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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby Arjen » Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:59 am

indeed! a lovely flower and great picture of it!
With apologies to the late Professor C. D. Darlington the following misquotation springs to
mind ‘cactus taxonomy is the pursuit of the impossible by the incompetent’ - Fearn & Pearcy, Rebutia (1981)
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby peterb » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:31 pm

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Echinofossulocactus anfractuosus
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Experimenting with the new tripod and the timer, taking some macro pics of seedlings at 1 month after sowing.

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Austrocactus bertinii
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Mammillaria slevinii
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Peniocereus cuixmalensis
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby CoronaCactus » Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:40 am

You got that working right :)
The shine on the Peniocereus is great!
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby peterb » Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:27 am

Thanks man! Yeah, I had just sprayed. it's not always that wet.

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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby RichR » Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:04 pm

Great looking seedlings, Peter. Do you have any tips for germinating austrocactus seeds? I got some from Mesa recently.

Also, at what age/size do you start separating seedlings into their own pots?
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby peterb » Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:55 pm

The Austrocactus was 2 out of 5 for me, under normal conditions. Moist, humid environment under the dome, 80 during the day and 68 or so at night. I would have preferred 5 out of 5 but I'll try to nurse these two up.

I usually don't separate seedlings until about 12-18 months, sometimes longer for the slow ones. It all depends on size and pot conditions and density.

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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby TimN » Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:41 pm

Wonderful looking seedlings and great pictures! I find it tough to get good detail on seedlings.
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby peterb » Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:08 pm

Was out working on 2-5 year old seedlings today. It's so great when they finally start to develop some adult characteristics. Not to mention flower, which a few of them might do this year, from a few years ago.

Bunch of pics:
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Escobaria duncanii from Mesa Garden (not from my own sowing), getting ready to flower, which is cool.
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A cool plant, Escobaria missouriensis asperispina. I had no idea it formed such huge taproots!
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another asperispina
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Mammillaria meridiorosei, SB3. (considered a form of wilcoxii now I guess).
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The beautiful Mammillaria viridiflora SB69.
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An unknown Mammillaria. tayloriorum maybe? sown 5 years ago. I lost the tags.
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Acharagma roseana galeanense
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One of about 10 Grusonia pulchella. I finally figured out how to keep these going. Sandy soil, winter water.
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Fero from Baja after about 4 years.
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Ancistrocactus megarhizus.
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby Minime8484 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:06 am

Really nice seedlings! They all look so healthy!
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby peterb » Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:50 pm

Thanks Tristan. I love growing from seed. Some more general collection photos attached.
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E. viridiflorus davisii again, great colors.
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three2 year old Echinocereus ×lloydii (look ma, proper hybrid notation!)
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Three 2 year olds from the same packet of Mesa Garden seed, supposedly E. milleri from Coke County. hmmmm...
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Pedio winkleri RP132 getting ready to flower
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Ancistrocactus scheeri.
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Thelo bicolor schwartzii (I think)
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An all time favorite, Glandulicactus wrightii GL704
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Echinomastus unguispinus from Gomez Palacio with buds hidden by the spines.
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Echinocereus baileyi
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Echinocereus rigidissimus rubispinus from the type locale.
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby Harriet » Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:36 pm

Lovely collection. I envy you your talent with sowing cactus seeds. My luck in that area has been abysmal at best. I get a great crop of newborns that die from one affliction or another and break my heart in the process. So I keep telling myself three things: I am too old to see many of them grow large; if they all grew I would have to move them to much larger quarters; and, this forum is a great place to watch other folk's cacti grow.

Bottom line? Keep posting! I need thrills, even if they must be of the vicarious variety. :lol:
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby mughal113 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:35 pm

Great work done Peterb. I'm really a fan of your skills.
That is a deadly red color fero, love it.
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby gemhunter178 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:56 pm

Wow! Amazing color on those spines, just amazing! =D>
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby peterb » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:57 pm

Harriet, the trick to the results I get from sowing seed is I just keep sowing. For every plant that makes it under my conditions, there's probably 50 that die. Maybe that's an exaggeration...not sure. I don't keep records because it's too depressing. :-) I do generally group seed sowing of various species in three categories: down cold, still learning and repeatedly fail. I have found too that if I can move a few of the "repeatedly fail" over to the "still learning categry," all is well.

Re: the super red spines on the fero, that's how it looks post watering. I love how water brings out spine colors.

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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby Tony » Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:15 am

There is nothing quite like a wet Ferocactus! 8)
Great looking seedlings.
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