Friday, May 27, 2005

Flowering Nestor

Today the oldest cactus in my collection (a Lophophora williamsii named Nestor;-) flowered for the first time this year. I bought it in 1992 as a small plant in a flower shop, i.e. I don’t know the exact age of the plant nor do I have any locality information (except that it probably originates from a commercial Dutch grower ;-).

Lophophora williamsii in flower

The flower backlit by the sun

The photo of the backlit flower doesn’t do full justice to the sight – the sunlit flower has an almost mother-of-pearl sheen to it.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Sowing in the rough

If I don’t chicken out, the plants growing from the seeds sown today are going to spend the rest of their lives in an unheated greenhouse in Denmark. 30 seeds of each of the below species were sown.

  • Acharagma aguirreana (RSM 396; Sierra Paila, Coahuila)
  • Acharagma roseana (LX 578; Ramon Arizpe, Coahuila)
  • Lophophora williamsii v.decipiens
  • Lophophora williamsii (RS 268; Huizache, San Luis Potosí)

I also sowed some leftovers from last year. 10 seeds each of:

  • Lophophora diffusa (JR; Higuerillas, Queretaro)
  • Lophophora williamsii (SB 854; Starr Co, Texas)

A cold house batch of the two latter species was also sowed last spring. Most plants survived the winter and are now resuming growth.

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