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  1. sagiXsagi

    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    ephedra chilensis bud/cone! making it the 3rd species I reach to cone-forming age from seed, after local foeminea and sinica. I will provide the times with the next retrospect update , as I feel another retrospect update report is building at this time Determination, persistance, passion and community friends with tips and gifts got me where I am - not a "proper soil" . Epehedras are doable and can be done in a range of climates it seems
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    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    Wow! Lots of activity , a few species seem to be flowering simultaneusly, namely minima, distachya, sinica and gerardiana You have the minima packed with female cones, and yesterday I found out it has hermied, that is It produced two male cones, something I had read some species might do. It also seems all of my distachyas are male 5 out of 6 The sinica has also amazed me this year with the rush of new growth, simply amazing, also with some cones, not yet sure about sex. I did some slight pruning a while ago, mostly to fic its shape, maybe it helped . See the previous picture above from 2 february, less than 2 months ago to see the impressive evolution Lastly the gerardiana sikkemensis has started producing cones, I think that my gerardianas are female. So in theory I could have some hybridisation. But I think only the minima is hopeful of producing some seed.
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    Youtube vids

    an arrangement of my own long-term jamming project
  5. "Retro πουτανα" is a long term jamming project around retro keyboards I gathered circa 2013-2014. Centered in D minor, it flirts with what I get as a certain brand of computer game music nostalgia + a bit of punk romanticism. I started it οn Casio MT-45, a ~1982 "kid keyboard" with mid-sized keys with an amazing appregiator egine that sounds, well 8 bit but also warm. That model is also super-bendable, like many of the MT series. Casio HT-3000 is definately one of the finest keyboards made. It's a full programmable arranger - synthesizer with a unique sound in the synth unparalleled. Definately one of the favourites in my collection and one of the most awesome sounding, unique arranger + synth keyboards ever made. In this video I am jamming some of "Retro Πουτανα" parts, in pre-programmed arrangements on the amazing 1987 Casio HT-3000. The fill-in is also programmable for each rhythm programmed, but I have left them blank, if you notice. One of the worst things about the HT-3000, as generally stated is the almost total lack of a means to store the programming of both sounds and arrangements... This means we have a super programmable arranger keyboard with a super unique sounding semi analoge synth which cries 80s and we dont have a means to store our hard work of programming . You have to do this all on the fly and keep the keyboard with the power on at all time. A couple hours with the power cord unplugged and the keyboard loses what you have made.. There is a RAM card which is super rare and if you find it, it costs as much as the keyboard, but if you really want to do serious work on this machine and you love it enough, eventually you will have to get this damn RAM card. Some one should reverse engineer this card and produce it. He could make a buck.. This machine's musical value in terms of usefulness would instantly be increased... Damn it was made to be programmed. On the other hand, not having the possibility to save, thus creating and recording whatever session made within a period of time and then its all erased.. is almost magical! It has its analogue kind of appeal I guess in any case I dont love this keyboard less because of this. The cycles of using is maybe become somewhat more creative because of this.. And while the synth programming is not practical at all, everyone is saying this in their reports about the keyboard, and yeah, its really slow and not very practical , the synth, but the arranger programming is super easy and cool... some more time is needed , and along with the manual, to programm the synth properly for a session.. Overall the Casio HT-3000 has an important place in my heart, and despite the defects, this 1987 Casio wonder with its MIDI capability is a machine that will still continue to amaze keyboard enthousiasts, as they will discover it, over the years...
  6. Hello these are both normal form and narrow leaf I was sent a couple years ago. I have sprouted these for a couple months and I brought them up the roof for the duration of the winter, so I am quite amazed they are alright and still growing.. so they are pretty hardgrown by now.... One of the pots was undug by a cat exactly after the repotting, but I thankfully managed to replant them in time and they are still alive.. Well, I have been several times in this stage of acacias, after sprouting and keeping them alive for some months but not ever reached maturity.. Any tips and suggestions are more than welcome. The pots are pretty big, compared to those I used last time several years ago. The substrate is used and exposed to the elements recucled soil. To be honest, I am giving them the ephedra treatment, even if this is propably not really rational.. That is, sprouting, and then even at 2-3 months old, repotting in a larger container - after all its a tree!
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    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    above are 4 pictures of my two recently transplanted gerardiana ssp sik in nice large containers along with freshly sown Mandragora seedlings. They are currently in a growing and sprouting boost. very happy to see this extreme growing reaction to the big pots. below are a couple (2-3) foemineas started from rooted cuttings, this barrel gets only a few dircet sun. Also in a super-happy growing mode.
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    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    ^^^ hey what's up dude, they all look amazing!! Does anyone flower? I am having 3 species flower at this time, but I dont yet know if they are male or femal. 4 distachyas, 1 minima and 1 seedgrown sinica!! I was especially amazed by the sinica flowering as this is my own sowing. My impression of sinica is fluctiating from it being pretty straight forward and only a bit extra slow as a seedling and it being harder than most species to grow, not so hardy in cold and rains and not so suitable for my climate. Also I thought it was too early for distachya to flower. We will see, maybe I see fruits too. Well some have asked about hybridisation, well, sinica and minima seem to be close genetically. So why not? here are the sinica and minima buds
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    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    Some cool pictures I took today plus some distachya pictures flowering from mid November
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    Origins of Homo sapiens

