What's blooming for you? 1st: Echinocereus rigidissimus ssp. rubispinus (Ruby rainbow) Native of AZ cooler climates than Phoenix. 2nd: Echinopsis oxygona 'Pink'
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Nice Sarcocaulon (Monsonia) crassicaule Baja. Mine bloomed with 3 flowers in April. They look so delicate.
My old one (first one) has never looked so stressed as the above. But it sure puts out the flowers. In fact I had to purchase another and planted it so it could spread out more. They are wonderful plants and flowers. xuling
Too much sun or not enough water or both? I had in less sun but it was still pink. It turned that color over the winter. I am not actually sure its hardy in my zone but we had a really mild winter so I left it out. Maybe it needs a new pot and some different soil. None of my other cacti look that bad.
I have mine planted under a citrus tree and it only gets a little dappled sun. I had it out all winter but did cover it. We had 5 nights in the 20's for several hours each night. I don't water it too much. Sometimes it does shrivel some and I water it. It does flower with that care and the arms are green.
Mine is out in the open year around. Part of it gets a little respite form the summer sun by a Crassulae that grows next to it. But it gets all the winter rain; and when the freeze comes around I cover everything with burlap blankets. This past season was the worst with about 10 nights in the mid to low 20s'. I had lots of plants die due to the extended freeze, but not the pentalophus. It is developing flower buds for this season now. Good luck. Xuling
Dudleyas are cool plants but I don't think they grow here.
They don't grow most places, unfortunately. They go pretty much on autopilot here, though. Occasionally mealies take interest and the flower buds can attract aphids, but that's it. Best thing is they can take lots and lots of sun in containers. And they are hummingbird magnets, which is always a bonus.
Nice flowers! LOTS blooming the past few weeks, but this one I had to post - I got it years ago (2010) from Detrick, and it's happily grown ever since...and never produced a flower.
This year it finally decided to produce a single flower...and open on the one night I was out of town for work. Sigh....
Jacob did a great job capturing it's beauty though.
Hi NancySLAZ, to me your Echinopsis looks like E. oxygona or a hybrid of E. oxygona. I cannot see the spines very well, but it looks like the plant looks a lot like one I have that was identified as E. oxygona 'Pink', with the flowers having a pinkish hue. I have attached a picture of mine (3rd), with a bloom earlier in the spring.
Other things blooming in my yard, many opuntias, examples in pics 1 and 5 (Opuntia macrorhiza (Plains Prickly Pear) and quitensis (Red Button Prickly Pear)), Cereus hildmannianus subsp. uruguayensis (extra ribbed and longer spined form - pic 2), and Hamatocactus hamatacanthus (pic 4).
It has been pretty good so far this spring, starting with the aloes in the winter. The three Palo Verdes are also covered in yellow flowers, which is always a great sight, but with as negative that we have yellow snow falling all day, it will be a 'fun' clean up when those are done. The Tecoma stans (yellow and orange bells) bushes are going nuts after recovering from the freeze in February. In addition, all my Gymnocalyciums have either just bloomed or are in the process of blooming as are many of the Echinopsi. It is hard to keep up getting pictures.
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mcvansoest: Yes I think mine is E. oxygona and I will label it. Isn't your #4 Hamatocactus hamatacanthus? I know #5 is Opuntia quitensis (Red Buttons). I have one also but mine has not bloomed yet. Is yours in the sun a lot?
NancySLAZ, you are right, I have corrected the labeling error.
Yes the O. quitensis is in the sun quite a bit, the main bush is in full afternoon sun (from about 1 PM - 5-6 PM) and after an initial unhappy stage seems to be coping quite well now. When I planted it I had many pieces fall off and now have numerous new plants in pots, some are in more shady spots while others (including the one in the picture) mostly get morning sun. The main plant has also flowered, but I have had it flower much earlier and much later in the year no real sense why.
OH that's nice Nancy. I wish they were reliably hardy here.
E. 'Dutchman's Gold' withstood 5 nights of temps in the low 20's for hours at a time. Didn't bother it at all. I don't know how cold it gets in Arlington though!
Colder than that some winters for a brief time period. I have had other Echinopsis that have died during colder winters here.
Here some pictures of the Gymnocalyciums that I have that are blooming: G. baldianum, G. mihanovichii var. friedrichii twice at different angles, G. pflanzii var. marquezii and G. saglionis. The have been going since early April, especially the G. saglionis had a wealth of flowers. They have made up for many of my Echinopsi skipping a season. E. eyriesii, E. x 'Los Angeles' and a few others have had some flowers, but in general it has been disappointing with the Echinopsis flowers for me this year.
Nice, my E. reichenbachii bloomed twice with a third on the way, never got a good shot of the flower as it usually happened when I was at work.
Here are some more pictures of what is blooming right now in my yard: Cleistocactus smaragdiflorus, Mammillaria bocasana roseiflora, Mammillaria guelzowiana, Opuntia quitensis, and Cylindropunti ramosissima nudum.
Yeah, pretty frustrated by the Echinopsi, many have buds, but nothing appears to be happening. I was hoping for some of the colorful hybrids that I got last year to give me some blooms, but buds and nothing else yet...
Opuntia microdasys, Echeveria puldonis gone to seed, Euphorbia bupleurifolia (mostly male but a bit metrosexual), Dudleya attenuata (open or "flat" flowered, native to BC and abundant locally). Note the true leaves are mostly a different color than the flower stem leaves on this plant. Last picture shows how the Dudleya looked upon arrival 4 years ago (just discovered the photo). It has really taken off in the last year or so.
Love the Dudleya contracting pics! I hope my E. bupleurifolia blooms someday! Love yours!