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Josh's 2012

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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:42 am

Today Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri was flowering. It's hard to get the flowers to open all the way in late winter.
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Also flowering is some Dodecatheon clevelandii. Not very succulent, but they do have tuberous roots. These are among the first wildflowers to go in the spring here. Took these 3 years from seed to really get going.
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby peterb » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:53 pm

wow, love those wildflowers. And the Titanopsis is a great one. Is hug-schlecteri as cold hardy as calcarea?

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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:22 pm

I haven't killed either at 26.8'F in my unheated GH.
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby Enzo » Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:18 pm

Fantastic photos! How old are those tiny Blossfeldia seedlings?? Thanks for sharing
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby iann » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:45 pm

peterb wrote:wow, love those wildflowers. And the Titanopsis is a great one. Is hug-schlecteri as cold hardy as calcarea?

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No, but it is pretty good to about 25F. Not much more in my experience, but maybe with drier conditions. Definitely not the 0F or so that T. calcarea can take. It is also generally trickier, more sensitive to incorrect watering.
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:01 am

Blossfeldias were sown 10/27.
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:01 am

This weekend:
Muscari are blooming:
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Mammillaria sanchez-mejorade:
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Stenocactus ssp.
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Turb valdezianus:
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby peterb » Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:02 am

wow, look at those "sine wave ribs" on that Stenocactus! so cool.

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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby CoronaCactus » Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:06 am

Sweet!
How about Stenocactus coptonogonus?
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby Arjen » Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:08 am

lovely flowers!
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:20 pm

CoronaCactus wrote:Sweet!
How about Stenocactus coptonogonus?


That one looks like it's due in about a week.

When stenocacti hunker down for the winter they get maximum waviness. When the stretch up and inflate in the spring they'll straighten out more. I haven't watered them since oct, and won't for another month or so.
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:11 am

These guys are fast/robust enough that I sowed them with saran wrap and a rubber band instead of a full baggie. I use electrical tape to close the drain holes and only mist them. Tape will come off when they graduate to the GH.
Avonia papyracea
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Acanthocalxium glaucum
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Ferocactus fordii littoralis
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Ferocactus chrysacanthus - much slower than fero fordii
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Ariocarpus kotsch. v. elephantidens
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Coryphantha tripugionacantha
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Ornithogalum sardienii
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I think my Aztekium hintonii are larger than these ornithogalum...
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby Minime8484 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:58 pm

Really nice seedling! Great work!
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:17 am

The aloe variegata in an outdoor bed are popping right now. I've found these to be quite hardy in the ground. (hardy by soggy frosty CA winter standards)
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Last year only one bloomed, next year should be nuts.
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Re: Josh's 2012

Postby promethean_spark » Thu May 03, 2012 7:59 am

Things are coming along well with the seedlings. Many will graduate to the GH soon.
Strombocactus siedelii (6mos)
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Aztekium hintonii (6mos)
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Strombocactus disiformis (18mos)
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Geohintonia (6mos)
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Blossfeldia formosa (18mos)
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Blossfeldia spec rio icla (6mos)
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I'm not always so patient...
Pediocactus knowltonii (2mo)
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Echinocactus grusoni v brevispinus (these guys are very weak seedlings - 6 months)
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