    And this is an excellent retrospective of the whole origin thing https://medium.com/@johnhawks/three-big-insights-into-our-african-origins-3fa01eb5f03?sk=1d44a1e2a218a60314361ceec4af3e38
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    Origins of Homo sapiens

    more on the consequences of Dali man being a sapiens, not erectus, like Insequents above link: https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2154934/how-fossils-found-asia-could-rewrite-history https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dali_Man
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    Origins of Homo sapiens

    Well even though it was mentioned before in this thread I had forgotten about it and re-discovered it these days. Homo naledi is so exciting, especially after the 2017 dating and finding of a second site like the first one. I expect those that are interested in the topic must have read up on this by now, but the research is ongoing, so maybe not all of you are up - to - date well here's the wiki article again https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_naledi "So where does H. naledi fit within the overall picture of human evolution in Africa? It’s still unresolved. Berger et al. suggested three scenarios: First, H. naledi belongs to one of the lineages leading to H. habilis, H. rudolfensis, H. floresiensis, and A. sediba. Alternatively, H. naledi is younger - a sister lineage to the clade that contains H. erectus and the big-brained later hominins (including H. sapiens). The final scenario is that H. naledi is even younger still - a sister lineage to H. sapiens. Another possibility is that H. naledi is the result of hybridisation between two or more lineages, perhaps one related to humans and one related to Australopithecines." https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/may/23/homo-naledi-genome-will-we-ever-find-this-elusive-key-to-human-evolution I aso want to thank the dude that pointed me to John Hawks, I suggest you guys check out his blog, he is very actively connected to all the naledi research, I am so glad this very scientist is involved.. but he got articles on anything related allaround. He is open and he is sharing lots of cool stuff in the blogs posts.. John Hawks is THE site to follow http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/early_modern/africa/african-origins-three-insights-2019.html How smart naledi was? a paper on cranium https://www.pnas.org/content/115/22/5738 on the new paradigm that rising star project brings to the science "“The success of Rising Star’s policy of open access means that it will be harder for paleoanthropologists in the future to not be more open with their data,” Throckmorton said. “They might not be open to the same level as the naledi project, but they will be more open. There’s been a shift in expectations about publishing fossils.” https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/12/the-cradle-of-open-access-rising-star-digs-for-more-than-fossils-with-its-work/ I was also reading the wiki page on neanderthals extinction these days. wow origins or homo related pages in wiki are changing with an impressive pace! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neanderthal_extinction Keep it up, what exciting times!
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    Ephedra sp. cultivation notes and discussion

