The rain helped some of my echinopsi to bloom too. E. x 'Yes!', E. x 'Roxanna', E. huasha 1, and E. huasha 2.
The plant in the last picture - E. huasha 2 - is the mother plant of the plant in the 3rd picture - E. huasha 1 - I have no idea why the flowers on the mother plant are so pale, when I got the plant the flowers were a nice shade of red, but the last 2-3 years of so the flowers have been looking like that, I treat both plants the same, same water, same fertilizer, the mother plant gets sun till about 1 PM from early morning on, while the other plants gets sun later in the morning, but also is in the sun a few hours longer, so in terms of sun hours they are about the same also.
Nancy, since I am actually a Dutchman, and I do not yet have the E. x 'Dutchman's Gold' I was wondering if you'd be interested in trading a cutting of that Dutchman's Gold plant, which is beautiful. I have a well rooted small cutting of the E. x 'Roxanna' and I have several of the E. x 'Yes!'. I have many other Echinopsis some of which are prolific puppers. If you do d-mail me, otherwise I will have to go find my gold somewhere else ;-)
Very nice echinopsis flowers. Mine have gone quiet after that short post rain burst of nice flowers. Got some other things still going or just starting:
1. Gymnocalycium baldianum; 2. Opuntia quitensis; 3 and 4. Ferocactus cylindraceus flower and buds.
1.Matucana madisoniorum 1st blooms ever. I love this plant
2. Gymnocalyciuma riojense. Love the color of the blooms in pale pink and the plant is very bluish. Lovely!
3. My Gymnocalycium baldianum. Love this plant too. Blooms a lot every year.
Here is another picture of the E. "June Noon". I had my DW take it for me in the daylight. And this is what I see nearly every day, perkoschilefarm , because they are partially closed by the time I get home.
Hi perkoschilefarm, was it overcast today? I have noticed that some of the flowers on my Gymnos especially baldianum and friedrichii, which are in partial shade some times do exactly what you describe when they do not get their full allotment of sun during overcast or partially overcast days.
Attached a picture of my Harrisia pomanensis which looks like it will flower for the first time at some point in the next few days. It is a night bloomer so if I am not careful I might miss it. I did notice a second bud though, so I might get a second chance.
Well, I managed to catch the Harrisia flowering. The bloom clearly had some developmental issues, probably due to the turn from somewhat cooler humid monsoon weather to the hot (110F) dry weather of the last week, but still a pretty flower and something look forward to as the plant keeps growing.
Some blooms from the last few nights/days:
1. Senita - not the most spectacular flowers, and really only open at night so a bit of a challenge to photograph, but this Senita, which I bought unrooted a few years ago at a plant sale at the Desert Botanical Garden, flowers consistently throughout the hot summer months. It is starting to grow arms so probably needs to go in the ground soon. 2. Echinopsis x 'Bright Eye' a hybrid I just recently acquired that immediately showed its colors, very pretty. 3,4. Echinopsis x 'Light Yellow' beautiful subtle flowers, great smell as well. 5. Echinopsis x 'Los Angeles', a pretty consistent bloomer for me usually in the spring, but on occasion also in the summer months.
The flowers on all Echinopsi did not last more than a few hours into the next morning - it would seem the monsoon has taken a break and we are back in single digit humidity with 110+F for highs, not much fun. Had a couple of others that bloomed: E. oxygona 'Pink' and E. x 'Roxanna', but the flowers on the former never really fully opened, while of the latter there already is a picture of an earlier bloom on this thread. The flowers on E. x 'Light Yellow', 'Los Angeles', and Oxygona 'Pink' were much smaller than usual, possibly due to the heat?
I tried to cross pollinate, I think I was successful a few weeks back as I have a large fruit developing on the E. x 'Roxanna', will have to wait and see if I was successful this time.
McV: your Echinopsis are great looking to me. I just have such poor luck getting them to bloom now. Here's a photo of a plant from Aug. 12th. The flowers are small (heat I'm sure!). That doesn't bother me nearly as much as that they don't open up very much. These photos were early morning and as much as they ever opened. They smelled so pretty though! How much sun are yours getting?
The ones that did not open well (I had some E. huasha blooms not open much at all) definitely get more sun than the plants of which I posted the pictures. I just got the 'Bright Eye' and it came from Georgia so it is on a shelf in my little shade structure that is covered in 70% shade cloth, it is also not on the top shelf so it gets very little sun.
The only one that gets a significant amount of sun that has consistently had big, open flowers has been the E. 'Roxanna', and even that one gets only early morning and late afternoon/early evening sun.
I got a set of the Schick hybrids earlier in the summer and was told they like more shade than you would think and can do with some extra water and fertilizer, and they like to be up-potted often as they get big root systems, so I have been trying to give them a little extra shade and water, but was waiting with fertilizing till it cools down a bit.
I think I was successful in with the cross pollination again as I saw several fruits starting to develop on the plants that flowered...
Sounds like you have quite a few nice varieties. I'm finding myself just so frustrated when they set bud but don't open as they should or, even worse, when they have a nice big bud that never opens and eventually just falls off. I'd rather they didn't flower at all! Here's an Echinopsis 'Los Angeles' that, in the first picture, has set lots of buds. 2nd pictures shows how many have fallen off. This plant has not bloomed at all, not even in the spring because, by the time it sets the buds, it gets too hot here and they don't open. It is sitting on facing north and does not get too much sun, but maybe it needs even more shade. I find that with too much shade it doesn't set buds at all! Yikes!
I know the problem you are talking about, it happens to me often enough too. I cannot say I know the answer to the problem. My two E. 'LA's have bloomed steadily ever since I got them. They are in pretty shady spots and only get sun at the end of the day for 2-3 hours depending on the time of the day. They are both in cramped pots and have been on the list of need to be repotted or put in the ground for a while now, just not very high on the list.
Echinopsi have become a bit of an obsession. I have 54 identified plants either true species or hybrids and another 10 or so unidentified hybrids. I have some of the really large growing ones like a 4.5 foot E. terscheckii that after a couple of years of getting adjusted to its new home after I got it bare root at the DBG plant sale has finally started growing, to some of the really small ball shaped ones that put out giant flowers, which used to not be counted under the umbrella of Echinopsis until recently.
Many of them have not yet bloomed (but I am not yet desperate as many are very recent acquisitions), and others have been putting out blooms every few months throughout the year.
Why? I have no clue, I am trying to be more generous with water, shade, and pot size and once we are not going up to 110 every day anymore will probably see about some light fertilization. Since the bloomers sit in pots right next to the non-bloomers it is hard to conclude that different growing or light conditions are to blame.
So a mystery.
I have only about 10 Echinopsis of different varieties. Many are sitting next to each other and some bloom in the spring and some don't. I think many need to be potted up into larger pots. I will do that soon and hope they improve in the flowering department next year. I have fertilized in the spring and early summer, but that hasn't seemed to encourage them to bloom much. Of course, if they are just going to droop and never open properly, I'd rather they didn't bloom at all!