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PostSubject: What's still growing for you?   Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:21 pm

Since it's winter I'm wondering what's still growing in each of our collections. We have a range of climates so it would be interesting to see what keeps growing through the winter in them.

For me it's mostly the epiphytes (some of which are flowering) and some Stenocereus spp. as well as a few Euphorbia spp. and Crassula spp. I'm really impressed by my Selenicereus megalanthus which keeps growing all year round!

So, what are the plants that keep growing through winter for you? And northern-hemisphere members don't feel left out! Just remember how it was last time!
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PostSubject: Re: What's still growing for you?   Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:02 am

I am not sure growing or not but some cacti are in flower.
Since it is mid of winter, both of autumn and spring flowering cacti are in flower together.

Grafted Ariocarpus agavoides

Mammillaria pectinifera
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PostSubject: Re: What's still growing for you?   Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:22 am

Well I had a few cacti (various types) that were attempting to push through the winter and continue to grow but they slowed more and more and eventually halted growth as they became drier and drier. Melbourne has been bitterly cold and I didn't want to risk rot by continuing to water them all for the sake of a little growth.
I do have about 4/5 mamms that are developing buds dispite not being watered for what must be 2 months by now. One of which is a tiny little plant but is peristent to flower.
My zygo's continue to grow and have just finished a flush of flowers, nothing spectacular but still a great display, last years flowering was a lot better.
The seedlings are all growing well, there is a few no shows but the rest are putting on some great growth, they are in a controlled environment though so guess that helps.
I'm really looking forward to spring and being able to give my plants a drink. A lot are shrivelled, very dull and I can't wait until they can have a drink and perk up!
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PostSubject: Re: What's still growing for you?   Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:19 am

WoW!! That pectinifera is stunning. Nice job hanazono.

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PostSubject: Re: What's still growing for you?   Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:15 pm

So many flowers! How hot is it in the greenhouse?

I forgot to add that my Agave parryi, Aloidendron barberae, Myrtillocactus geometrizans, M. cochal, M. schenckii and Browningia candelaris are still growing too. Or maybe the latter three started again after I watered them. Something like that.
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PostSubject: Re: What's still growing for you?   Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:40 am

The minimum temperature in greenhouses is around 5 'C but it will rise to more than 30 'C in good sunshine days even if it is mid winter.
Cacti will grow continuously with this environment.

I stop watering in mid of winter and force to stop growing for flowering size cacti.
They need a dormancy in winter if you want to see the good flowering in spring.
I create a micro-climate similar to habitat in winter.

Young grafted cacti and seedlings are not necessary to stop growing.
I water them in winter and they grow continuously in winter.
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