Ariocarpus cultivar

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Ariocarpus cultivar

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I bought 20 seeds of Ariocarpus retusus v furfuraceus cv Suguri cauliflower and sowed in 2005.
The germination rate was not so good and only 2 grafted seedlings survived.
One showed a hint of cauliflower character but the other did not at all unfortunately.
I built numbers by collecting seeds from these 2 scions.

I have 24 of degrafted flowering size plants.
Only one shows true cauliflower character and several others show a hint of cauliflower.
They are in flower currently but the true cauliflower one is not yet.
I collected pollen from plants shown a hint and wait the flowering of true one.

Flowers of degrafted plants
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A plant showing a hint of cauliflower
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Collected pollen, dried one day on a paper
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Pollen packed in gelatine capusuels
I keep these in fridge and wait flowering of true one.
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The true one
I am waiting the flowering of this plant.
I am quite sure this one will be in flower soon because I could see flowers in this season last year.
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The targeted species was in flower today.
I pollinated by using reserved pollen.
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Very interesting! I never thought of gel capsules for pollen storage. I also really like the looks of that cultivar! So how long does pollen remain viable in the fridge?
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I do not have so much experience with Ariocarpus.
In the case of Astrophytum, I got a successful pollination with 3 months old pollen.
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Just to clarify: you keep the pollen in the fridge, not the freezer (below 0ºC), right?
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Capsules are kept in a small plastic box with a drying medium because the material is gelatine.
The plastic box is kept in a fridge, not a freezer.
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Thank you. I tried storing pollen in a small ziplock bag for less than a week and I am now waiting to see if I have succeeded. :)
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It is the harvesting time of Ariocarpus seeds.
The A. retusus v furfuraceus cv Suguri cauliflower pushes a fruit up.
The pollination used preserved pollen shows a successful result.
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I have been waiting flowering of both cacti.
Left one is the original A. retusus v furfuraceus cv Suguri cauliflower in my place, 19 cm in diameter.
Right is a grand child of the original one.
Since the grand child shows very good character and I use this one for the next pollination.
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Very beautiful specimen!
There are more cacti in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
One of the few cactus lovers in Lebanon (zone 11a) :mrgreen:
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G'morning ElieEstephane,

Thanks for your comment.
I pollinated them yesterday afternoon.

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One of grand children which start to show a good cauliflower's character was also in flower yesterday.
I pollinated it yesterday.
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Exciting!
Don't know much about this topic but learning...
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