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#1 User is offline   matthew1381 

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 08:54 PM

Hello,

just wanted to share 2 more pictures of Mammillarias that have just
started to flower:

Mammillaria Bocasana

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Matthew1381/My%20Cacti%20Garden/Mamm1.jpg

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Mammillaria Densispina

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y152/Matthew1381/My%20Cacti%20Garden/Mamm2.jpg

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 08:57 PM

Wow! Your cacti look very stunning even without flowers. Good growing! Do they usually bloom during this time of the year, ie Spring?
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Posted 16 October 2005 - 09:04 PM

Hi,

Yes they are, we are in starting spring time now here in Perth and all the cacti are starting to flower as they were given a period of rest over winter
i.e. very very little watering ( a few teaspoon water once a month!!) away from rain, and under light shade -not under direct sun.

It seems cacti need a period of rest to allow buds to set.

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 10:49 PM

Is there any way that we can do that in SG? As in to let them set flower in this almost uniform tropical climate?

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 10:16 PM

Hi Wilson,

Yes that would be indeed a good challenge to simulate those conditions in Singapore.
As far as watering is concerned that part is easy - water very sparingly.
For not being in direct sun, should be relatively easy living in apartments -just keep indoors in hall or balcony - no direct sun
Most difficult part is trying to create winter type temperatures of around 5-10C at night-time!! - guess maybe bring into aircon room during the night ! Think should work out all right as our fellow cacti friend in Brunei
is able to make her cacti flower as well?
I think main probelm with Singapore cacti - like those bought from department stores -
they have been grown under special conditions using hormones and stuff like that to make them grow fast and large quickly and so are not so "natural" so its difficult to really make them flower. They will need a long time to adjust to "natural" conditions if at all.

Maybe if grown from seed ( wait very very long - tan gu gu ) may have better success? I guess growing cacti is good for developing patience and perseverance !!

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Posted 20 October 2005 - 10:49 AM

Those are so cute! I've yet to own a hairy one like the first pic. Used to have an old man cactus but it went to cactus heaven a long time ago.
Here're pics of my mamms. in bloom a couple of days ago...

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/JustGessie/DSCN4346.jpg

Love this one...it glows....

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/JustGessie/DSCN4396.jpg

A day later...

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/JustGessie/DSCN4398.jpg

Love that extra shine given off by the flash...reminds me of jelly fish.

Side views....

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/JustGessie/DSCN4390.jpg
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Posted 21 October 2005 - 03:26 PM

Wow Mona...those are stunningly beautiful! Got any good sources to get them?

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Posted 18 November 2005 - 12:49 PM

woooo so shiny...hey hows the feel of the cactus flower???is it soft??
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Posted 19 November 2005 - 04:15 PM

Mona..how long does the flower last har? i ever saw a shop selling mini cactus..one of the pots has a flower bud...like yrs...long type......at $2.90...but dun noe how to look after......
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Posted 19 November 2005 - 06:33 PM

Flower last only 2 - 3 days. Cactus are easy to grow, very low maintenance plant. You should try.

crimsonxii~ the flower is soft to the touch.

jon~ I think you can find them in nurseries in S'pore. Ikea sells blooming ones too if I'm not wrong.
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