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nice stillman :)

love that last asterias hybrid

astro's are one of my favorites i to especially love the asterias hybrids and freaks

i have 4 small asterias x capricorne i was thinking of grafting a couple of them

very nice flower on it

havent had many astro flowers yet

my 4 ribbed myriostigma is flowering at the moment

and i have an asterias flower wich should be open sometime in the next week

im really hoping to see some of my astro freaks flower

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The freaks flowering would be awesome. I would say they are in my experience very easy to get to set seed so some freak flowers/ seeds would have to be more inclined to produce freaks.

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A bunch of diff Astro's on own roots, A. asterias, superkabuto mix, SK large white spots, SK variagated, although I don't see any vari yet, COAS and ASCO. And a few other random photo's from within the depths of the lightboxes.

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hey Still, couldnt help noticing-

Pic #2 in the blue pot to the left

Pic #6 next to your thumb (i think, its a bit blurry)

there is what I'm sure is liverwort growing. Don't let this shit get a foothold in your

collection, it is very hard to eradicate.

*edit-cant count

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Thanks mate I have seen this pop up in a few pots in the green house, didn't know what it was. Today I went through and smashed all the weird stray growth in my pots.

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Love Astros ,cant wait to involve more of my time in collecting them... the more i am confronted with obstacles regarding importation , or selfish collectors who wont share genetics, the more i focus on getting them...

pic stolen off facebook ...

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When I get some cool seeds I'll pass them around BlownG

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Love Astros ,cant wait to involve more of my time in collecting them... the more i am confronted with obstacles regarding importation , or selfish collectors who wont share genetics, the more i focus on getting them...

pic stolen off facebook ...

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My GOD man ! that's bloody huge !!

BTW I do my best to share what seed I have, obtaining good genetics is not simply a matter of getting seed with good genetics, however this helps, you need to grow a bucket load to plants and be very selective.

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Oh wow - those are spectacular! I gotta get going on the astrophytum cultivation here at some point

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I have only just recently started my Astro journey. :)

I haven't had any flowers as yet even though a couple have had buds for some time

One of my first freaks that I got the stock rotted into scion so I had to chop it up and so now I have a number of smaller grafts

A. myriostigma cv. LOTUSLAND

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Cheers

Got

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Nice GOT did you source them from usmob? I got my kabuto from him.

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Yep he has supplied me with most of my Astro's :)

I have also acquired a number of seeds from a few different OS suppliers B)

Cheers

Got

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Heres the start of a little grow log of some Astrophytum seed. The seed is the progeny from my Asprophytum Super Kabuto x A asterias in the above photos. First planting was around the first week of December and I grafted around 20 or so on the 23rd of December, so far looks like pretty good success rate, but in another fortnight we will see.

1 week old seedlings

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3 week old seedlings

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My trusty grafting seedling light box, converted kitchen shelf with party lights wired in 20watt cfl seem to provide adequate heat and light for good growth. 200 watts in total. Set on 18 hours on in winter I panda film th efront to help keep light and heat in but in summer while lights are on temps sit between 28 and 30 degrees.

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Added humidity chambers for new pereskiopsis grafts

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Some grafts taken 23rd of December

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So as you can see very low-fi but works for me and hopefully over the next couple months I might get some interesting little hybrids out of my seeds.

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i think ur seedraising mix is a little damp, but apart from that, everything looks good if sumwat improvised :P

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Yeah that container is wet as, but I'll be slowly drying it out over the next couple days.

Its all Macgyvered round here lol.

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any reason behind the different spectrum bulb's as i have heard using a more red spectrum is better for graft's on cactus

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I alway have used the 20 watt phillips warm white you get from Bunnings, the main reason being they are the right price. lol.

But they do the job nicely, I think standard 18 watt fluros would work too. In my experience peres grows best under pretty low light conditions when you grow them in the sun out doors or under strong hydroponic lights they become vicious spiny unhand-able things in low light with plenty of moisture they are pliable and not as spiny, what they love is humidity and fertiliser.

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I have a number of shelves under 4 foot fluro's. I have just set up a shelf to propagate pere's as I have run out of room in my propagating box. The shelf has 2 cool white fluro's and I am trying defuses to try and soften the light a bit more.

My grafts go under two to three fluro's per shelf. I have been trying mainly daylight / warm white and Nec Bio-Lux HG. I think from what I have seen so far is the Bio-Lux push the growth a bit faster but loph grafts can get quite dark close to purple but still healthy. I am now trying a mix of Bio-lux and daylight which has brought the color back a bit.

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Cheers

Got

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how old can you graft astro's i have one with a sick root system was thinking cutting it off and grafting to a pedro

done plenty of grafting but never cacti

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If you were using a pedro stock any age should be fine.

Lately i have had great success grafting by hanging two rocks tied to the ends of a piece of string over the graft.

Low-tech and easy as.

Although i read recently that all astros become weak and prone to rot in their old age, so if its a really ancient one it could just be dying a natural death.

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I got my superkabuto graft and a lot of my arios from usmob. They are master cacti growers, I'd live a sprinkling of their knowledge.

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