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SO anyone tasted any of the Tricho fruit recently. I read that T spachianus fruit is supposedly very good eating? I've hand polinated a couple different types of Cereus for seeds and to taste them.

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Super Pedro

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Not recently about a year or so ago but yeah I recken they taste alright, maybe a little bland & sometimes a little stringey fibrous I think due to lack of water. But yeah deffinitely edible & enjoyable.

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^ Awesome!

My super pedro is just about to flower, this will be my first ever trich to bloom :) I think perhaps tonight (the buds look like they're about to explode) but my missus thinks it will be christmas eve. We'll know soon enough!

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Great pics! how do you guys keep birds off freshly pollinated flowers?

Lately all my trich flowers that i pollinate start fattening up at the fruit,

and then birds sit on the flowers and snap the whole flower and fruit off.

Has any one dealt with this?

Cheers

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Beautiful photos Micromegas, your quite the photographer

My second flower is going to bloom tonight, I find it strange that they didnt flower together :) but im still super happy i got a second one.

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Sweet photos! What's the pink one Micromegas?

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Here are my guys Christmas eve

Couldn't quite wait till Fridays full moon .

This is the second flush, nearly one moon cycle apart.

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I watched them open, prolly took 5 hrs....just in time for a storm

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Micromegas always a delight seeing your cacti

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Great photos every one.

Looks like Superpedro is flowering every where this year.

Here is my first flowers the first is a single flower on Superpedro with plenty more buds and the second is scop x bridg. Both were flowering at the same time so I gave them a tickle and with a bit of luck I should get some seeds.

I will update my thread with all of the others progress in the next few days

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Cheers

Got

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Wow - love the shadows in the 3rd pic ferret! Wish I was in a position to grow them in-ground like I see some folks here doing - looks great

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Len flower opened last night. :)

I wasn't expecting it to open for at least a few more days but it matured really quickly I presume from the hot days we have had.

The problem is I wasn't organized with any pollen so I couldn't pollinate it. I have tried dusting with calcium hydroxide and then its own pollen so we shall see what happens.

Before I did that I cut off all of the filaments so I can send some to any one that wants some I am just a bit unsure how to deal with them now they have been removed.

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Cheers

Got

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So what is the best way to deal with these so they can be posted.

At the moment they are sitting in the container with the lid off.

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Cheers

Got

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Put then in a container/bag that is opaque and does not allow light in. Keep cool. Should be good for a week or so. Freeze and it lasts longer (month or 3).

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Personally I'd get the pollen off of them, then put the pollen in a container with a desiccant to remove the water content - the problem with those filaments is that the pollen will pull moisture, and the moisture will lead to the pollen going bad pretty quickly.. If you dessicated the whole filaments that would work too - but you for sure don't want them to be damp in a ziplock bag for long at all. There is a product in the USA called "Damp Rid" which is excellent for this purpose.

In general I like to collect the pollen by putting a glass/cup under the mouth of the flower, and using a knife or any such utensil to fluff the pollen off the filaments and down into the glass - can also tap at the outside of the flower to get pollen to fall out into the glass.

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WOW WOW WOW Great photos Micro :worship:

God dam that is a shit load of flowers :drool2: How many flowers are on that one Peruvian ? column. There was another photo further back in the thread I think it was WT's super pedro with all of the flowers bunched up that much that they cant open properly but your just takes it to another level.

Cheers

Got

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Fckn Awsome pics Micro, thank christ i dont have "dial up" anymore :worship: , although, they would be worth the wait.

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Those pics are joy micro! Looks like cactus heaven

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Hey Micro that pink flowering one can you tell me more about it, stunning colours. All of them are stunning actually but that one took me by surprise.

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There's more coming! All of those pictures are from a single evening.

I don't know what I can tell you about the pinky. I went into bunnings one day a few years ago and found it. I thought at the time it was some unusual peruvianus, at the very least I picked it as a trich although it is not entirely obvious at first. I have posted photos of this plant before flowering in winter, when the flowers are perhaps even pinker. It was about 30cm I think I paid $60 which I thought was pretty steep!

My feeling is it will grow into a clumping plant with many branches between 2 and 6 feet (maximum). It has a tendency to "twist" inside and grow on lean, and has a less robust woody core than other trichs although this is not unusual for clumping plants of moderate height. It has a lust for flowers, probably too much. It grows at moderate speed.

Unfortunately it is nigh impossible to collect pollen in my garden. Bees the little thieves take everything! My assumption is it is a cross between a globular echinopsis and a columnar trich of some kind. For example:

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Wow - never seen flowers like that on trichs..

Micromegas - if you really want to get the pollen you can always sacrifice a flower - chop it off right before it opens and go harvest the pollen safely away from the bees. Likewise, you can introduce pollen into a flower that has not yet opened by prying it open.

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