I recently shipped off about 300 seedlings to forum members Darryl and Jen for them to grow on and sell through CoronaCactus, but of course kept some for myself. The cool thing about growing from seed is the great abundance of plants one ends up with, even if a lot of stuff rots, fries, or otherwise expires.
It's also a fairly painless way to grow some plants you just can't buy anywhere.
Not sure if I'll do a sowing this year as we are moving at the end of June, but here's some from the past two years. I learn something new every time I do this. I highly recommend seed growing! It's one of my favorite parts of the hobby.
These are all 2 years or 1 yr. 9 mos.:
Echinocereus waldeisii, a tuberous-rooted Wilcoxia type first described back in the '90s and then lumped completely erroneously into poselgeri:
Peniocereus greggii from the Peloncillo Mountains, very red but fairly robust:
Long, leggy, lanky Wilcoxia albiflora (Echinocereus leucanthus)
Mammillaria cerralboa, great spine colors:
Mammillaria tetrancistra (very touchy from seed! really needs to be dry a lot of the year, but loves winter moisture with cool temps and quick drying soil)
Fouqueria diguettii, "Palo Adan," seems very slow in the Phoenix climate, in a pot anyway. This is the growing season, through June or so:
Astrophytum myriostigma columnaris:
Closer view of the wildy tuberculate E. multicostatus (this is the true form and will eventually have probably more than 100 ribs):
Astrophytum capricorne crassispinoides, wild cat whisker spines:
These are all 9 months old, from last Feb:
Astrophytum capricorne senile, my plant seems to have selfed:
Echinomastus johnsonii lutescens:
A couple of views of Echinocactus parryi:
Coryphantha robustispina robustispina:
Echinocactus polycephalus Inyo County:
E. polycephalus Resting Springs:
E. polycephalus Newberry Springs:
Paler spined, almost yellow Echinomastus intertextus from Santa Cruz County AZ:
I also have a lot of Escobaria from two years ago, but will photograph them when they start growing again in the spring.
happy Thanksgiving all,