Astrophytum asterias

Astrophytum asterias

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Cactus / asterias

Small asterias were in flower in the afternoon.
They all have reddish flowers.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Cactus / disciformis

I could harvest seeds of Strombocactus disciformis from my cacti.
Steeds were sown in a plastic container, over tissue paper.
The photo is 24 days after sowing.
The germination rate with this method is quite reasonable.
Seedlings are very small and growing very slowly.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Cactus / fused scions

Fused scions grafted in November last year have grown well.
The attached photo is one of them, Astrophytum myriostigma cv Onzuka + Ariocarpus retusus v forfuraceus cv Suguri cauliflower.
It seems Astrophytum grows faster than Ariocarpus.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Cactus / variegated asterias

2 variegated asterias were in flower in the afternoon today.
They are still small, around 5 cm in diameter.
The photo is one of them.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Cactus / asterias

An asterias was in flower.
Although a standard asterias has 8 ribs, this one has 13 ribs.
5 ribs were added when the cactus reached to a mature age.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Cactus / miracle kabuto

The photo is my oldest miracle kabuto, sown seed in 2004.
I think this one shows a typical appearance of miracle kabuto.
The current size is 18 cm in diameter.
I hope it could reach to 20 cm in diameter which is my target size.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Cactus / Super kabuto

A matured super kabuto was in flower.
This one is just abut starting to show the character of Hanazono.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Cactus / hanazono kabuto

A matured hanazono kabuto was in flower yesterday.
It looked an ordinal asterias when it was young.
It has turned to a wonderful asterias as you can see.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Cactus / red flowering asterias

Many asterias were in flower in the afternoon.
The photo is on of them, 2nd filial red flowering hanazono kabuto.
The cactus was degrafted last September and rooted.
It has not shown yet the character of hanazon at all.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Cactus / loricatum

A gymnocalycium spegazzinii v loricatum was in flower in the afternoon.
Cacti propagated from a same seed pack show various spine length.
This one has very short spines.
Seed was sown in 2003.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Cactus / ornatum

A gymnocalycium spegazzinii ornatum was in flower in the afternoon.
I bought seeds and sowed in 2004.
A seedling was grafted once but it was degrafted and rooted in 2006.