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Seedling photos

Postby peterb » Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:10 pm

It's been a funny experiment over here, growing thousands of plants without a greenhouse. The 4 large boxes of seedlings spent the winter outside, with nights in the outside room with the water heater in it. The plants did really well but have yet to truly wake up, well at least most of them. Some of the cooler night growers like Escobaria and Cochemiea and Echinomastus are putting on a lot of new growth now. Pictures soon.

Meanwhile, I sowed *a lot* of seeds this year too. Some pics of the 2 month old Echinocactus/Echinomastus:

Echinocactus polycephalus, Inyo County, slowed way down since germination. But still putting on growth:
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The xeranthemoides Meadview bunch:
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Echinomastus intertextus, Santa Cruz County AZ:
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E. erectocentrus:
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erectocentrus 'acunensis' Florence, dramatically different spines already visible:
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johnsonii lutescens, Wickenburg:
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durangensis, MG seed:
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mariposensis, MG seed:
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Other recent sowings, Astrophytum asterias, 2 months:
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Two tiny Echinomastus hsipidus, 5 weeks old:
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Echinocactus parryi, 3 out of 10, 4 weeks:
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Overcrowded Echinocereus engelmannii chrysocentrus from near Meadview, 2 months:
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Woefully oversown Astrophytum ccapricorne senile (l) and Escobaria tuberculosa (r):
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Glandulicactus uncinatus, black flowers someday I hope, DJF615
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Some of the seedlings from last year had a very cosseted winter on the indoor windowsill. A group of Wilcoxia albiflora and some Neoevansia viperina, diguettii and Wilcoxia schmollii:
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Slower growing Wilcoxia poselgeri:
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A variety of Baja plants, Cochemiea halei, maritima, Echinocereus ferreirianus lindsayi, other Baja Mammillaria:
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Hope you enjoyed these seedling pics!

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Postby John C » Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:42 pm

Very nice seedling pics!! Your plants are looking great!!! 8)
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Postby Andy_CT » Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:43 pm

Wow, a whole lot of great looking stuff there!!
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Postby peterb » Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:57 am

thanks, it's the most fun I ever had with my clothes on. :-)

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Postby CoronaCactus » Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:01 am

TFS :)
They all look really great!
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Postby peterb » Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:38 pm

It's awesome when the small plants start to head toward how they look as adults. The Echinomastus seem to do this very early. Some others don't put on adult spines or ribs for a long time. Echinofossulocactus multicostatus, for example, from last year is still tubercles, no ribs yet.

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Postby iann » Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:49 pm

Cochemiea grow best with cool nights? Apparently this may be one and I'm not entirely sure what to do with it.
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Postby peterb » Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:40 pm

Ian, great looking plant! I think it just might be Cochemiea halei. This is one of those Pacific Coast, sort of meditteranean climate, fog-watered species, as far as I know. The seedlings have appreciated fairly constant temps day and night inside and the outside ones just started waking up with days in the 70sF and nights in the 50s.

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Postby daiv » Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:03 am

Those are really doing great Peter! Lots of stuff that not many others are growing too!
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Postby Tony » Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:50 am

I agree, lots of highly desirable stuff in that lot. =P~

Looking good. 8)
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Postby iann » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:52 pm

days in the 70sF and nights in the 50s


Those pampered plants in the Arizona desert! One or two warm nights here have stayed above 50F, most haven't. They're forecasting below 40F tonight again. The greenhouse has topped 100F once and regularly above 90F. I'll move this one nearer the door with the other "cool" plants. It survived -4C (25F) over the winter but it really wasn't happy about it.
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Postby *Barracuda_52* » Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:35 am

:shock: WOW Peter they all look FANTASTIC :wink: and i love the durangensis MG seedlings they look like they have little snow flakes stuck all over them how cute are they and the tubby Astrophytum asterias look awsome. There all so adorable when tiny like that.. :D
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Postby peterb » Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:37 pm

I think the durangensis juvenile spines are great too. I'd like to take some super macro shots of some of these juvenile spines someday. Lots of cacti have very different spines before they "grow up," so to speak.

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