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« on: January 12, 2012, 23:54:00 »

I love collective collections with friends!  Looks like the range of hybrids I'll be able to try this year will be greatly expanded!  The count so far of Hechtias coming into bloom are 9 or 10 different ones right now.  I've been quite anxious to propagate this Hechtia species nova (hard to call it 'new' anymore...we need a term for the 'long-term-undescribed').  I kind of hope it is a male as I know another friend who has a female and I'd desperately like to propagate this species (as well as hybridize with it)!

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Here it is in a show from a year or so ago.

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And here is the other friend's female from last year.

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Gnarly dude!


« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012, 00:42:05 »

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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 01:27:41 »

I would have if it was mine!  I wouldn't have let you take more than 2 steps in the garden without showing that one off.  One of the pups has my name on it though, as well as hopefully seed.  It is nice have a decent concentration of Hechtia collections in the area so that when they do finally bloom we can all get them together and get some stuff going (cue the 70's porn music...).
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 01:41:04 »

STUNNER Andy!...good luck with your crosses.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 02:43:36 »

That's a winner. Are you sure it doesn't self?  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 03:43:42 »

Andy, good luck with the crosses!  Love the broad leaves on that plant.
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2012, 07:06:04 »

Magnificent plant Andy. It has a great form. Hope the pollinating works out and you can get pure seedlings of it. What also caught my attention is the cycads, especially the leaves of what looks like a pretty large E.woodii to the left.

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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2012, 07:26:44 »

Thanks guys.  The female set seed last year, but nothing germinated (although I am going to put down another batch soon to triple check).  There weren't any other Hechtias blooming around it, so not too surprising...but I can dream, right?
Ha ha.  Craig, I was wondering if anyone was going to notice that garden.  I wish it was mine (even one of the plants in the garden)!  There are too many cycads in that garden to take pictures that don't have them in it...but I tried.  I think I would have better luck trying to get/affording a pup of that Hechtia than trying to get a pup of the woodii!  But again...I can dream, right?  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2012, 11:21:58 »

Looks like they were made for each other Andy...take a few pic's to show us the progress (trying to get that music out of my head...)

Collective collections certainly improves the options, good luck!

Cheers, Andrew.
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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2012, 00:12:13 »

That sure is an impressive Hechtia, Andy. I love its form, and especially like the finer, feathery-looking leaves (scape bracts?) coming out of the centre pre-flowering.

And then that inflo...WOW!  Shocked

With so many coming in to bloom, you must be in Hechtia Heaven. Good luck playing Cupid.

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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2012, 05:15:25 »

Well, we had a male H. argentea blooming at the same time, so hopefully we will get some seed.  I had one chance to introduce Mr. argentea's flowers to Miss wide, fuzzy's flowers.  She had a couple of flowers left, so I left the plants side by side to see if the bees would help me out.  Tomorrow I will be able to check to see if any pods are forming.  The cross will probably lose the super-fuzz, but getting wider leaves with the number of leaves of an argentea would be awesome.  Lots of other flower spikes are forming...
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