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peterb's 2012

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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby tumamoc » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:14 am

Nice! I hope the Echinomastus pull through. I'm pretty stoked 'cause my young-looking E. erectocentrus v. acunensis has got flower buds for the first time. How long do you think it takes it go from seedling to flowering age?
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby peterb » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:28 am

They flower very young in habitat, so I'd guess about 5 years? I have never been able to grow one from seed to flower. I have a couple that are getting up there.
I think Bruno has gotten them to flowering size from seed. Maybe he knows how long it takes in italy. :-)

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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby peterb » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:42 pm

Some photos of a few things. Spring is very, very slowly springing here. Very mild winter this year, but rather dry here in Tempe this past 6 weeks.
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Echinomastus durangensis seedlings at 3 weeks.
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Echinomastus unguispinus seedlings, icicle spines.
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another davisii flower photo. love how these viridiflorus group types have flower color darkening over time.
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The first of what will probably be dozens of Mammillaria estebanensis flowers. Love this plant.
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Echinocereus reichenbachii albispinus seedlings, just starting to get some spines.
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Neolloydia matehualensis.
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New growth starting on the burst grower, Escobaria sneedii ssp. sneedii.
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A small group of 4 year old Astrophytum seedlings. crassispinoides in the front, columnare, coahuilense.
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3 year old Echinofossulocactus mulitcostatus seedling. Ribs! for two years, it had tubercles. I completely missed the formation of these ribs. very sneaky!
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Echinofossulocactus erectocentrus.
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby iann » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:32 pm

Lots going on there. Little going on here. Pediocactus are fat, hard to see any movement on anything else. I'll be test watering some E. polycephalus soon. I tried Mammillaria tetrancistra but no big response.
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby billdee » Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:40 am

Everything looks great peter!
One of my future goals is to raise a cactus from seed to flower. That would be cool. 8)
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby peterb » Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:30 pm

Raising from seed to flower is wonderful. There are some species that can go from sowing to flower in about 18-36 months. I tend not to grow those and aim for some of the slower stuff that's more like 4-8 years to flower. The key thing for me of course is to not wait for flowers. haha. I like looking at seedlings, so I'm enjoy the plants from the day they sprout, not holding my breath. It is really cool when the slow ones start to put on adult characteristics.

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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby peterb » Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:46 pm

A few more pics.
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Peniocereus greggii two year olds, RAR11 form the Peloncillos.
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New growth on Ancistrocactus scheeri.
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Ancistrocactus tobuschii seedling from 2 years ago. I seem to be getting better at not killing these. I hope to get some flowers within a few years.
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A 4 year old tobuschii, different collection number and different spines.
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New growth on 2 year old Ferocactus fordii.
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby billdee » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:07 pm

peterb wrote:Raising from seed to flower is wonderful. There are some species that can go from sowing to flower in about 18-36 months. I tend not to grow those and aim for some of the slower stuff that's more like 4-8 years to flower. The key thing for me of course is to not wait for flowers. haha. I like looking at seedlings, so I'm enjoy the plants from the day they sprout, not holding my breath. It is really cool when the slow ones start to put on adult characteristics.

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You need to grow some Aztekium ritteri then. :) I read that they only grow 1 mm or 2 per year, or something like that if I remember correctly. I personally don't like grafting too speed up growth, but that's my personal preference though, and I agree with you that is enjoyable to watch slow growers to go through their changes before reaching maturity.
Nice new pics by the way.
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby peterb » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:58 pm

A friend of mine got me a tripod and I was experimenting with it yesterday a little bit. I haven't ever used one. I look forward to learning more about how it can improve photos. The macros do seem sharper to me. The first three photos are not with the tripod.

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Echinocereus davisii. not the greatest depth of field.
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echinofossulocactus species.
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Mammillaria schumannii, recovering nicely from some bad scorching last summer.
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Cochemiea maritima.
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new growth on Escobaria alversonii.
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Epithelantha micromeris greggii
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20 years ago, this was a single stem of about 4 cm.
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It's a cool Echinofossulocactus that was mislabeled "albatus."
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Buds on an Echinomastus at 4 years old from seed.
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby mughal113 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:34 pm

Definitely much sharper... you were not doing bad without that tripod either :-)
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby hob » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:58 pm

another tip is to use the self timer .........lets the camera settle after pressing the shutter.
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby peterb » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:00 am

Thanks for that tip, Hob. It's easy to use the timer on the Sony Cybershot. Here's a couple pics of Mammillaria estebanensis using tripod and timer.

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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby Lazz » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:52 am

Nice plants. The Mammillaria shots look great.
A handy tip about the timer as well. I will definitely give that a go. :D
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby mughal113 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:00 pm

Nice plants and amazing photos :-)
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Re: peterb's 2012

Postby RichR » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:09 pm

Beautiful shots of the M. estebanensis!
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