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Opened this morning. So I (hopefully) impregnated her with the Cereus pollen I collected the other week.

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Bitten with the pollinating bug,, I also gave a button some cereus pollen. No idea if it will work tho.

Are you giving the stigma a light dusting of cement after pollination?

really interesting stuff x-ing

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Are you giving the stigma a light dusting of cement after pollination?

really interesting stuff x-ing

Unfortunately not as I don't have any. I'll see if I can get a cupful today from someone.

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I was wondering if smashing up a bit of concrete to fine dust and using that may work or if it needs to be cement.....

Got a pod on a cereus that I pollinated with yowie without cement dust, all the flowers I didn't pollinate have died and gone, the flower I pollinated with yowie has a fat pod that's getting fatter.....maybe it got pollinated by a moth or bat that was at another Cerus that night?

Nice flowers Upside. :)

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I was wondering if smashing up a bit of concrete to fine dust and using that may work or if it needs to be cement.....

Got a pod on a cereus that I pollinated with yowie without cement dust, all the flowers I didn't pollinate have died and gone, the flower I pollinated with yowie has a fat pod that's getting fatter.....maybe it got pollinated by a moth or bat that was at another Cerus that night?

Nice flowers Upside. :)

I have my cereus inside & successfully x them with san p........unlike the opposite x, the cereus mother x seedlings are vigorous...mine are only a month or 2 old, I grafted a few a week or so ago...they look very cereus like...but red.

I suspect smashing concrete won't work...I'm not sure what it is about cement that encourages pollen uptake, I suspect it could be a pH thing. cement is highly alkaline, (Sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is mildly alkaline, may be better than nothing)

I experimented with x-ing of cliestocactus, using cement & not using it...both produced fertile seed...but the non cement fruit had very few weak seeds...whereas the cement fruit was full & vigorous.

Upside...you don't need much...I use a goose feather shoved under a cement bag...can't even see the cement on it...too much might dry the stigma up...take a little baggy with some cotton wool to the local building supply depot...rub it discretely over some cement bags...that would give you heaps :)

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Couple of new grafts. Hopefully they both take.

Loph on a knuthianus that's been growing in the ground outside. Hoping for good, fast growth. I'm intending to do a few outside, in ground loph grafts in the very near future to make sure they've taken and started to grow before winter kicks in.

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And a hybrid seedling, (Scopulicola X Fat Spachianus), grafted on a spachianus right next to where I grafted a small Eileen pup last year. The Eileen has taken off well, it was only a 2cm pup when grafted, now it's about 18cm tall.

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[EDIT} - here's how the Eileen graft started. - you can see the vascular rings came nowhere near fusing together as it lifted off and it still grows well. :)

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Pach fell out of the pot and I noticed it had finally sprouted some roots..

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A Bridgesii pup just starting :)

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Bridgesii pup grown a little in 5 days

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Some Pach pups getting there :)

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A yowie pup then (30/1) versus today. Not great angle on the first one but noticeable good growth :)

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you would be lucky if they put any cement in domestic concrete these days ... alota sand and fines n stone ...

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I pollinated the other grandiflorus flower with itself then very lightly dusted the stigma with some bi-carb. Collected extra pollen from it to see how it goes with the button flowers!? I'm needing more flowers,, this interbreeding is addictive!

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Found the whole root system above rhetoric soil....It's my fault as last time I transplanted it, I didn't tuck the rootball deep in the pot.

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got a chance to check the yowie graft today , looks interesting :3 , hope it's worked

looks good for me. It will grow.
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I managed to finally get some fruit! its come off a super pedro, but could be crossed with either a collectors corner scop or yowie i got off pd about 6 years ago. All three cacti were flowering at once furiously and the neighbour keeps bees so i guess it was bound to happen.

Im sowing the seeds out now but couldnt help tasting some of the flesh of the fruit, not bad either, a bit fruit saladish.

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Went from this small time shelter,

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To this,, more shelving needed and a front will go on for winter.

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And added these beauties,, Thankyou again cactus lady!

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unidentified pach

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same as above but 6 months on, it's a very nice looking pach one of my faves (and possums too :angry: )

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probably need to clean up my backyard lol :blush:

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moved some of the fat gurls for the winter sun coming

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Repotted these two from a single 12" into to 12"s. I was really surprised with the amount of root they'd put out in one season.

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Took a photo of what I think is a Loph fruit. Can anyone confirm?

It flowered thrice over x-mas but no other Lophs in the area were also flowering so this specimen must be self fertile. It'll be my first fruit. :)

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How do I know when it's ripe?

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Yup, it's a fruit. Congrats

L. williamsii are the only self-fertile species in the genus.

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Moved all my cacti outside for the 2nd time, had some great weather then a quick cold snap so they all came back inside to prevent damage to growing tips. Hopefully that was the last freeze for my area this year (fingers crossed)

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don't make fun of my orange bucket :P

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how soon can i disturb saguaro? i'd like to split them up and put them outside, these are about 7-8 months old

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c. peru x e. peru, looking like some of these may survive on their own roots, been uncovered for about a month and haven't died yet, so promising signs i guess

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I would let them get a bit bigger before separating them all but I know some people separate them pretty early and have little problems so maybe do half and half? See what works best

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