What's growing on top of P. penicillata???

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What's growing on top of P. penicillata???

Post Number:#1  Postby Brooksphilly » Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:16 pm

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Re: Parodia penicillata

Post Number:#2  Postby Brooksphilly » Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:34 pm

Does anyone know if the growths on top (see 2nd pic) are buds or pups? I have grown his for 3 years and it is quite large for the species, but it hasn't bloomed yet.
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Re: What's growing on top of P. penicillata???

Post Number:#3  Postby mcvansoest » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:39 am

My first sense is: pups. I do not think the flowers on Parodia have that kind of base, but if there were to be flowers you should know very soon.
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Re: What's growing on top of P. penicillata???

Post Number:#4  Postby Brooksphilly » Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:15 am

Thanks, mcvan. Seems like the right call to me. It frustrates me that it is incredibly healthy and vigorous for 3 years, but no blooms. I think I may need to keep it cooler/colder this winter.
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Re: What's growing on top of P. penicillata???

Post Number:#5  Postby mcvansoest » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:19 am

Brooks, do you ever fertilize? I do not grow many Parodia, no particular reason why, just have not gotten around to them yet. However, my Mammillaria became much more consistent flowerers when I put them in soil with some time release miracle grow rose/orchid bloom fertilizer granules mixed in. Forcing them into dormancy throughout the winter may help, but I also know people who swear by keeping their potted plants 'awake' and growing throughout the winter, who still get plenty of blooms in the spring - they have pretty good conditions though to do that.
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Re: What's growing on top of P. penicillata???

Post Number:#6  Postby Brooksphilly » Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:18 pm

I will give it a try. Thanks for the tips. I have been putting off repotting (thinking that cramped quarters might encourage blooming). It may be a little late this year, so maybe I will repot in the spring. Appreciate the input.
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