A paradise for cactus propagation
An astrophytum myriostigma cv kikkou was in flower in the afternoon.
The cactus is a nudum form.
The flower of myriostigma nudum form releases citrus scent.
A thelocactus heterochromus v longispinus was in flower.
I bought seeds and sowed in 2006.
Flowers of heterochromus are quite large.
Yesterday was hot. The room temperature in greenhouse reached to 40 'C.
An echinocactus horizonthalonius was in flower.
Two matured Astrophytum asterias cv miracle kabutos were in flower in the afternoon.
The attached photo is one of them, 13 cm in diameter.
A matured super kabuto was in flower in the afternoon.
As shown on the photo, this one shows kikkou patern around growing point.
I am not sure the reason but it will turn to a kikkou kabuto in future.
This is an other Discocactus, a horstii.
The cactus is a rooted off-set.
I failed rooting of this species many times but this one was taken well. It spent for 1 year to root.
A discocactus heptacanthus v griseus was in flower early in the morning.
As shown on the photo, the cactus is a variegated one.
An astrophytum asterias was in flower.
A standard asterias is yellow flowering but this one is red.
It is hard to be able to see a true red colour one and so I crossed several times to reached to "true red".
I once tried to collect Gymnocalycium with thick spines and sowed seeds in 2003/2004.
The photo is a G. spegazzinii v loricatum sown seed in 2003.
A Spegazzinii v loricatum has short thick spines.
Many matured astrophytum asterias cv super kabutos were in flower in the afternoon.
The photo is one of them. It is 13 cm in diameter.
A South American cactus, Gymnocalycium vatteri was in flower.
I bought seeds and sowed in 2004.
This species has single spines.
Several Astrophytum hakujyou fukuryu banjyaku were in flower in the afternoon.
Banjyaku is a hybrid, ornatum x myriostigma.
The hybrid is easy to root because the gene of ornatum is mixed.
The cactus on photo is a rooted off-set.
This is an other Aztekium, degrafted and rooted hintonii.
I have kept 5 rooted hintonii but only this one is flowering size.
A degrafted Aztekium ritteri was in flower.
It was degrafted but a short Pereskiopsis stock still has been remained. The cactus has relied on the stock.
I have tried to root this species but I have not gotten any successful result yet.
A matured Astrophytum asterias cv miracle kabuto was in flower in the afternoon.
I have tried to remove stain covered over the body but I have not been able to find a good method yet.
A rooted off-set of Pelecyphora aselliformis was in flower yesterday afternoon.
As you can see this one has a thin petals flower.
I could also see the same flower last year.
A young grafted Aztekium valdezii was in flower.
This one was give by my friend 2 years ago.
I have been studying how I can increase quantity of this species.
An Epithelantha micromeris v neomexicana was in flower in the afternoon.
Flowers of Epithelantha are very small.
Seeds were given by my friend and sowed on 30th September 2006.
Epithelantha is self-fertile and formed red fruits without forced pollination.
A South American cactus, gymnocalycium ambatoense was in flower yesterday afternoon.
I once collected many species of Gymnocalycium with strong spines.
I lost them gradually and just small numbers have been remained.
It is a good sunshine day today.
A mammillaria herrerae in 6.5 cm square pot was in flower in the afternoon.
I expect more Mammillaria will be in flower soon.