A little winter cheer

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iann
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A little winter cheer

Post by iann » Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:18 pm

Always good to see a flower in the middle of winter. Lithops optica needs a bit more sun, I think, but still something to see occasionally.

Titanopsis calcarea. Any flowers that don't open early in autumn tend to linger until the sun comes back.
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Gymnocalycium schickendantzii flowers whenever it is nice and warm. It is under lights with the seeds and decided that was warm enough.
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Re: A little winter cheer

Post by el48tel » Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:45 pm

Agreed ... winter ..... and those are certainly "cheery"
Attempting to grow Aeoniums, Aylostera, Echinocereus, Echinopsis, Gymnocalycium, Lithops, Matucana, Rebutia, and Sulcorebutia.
Currently being wooed by Haworthia, and attempting hybridisation.
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Re: A little winter cheer

Post by juster » Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:30 pm

Thanks Iann, it's great to see some flowers, this winter seems longer than usual!
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Re: A little winter cheer

Post by rodsmith » Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:56 am

Thanks, Ian. A nice foretaste of what is to come.
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Re: A little winter cheer

Post by conolady » Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:18 pm

iann wrote:
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:18 pm
Always good to see a flower in the middle of winter. Lithops optica needs a bit more sun, I think, but still something to see occasionally.

Titanopsis calcarea. Any flowers that don't open early in autumn tend to linger until the sun comes back.
calcarea-0202.jpg

Gymnocalycium schickendantzii flowers whenever it is nice and warm. It is under lights with the seeds and decided that was warm enough.
schickendantzii-0202.jpg
And warmth. They need about 12-14C to feel happy to open, I find.
First it was orchids, then, since c.2001, cacti and succulents. I'm into South African plants, mainly conos, lithops and haworthias, with a few cacti, especially 'posh' mamms, turbs and other smalls. Now it’s stapeliads as well...
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Re: A little winter cheer

Post by iann » Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:36 pm

Another spectacular flower from the hotbox, Mammillaria columbiana. Even in summer it doesn't exactly attract attention.
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Re: A little winter cheer

Post by AndrewB » Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:49 pm

Thanks Iann, nice to see some flowers.

My T.calcarea seedling has a bud, but not opened yet.
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Re: A little winter cheer

Post by iann » Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:39 pm

Warm in the greenhouse today despite a cold start.
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Re: A little winter cheer

Post by atgamble » Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:26 am

Beautiful flowers, very much on my wishlist.
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Re: A little winter cheer

Post by fero » Fri Feb 12, 2021 5:22 pm

The flowers smell very sweet.it really needed a brush before pic, it's on the top shelf so I was reaching with the phone. I think I've read somewhere that there is a red flowerd var. Would love to have that one.
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