    A small update with some retrospective thoughts 1. do not use containers with many holes unless you cover them up well with some type of cloth - you dont want the suckers to draw energy of the plant there, you want all energy greeing upwards to fill the pot. I mention this cause it happened to me, especially with species that are known to throw suckers. 2. I have sowed some of the nebrodensis seed and some other I still had... now they are out on the roof. Comparing both the seeds and the seedlings all nebrordensis (=major), weber fragilis, weber major, "fragilis" with spanish location, all 4 strains have identical seed and the seedlings are also identical. They seem to be nebrodensis=major which is known to be pretty widespread and varied. This builds up on the suspicion of that lots of "fragilis" seed sold might be actually be nebrodensis=major and also lead up to the question "does fragilis exist?" Except perhaps, nebrodensis=major and fragilis are so hard to tell apart. The would mean that fragilis would be more connected to nebrodensis=major than to foeminea.. Its all very taxonomically confusing around some species. The point is, when you are buying some seed, it might be a good idea to take a good photo of it and post it here, before you sow it. cause it helps a lot in IDing. sinica, intermedia, equisetina, minima seed seem to be similar distachya seeds seems to be like that but more reddish gerardiana seem to be smaller than that foeminea varieties seed is generall larger than all the asian species , more reddish and more ellongated north american species seeds are more like the asian ones but lots bigger, more elongated and more reddish and resemble a bit some forms of foeminea seed that seems to be fatter rounder and less elongated. chiloensis is the most different seed, black and thiny nebrodensis=major also seems to be different in that they are more round than all and also its not a shiny seed any ways, that's the seed plot so far. 3. if you want to take a sucker, do it but dont be greedy. it seems to really pay to take less larger rooted cuttings than more smaller rooted ones, both in terms of survival, but also in terms of growth rate. And if you receive nice little plantlets with suckers and all, dont be a fool like me and be tempted to take suckers. Plant the motherfucker in a larger container - be generous! Take care to de-weed and all.. when the the plant flowrishes and in the most appropriate time, you will ba able to get all the suckers you want, especially if its a species that does this as a habit like some gerardiana or distachya. 4. Take notice of the season of your plants - and take note of whether and when your plants are active.. not all plants have the same seasons and I imagine not all of them react the same to the climate of each candidate grower so... several species seem to enjoy the mostly mild wiinter winter here .. some more than others. some species like sinica and equisetina, which are slower , even when they are inactive - its when some segments turn yellow and start to wither - you can tell if they are active and want to be left alone or maybe checked, by the bumps they form in the junctions. So this way you can tell if the plant is handling the wetness of its soil well, even if its not growing new segments - you look for bumbs , pre-tells of the sprout of a new ambitious branch.. very characteristic and pretty helpful to see the status of the plant. 5. sinica - this seems to be the trickiest of them, at least for me, and maybe this is the species that earned the genus the name of the hard& difficult to grow... sinica seems to yellow many segments and die back more than any, I have two strains, I will see how my own are gowing which havent throuwn suckers yet... stilll they yellow their segments a lot, I dont know if I shoud treat this species diferently... soilwise especially - and the sinica was also the one that performed worse in the high atlitude semiwild thing, plus I accidentally stepped on it. ( I talk about these above in the thread) . and in the photo , my biggest sinica now a seedgrown, here show after I did a pruning of the yellow segments I talk above.. and other photo is newcomers distachya, so far distachya stand up nexto to local foeminea to speed endurance.. indeed distachya might be one of the easiest species to grow.. I saw the opportunity and I got five plants, as I had previously seen the rooted cutting mate thunderhorsey sent me eventually grow to a pretty biggy plant, already brown and preparing to go woody at the base , and I am like, OK, distachya rules. the easiest of them all.. still havent done them from seed, I would love to if I fould some seed.. especially soime seed with a known location would be a great challenge... besides me visiting the distachyas in north greece... GROW ON!