Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#26  Postby Gee.S » Mon May 01, 2017 11:13 am

If you want the authenticity Opuntiads lend xeric gardens without the sprawl, look toward Grusonia. I have invicta and clavata, and both do really well here, while remaining compact. I also have several Opuntia but quickly learned not to plant them in central or busy areas.
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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#27  Postby Spination » Fri May 12, 2017 10:31 am

Some updated photos, and only because I'm so amazed at what's going on. Those last photos I posted were taken 4/30. That's less than 2 weeks ago! Other than that, this original pad of O. galapageia var Profusa has taught me quite a bit about growth rates and habit I would not have realized without the aggressive harvesting of new pads.
First, family photo. Original pad, cutting #2, and cutting #1 (from L to R)
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That's not a trick photo. That's the same original pad after I cut off the pad in the pot on the right 4/24, and after the photo posted 4/30 showing 2 nubs growing in it's place. The 2 growths - the uppermost one is now MUCH larger than the pad cut off some 3 weeks ago, and the lower growth has taken a back seat to the one obviously the focus of the original pad's current energy expenditures. Cutting #2 on the right is obviously putting it's energy into root production, so has done little to nothing visible in the growth department. I'm now thinking I should cut off the newest pad on the original, name it "cutting #3", which should then allow the original pad to direct it's energy into growing the small pad started but currently languishing right below. Other than that, the flower growth behind is still very slowly doing it's thing. Would love to see it open up eventually, as I did read that they are self-pollinating, and it would be fun to try to grow the seeds too!

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Cutting #1 is still being turned back and forth every few days to keep the pad atop growing straight up, rather than leaning towards predominant lighting. But, the cutting is now showing sign that there's another new pad in genesis (unless it's going to be an eventual flower? TBD eventually). Also, the pad on the top looks like it's got a clustering of spines on it's top which I'm guessing is the genesis of what will be the third level of this growing structure. :U In any case, they're are all moving right along at surprising speed!
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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#28  Postby Azuleja » Fri May 12, 2017 10:48 am

Life on the Galapagos must be rough. Living in your greenhouse is like a tropical vacation.
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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#29  Postby Stan » Fri May 12, 2017 12:06 pm

Greenhouses are greatest things on Earth for gardeners. I worked in one and spring began in late January. Cycads flushed 4 times a year. You are constantly dividing plants outgrowing containers. Everything blooms. I was at Reagans in Fremont the other day,their greenhouse was about 90f on a 68f day and their Moringa were in leaf and flowering. I didn't have the camera- lost a good photo for A-villes caudiciform gallery.
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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#30  Postby Spination » Fri May 12, 2017 1:57 pm

Azuleja wrote:Life on the Galapagos must be rough. Living in your greenhouse is like a tropical vacation.


LOL, that's funny. Good one. :lol:
All I know is when the sun is shining at around noon, even on a mild 70 F day like today, it's over 100 inside there, and about 20 minutes messing around inside is about all I can handle at a time. I guess the plants like it though, as long as I water them enough. I think what they like most though is there's no hungry animals looking to make a snack out of them. ::wink::
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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#31  Postby Spination » Thu May 25, 2017 8:17 am

And the miracle growing continues. Fast forward 12 days.
So, I failed to take that pad off, but that was about to be remedied. But it did double in size in 12 days!
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The very first cutting - it's new pad has grown, and now we're working on the third story!
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All the energy went into growing the replacement pad, that didn't even exist when I took cutting #2 from this original pad on 4/9. The other potential pad under this languished, and by merely touching it, fell off.
Anyway, here we go. Cutting #3 time.
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And again, we're left with what looks to be an undeveloped flower structure, in seeming stasis.
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More rooting hormone powder. Why mess with success? Now, wonder whether a new pad will arise once again from the same exact spot, has become expectation. But we shall see...
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And there we are. On 9/1/2016, the very first cutting was removed from the plant. On 4/9/2017, cutting #2. 5/24 - cutting #3. And they just keep growing from the exact same spot. Is it just me, or does it seem like this process is speeding up? And, the first cutting from 9/1 in not 8 months since getting it's own separate pot, is now becoming it's own tower, with level 3 under construction. 1 plant, is now 4 separate ones...and all that fast!
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I don't think I've ever had this much fun with a single plant ever before. This has been, and continues to be amazing.
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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#32  Postby Spination » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:37 pm

Viegener wrote:Opuntia echios var gigantea


Yup, that is such a nice looking plant.

