I finally got to see an open flower! It has made several but only one on the plant at a time. So far I had only seen the buds. I am trying an experiment by leaving this plant outside this winter to check its hardiness. There is too much shade where it is and I will have to move it early next spring.
Very nice. I haven't had much luck with A. fissuratus. The flower is very nice and what a bonus.
Mine is a mere baby compared to those! I hope he lives long enough to get close to that size.
All the plants look great! I've had A. fissuratus and an old, huge retusus that have never flowered. I'd say you're blessed so far. What's the secret?
outdoor sunshine is essential... .low humidity might be, too
Hey C? Did you by chance get your A. F off eBay? Just asking cause there is one seller that all he ever has is this one type of native cactus and I question where he gets them from.
perkoschilefarm, I did get the plant from an ebay vender but not the one with all the plants. I wonder the same. I hope they are seed grown and not field collected. cll
Hi Tristan, I'm so happy to hear you covered your Ariocarpus! At least you can enjoy a bloom now!
palmbob, All my plants go outside for the summer. I'm in zone 4, my plants face east, and south, get rained on and watered when needed. It does get very humid here. My 35+ year old A. retusus actually grew quite well this past summer. Still no flowers. I treasure the plant very much and can live without flowers as long as it keeps living. Any idea how long these cacti can live? cll
I have seen some very old Ariocarpi, though I have no idea of their age.. they do seem to live a long time, but I have no idea how long.
I got mine from Miles to Go last year. It bloomed last year too. I still think it needs more sun but if it made some flowers it can't be too unhappy.
They really are cool-looking plants.I have a friend who has one that he figures might be 30 years old. Since you bought it as a plant, you don't really know its age but I'm curious as to how long they take to bloom from seed. I hear they're comparatively slow growers. I have some 20+ year-old Ferocacti that have yet to bloom. But most Echinocerei, Mammillaria, and Coryphantha will bloom in about 3-5 years. I just started some Copiapoa seeds and they're also reputedly slow growers . But they're such beautiful plants that the blooms are secondary anyway. Planting cactus seeds really is an act of faith. And patience.
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I just got Ariocarpus retusus v. furfuraceus last weekend, which I see Palmbob also has in his dish garden (the smooth leaf bluish ones). I wondered about that one blooming--whether it takes a long time also and if it needs the same conditions.
that one has only bloomed once... may not be getting enough sun
I had a Ariocarpus retusus for a few years and it was growing well. Then last summer some rodent ran off with it!!! Grrr... I was a little heartbroken as it was a fav. Sigh...
Good luck with yours Nancy. Keep it safe from marauders.
I guess the trick is to give them enough sun but not too much so they burn, especially here.
My little silky terrier Sophie is a demon with anything like a mouse or rat or rabbit. They don't get near my plants!