii were in flower in this morning.
They were degrafted last year with a short stock of Pereskiopsis.
The body is quite small, in a 65 mm square pot.
The photo is one of them.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Cactus / intermedius

A grafted 1 year old Ariocarpus fissuratus v intermedius was in flower.
I grafted 24 young seedlings onto Pereskiopsis stocks.
It will be also in flower all others soon.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Cactus / ornatum

A South american cactus, Gymnocalycium spagazzinii v ornatum was in flower.
I collected south american cacti with strong spines once but I have stopped it.
Since spines are quite long, the flower is limited to open completely.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Cactus / red flowering asterias

Although autumn has begun, hot days, mid 30s 'C have continued.
Many aserias were in flower yesterday.
The attached photo is one of them, a red flowering asterias.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Cactus / bicolor

2 grafted Ariocarpus retusus v bicolors were in flower in the morning.
I bought 10 seeds and sowed in 2006.
Several young seedlings were grafted for the purpose of seed collection.
The attached photo is one of them.