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Old 02-09-2014, 02:06 PM
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A new year, a new thread. Trials and tribulations of the odd experience of growing cacti where it is too hot and there's too much sun. :-)

Hope you enjoy the pics. I'll add whenever anything interesting is happening (by my lights, that is. Fortunately, one can't see yawns on a forum....) :-) I'm curious if there's a way to add captions?

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Old 02-09-2014, 11:10 PM
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Sweet little gems you have there.

It's funny how most folks think what I grow are cactus, and that I had to put them under shadecloth to allow them to grow better, and that I do have to water them regularly.

Hey if it was easy everyone would be doin' it.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:05 PM
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Thanks for posting these! I'm not normally much for cacti, but this one is cool...what is it?
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They're coryphantha species. A favorite of mine.
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Those are great Peter, nice going. Hey I found this little guy on one of my agave hunts. Martin
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:14 PM
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Hi, Melt, the cactus trio is Echinomastus laui, three different collection numbers. They do resemble Corys a little bit, it's true. I'm hoping to get some flowers this season.

Great bisbeeana, Martin.

Some more pics, just ask if you are curious about ID.

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Old 02-19-2014, 08:07 PM
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some more pics, hope you enjoy them.

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Is that Epithelantha in bloom right now? Which species? My micromeris is still pushing fruit from last spring's flowers.
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:21 AM
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Yes, it started flowering about a week ago. SB321, E. greggii or micromeris greggii, Cuesta la Muralla, Coahuila.

Some stuff getting started a little early this year; seems like temps have been about 10 degrees above normal a few days.

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some more.

love the more dark purple/magenta flowers of Echinofossulocactus ochoteranaus and the strange green/brown flowers of Echinomastus durangensis. I've been happy that the Sclero parviflorus manages to survive and flower here; it's a higher altitude collection from the Four Corners.

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Great Photos Peter.
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Thanks!

A few more today. I love the way cactus flowers grow over time and change colors, sometimes darkening, sometimes getting lighter shades.

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Great photos, Peter. I really like the blooms on the Echinofossulocactus ochoteranaus.

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Thanks. Yeah, that flower is still going, after several days, and it grows every day.

Yesterday, a seed grown Echinomastus warnockii 'pallidus' flowered, great big pale flowers.

A few other things going on. Nice flowers on Echinofossulocactus crispatus, with a very long style. Echinofossulocactus phyllacanthus violaciflorus. Seed grown Astrophytum capricorne 'crassispinoides' starting to wake up a bit. Echinocereus weedinii. Echinocereus viridiflorus ssp. correllii and palmeri.

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some more pics of flowers and some of the plants waking up a bit more. It seems it may have been too mild and/or short a winter for some of the Escobaria and Echinocereus to be very enthused about flowering. We shall see.

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Some more recent action, now into early March already! Love the flowers of Echinocereus laui.

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a few more things waking up here in the 80+ degree days. The first is an Echinocereus hybrid that came from open pollinated seed. I think it's palmeri X papillosus angusticeps, but not sure. Escobaria from seed, lost the tags. Hate that. It's probably guadalupensis, but might be organensis. Flowers will help. The last photo is Echinomastus durangensis mapimiensis from seed, first flower on its way.

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a few more things to look at out on the porch.

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last day of winter 2014, a few flowers. The somewhat gaudy Echinocereus flower is a hybrid, possibly chisoensis with palmeri.

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some more happenings.

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Nice Peter, thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for visiting!

some more stuff from the past few days. A little lull between the early bloomers and some of the hot weather bloomers. Thought I'd include a few pics of the very few Agave/Haworthia I grow. If I had ground to plant them in, I'd grow a lot more Agave. If I had more shade and cooler weather, I'd get into the Haworthia big time.

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Esco leei and some other stuff. It never gets cold enough here in Phoenix for leei to get very excited about flowering.

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The main flowering season is winding down here in Phoenix as it usually does before May. Soon, a big heat wave will come along and knock a lot of cacti into dormancy for the summer. I've been interested to see that some cacti wake up again and start growing in late fall, when the days are hot but nights are cool again. Fortunately we rarely get early frosts here so that isn't a problem.

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