I've got 2 more on the way now: O. galapageia var Galapageia, and O. echios var Echios. Can't wait for them to get here.

In the meantime, here we are on the Profusa since the last cutting was made only 2 weeks ago, and today I spy well under way pad #4 coming out of the same spot as all the others. I find it very interesting that the plant is so determined to grow a pad from right there... It doesn't waste any time at all. I cut off the pad, and immediately it gets to work making the new one. D))
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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#33  Postby Spination » Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:39 pm

My newest bits of Galapagos, right here in Sonoma.
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2017 06 10 Opuntia echios var Echios a.jpg
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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#34  Postby Spination » Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:57 am

Regarding post 32 with picture on 6/7, this plant continues to amaze... with new pics just 23 days later. Here is that "tiny" new growth, already a decent sized pad now, and harvested today - now Cutting #4.
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What I find amazing is that I started with a single pad Sept 2015, and now I have 5 separate plants growing. The first sign of progress took nearly a year, but it's been on a rampage since. Cutting 1 taken 9/2016 now is a 3 pad structure mini-tree, and cutting 2 and 3 are both growing their own 2nd pads. Obviously, cutting #4 will begin today to root.

Also, of further interest to me, is that what I thought might be a flower structure, because of it's roundness, is now growing another pad out of the top, except that it's unlike any of the other pads, in that it appears to be cylindrical at this time. Weird.
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So, now that the plant is putting energy into a growth coming out of that round structure, will it once again (for the 5th time) create another new pad from the exact same spot as before, or will it now just concentrate it's energy into the cylindrical growth coming out of the round one? To be determined...
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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#35  Postby Spination » Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:05 pm

Of my 3 latest Galapagos endemics, I cut off one of those two O. galapageia var Galapagia pads to root it...
2017 06 30 O galapageia var Galapageia Cutting #1 d.jpg
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but the big surprise is this echios var Echios pad which I noticed today a new development. I figured this pad was going to take a while to root - maybe not. It's already growing a new pad of it's own!
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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#36  Postby Spination » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:09 pm

latest status - group which started as a single pad, and Sept of last year first started growing it's own pad. All these are propagates from that first pad in roughly one year's time. The first cutting removed is now a tower of 3 pads...
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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#37  Postby Spination » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:49 am

Update on the Opuntia echios var. Echios cutting I got shown in posts #33, #35. The new pad, perfect condition, looks to be fully developed, or so it appears to me given my limited experience with this particular species. Using the template with what I figured out propagating the O. galapageia var. Profusa, I decided to cut off the new pad, and root it. I'm hoping as with the previous successful experiments with Profusa, that the new cutting will be forming a more perfect plant, unmarred as with the original pads I received of each, and that the pad with newly cut off pad and rooting hormone applied to the cut, will soon form another new pad. We shall see....
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Although I'm told the newly cut pad must be air dried for several days, this appears not to be the case as with my own procedure trialed on Profusa. I apply rooting hormone powder to the fresh cut (sealing it), make a depression in dry cactus mix dusted with more rooting hormone powder (see above), and then fix the pad in place (using forceps!) with gravel to keep upright. I won't be watering for about a week. So far, I have not rotted a single cutting, and I don't expect to have any issue with this one either. The only blemish on the pad are the new marks from the forceps... oh well.
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Re: Opuntia showing signs of life, at last

Post Number:#38  Postby Spination » Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:01 am

So, they've finally all taken a break from growing. Nothing much going on...
but, that little nub growing off the original pad shown in the first post now looks like this... !
"whiskers" getting pretty long...
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