Strombocactus

meloman(BangkokThailand)December 26, 2005

These flowers are having hard time openning because the long spines are blocking the way. Also have another one blooming so I'll make seeds.

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Joelfriday(9)

Very nice!

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 9:45AM
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alex_AZ(9aAZ)

Lucky you! Mine are just showing buds :-)

Alex

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 9:54AM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Those are great plants.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 4:30PM
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cactuspolecat(Tasmania Aust)

Those are OLD great plants, Pijaya. Older than the Meloman??

CP

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 5:03PM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Probably older than me. To demonstrate my faith in the future, I have a packet of S. disciformis (var. esperanzae) seeds to sow this spring. I would love to see them through to this size.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 5:08PM
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alex_AZ(9aAZ)

S&B;
I wish you the best with those seeds!! I tried them a couple of times, some friends tried them too, not good results (0%)regular disciformis germinates like weed, the trick is keeping them alive :-)

Alex

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 5:44PM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

That's interesting (worrying?), Alex. Were all the seeds from the same batch? Possibly from the same source even though purchased separately? The only other person I have spoken to about this subspecies (although I suspect there are more out there) got 75% germination with a fairly straightforward pot in a bag technique, with generous limestone in the soil.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 5:55PM
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meloman(BangkokThailand)

thanks, I think this might be older than me as when it was imported from Japan about 7 years ago it has grown very little. The base tend to become brown and corky

I also had the same experience with Alex that is 0% germination for esperanzae. Maybe the seeds were old or collected from habitat and stored for a long time.

Pijaya

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 11:27PM
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astrophytumfreak

Nice!
Dan

    Bookmark   December 27, 2005 at 3:40PM
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alex_AZ(9aAZ)

S&B;
These seeds were from the same supplier, purchased at different times, my guess is that they were old seeds...

Alex

    Bookmark   December 27, 2005 at 4:49PM
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