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My Echinocactus collection
« on: Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 22:39:32 »
Hello guys !!!!
I know you all go mad about astrophitum . . . . . but I'm an Echinocactus lover !!!
And just wanted to show you my small collection,
no strange cultivars or strange shapes,
Just normal stuff  ;)
Hope you enjoy my barrels !!!
First one is just a normal curvispinus/brevispinus,
Second one I bought in sicily and was suppose to be a flavispinus, but after a couple of years turned this way, kind of brownish colour
tird one is a normal grusonii with very twisted spines .... so "wild" :D
forth one I stole to my mother and since then I fall in love with this strange plants

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 22:57:52 »
I keep them in the countryside, southern Italy, no greenhouse ,
just some roof overhang to protect them from heavy winter rain,
they have small scars because of very strong sunlight and because of some freezing mornings
usually in febrary/march ( -3°/-6° Celsius degrees)
1)E. grusonii inermis
2) ingens
3) setispinus, the  so called cv. Scarascia
4) different sized texensis
I'll Keep posting some pictures tomorrow !!!

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 09:16:30 »
First E. texensis is a very old and big specimen,
It shows a whiteish  side, that come out this spring,
because of a very strong sunlight, so I put it in a more shaded position !!!
The second one it's a smaller specimen,
but with very nice central spines with double tip !!!

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 10:43:07 »
Having finished the Echinocactus in the countryside I'll go for those living with me in my town,
Smaller house, smaller plants, enjoy :
1) This tennis-ball sized E. grusoni monstruose took a lot (at least one year) after repotting, to show new growth signs
2) This xeranthemoides ( rock dwellers) is grafted on an echinopsis
3) This small horizonthalonius seedling is grafted on opuntia, but at the moment doesn't look like growing very fast

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 11:37:15 »
1) This small puppy is suppose to be a new species (they say so), the so called diabolicus,
     a sort of natural hybrid between horizonthalonius and platyacanthus
2) Its field number is VZD1037
3) I've got the grafted version as well

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 12:33:42 »
1) This is a E. parryi L1372 grafted in Echinopsis or Trichocereus . . . I don't remember  :P
2) An other L1372, I just wanted to show you the one grafted on Eriocereus, and wanted you to focus  your
    attention on the different spines between the two different stocks
     (In my opinion Eriocereus looks like working better)
3) This E. horizonthalonius BIG68, despite of its size, is among my favorite plants,
    the only concern is about its growing speed, it's very very very slow :-\
    one or two areolas for year

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 15:48:13 »
Some more horizonthalonius :
1) This is a couple of brothers (AL 241) from Texas, whose wolly top is about to flower
2) Same plant but closer shot
3) These two BIG 93 are a bit smaller, and come from a sicilian grower
   called Ignazio Blando
4) Same plant . . .  closer shot :)

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 15:55:03 »
Here we go, one of them is flowering . . .
Flowering lasted two days and I didn't have the canche to pollinate the second specimen,
this one flowered only when the first plant finished is blooming (same thing happened in 2013) :( :-[

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 16:00:02 »
In the end I just want to show you some very nice two years old seedlings,
Iwas looking forward to having this stuff . . . . and after a very big effort I DID IT !!!
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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 16:53:04 »
all very good looking! your seedlings are the best :)
Carlo & Daniele

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 21:43:58 »
Hi I really appreciate your compliments  :) !!!!
Those seedlings made me sweat for 15 months,
I cannot tell you how hard was getting them properly settled and stabilized.
Now They look pretty good but still have some mortality !!!

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 22:17:57 »
Interesting collection! I agree: the seedlings are very good looking.

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #12 on: Friday, 30 May 2014 - 20:17:26 »
Thank you Andrea, I really appreciate !!!

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #13 on: Tuesday, 03 June 2014 - 21:53:20 »
Nice collection!

I also collect Echinocactus like parryii, polycephalus and horizonthalonius.
The flowers are very nice.

Echinocactus parryii


Ech. horiz. white flower (no subikii ;) )




The first plant is the latest ;)

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday, 03 June 2014 - 22:01:21 »
Echinocactus horizonthalonius, near San Roberto, SLP, Mexico:


Echinocactus parryii, picture from 2012
The first plant is the latest ;)

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #15 on: Thursday, 05 June 2014 - 12:33:50 »
Hi Ario,
Thanks for sharing these amazing shots  :D !!!
I also really like that picture of those two "guys \O/" taken on the field !!!
But what make me really curios is the plant with white flower . . .
I've always thought that horizonthalonius with white flowers were ssp. subikii,
but apparently I'm wrong  ???
Tell me more if it pleases you !!! ;)

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Re: My Echinocactus collection
« Reply #16 on: Sunday, 20 July 2014 - 22:12:20 »
Hello Mikey,

the white flowering horizonthalonius grow in the near of Dr. Arroyo, and this habitat is over 60 km away from the subikii habitat.
These plants have really white flower, not only 10 percent like the subikii (the other 90 percent flower white-pink)





Doe you have interest in seed of this species?
The first plant is the latest ;)

 

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