First flowering on an old-timer

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Diane
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First flowering on an old-timer

Post by Diane » Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:35 pm

I don't remember quite how long I have had this Copiapoa krainziana, 20 years? Maybe more. It sits at the back of a bench under an overhanging shelf which affords a little shade (they are prone to scorch in full sun), and only gets watered when I remember. So I was quite surprised to see it in flower after all these years! Not exactly spectacular, but it does feel like some sort of achievement. Size-wise, it's about the size of a large grapefruit, with a smaller side growth, and is the stiff-spined form.
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Copiapoa krainziana
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Copiapoa krainziana
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Re: First flowering on an old-timer

Post by Geoff Lovell » Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:39 pm

It is an achievement Diane.
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Re: First flowering on an old-timer

Post by juster » Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:54 pm

Well done Diane, quite an achievement. I have had mine maybe 30 years from a small head, it's now a clump in a 12" bowl, it has never flowered. I've always thought they are difficult to flower in cultivation.
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Re: First flowering on an old-timer

Post by Diane » Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:57 pm

That's what I thought, Jean, which is why I was surprised!
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Re: First flowering on an old-timer

Post by rodsmith » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:56 pm

I guess t he hot weather has done the trick. Although copiapoas are not always happy in full sun, they do appreciate heat. Quite an achievement after all this time.
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