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Echinocereus

The Echinocereus triglochidiatus cactus plants are opening their buds today and I think they are some of the most interesting and beautiful flowers. They’re beautiful in a strange way and are surely some of the most unusual flower for any plant. If I can get some similar plants to open at the same time I should get some good seeds. Otherwise I’ll be happy with any seeds from these plants. There are some triglochidiatus, triglochidiatus var. mojavensis and triglochidiatus var. gonacanthus, so I’m not sure if I’ll end up with any pure species.

The Echinocereus viridiflorus cacti are flowering very well and I’m hoping they will form plenty of seed pods too. They open with the sun and close again later in the afternoon. On cloudy days or if the day turns cloudy they will close up very quickly.

There have been gray skies and cool rain for the week and the Echinocereus cacti all still have their buds closed. Hopefully the sun will open them on days when I can get out to pollinate them. It is impressive how these plants can save their flowering for sunny weather when the insects they need will be out too.

The Echinocereus triglochidiatus and viridiflorus cacti are producing lots of buds. A few plants have started to open their flowers, but cooler weather has kept all of the flower buds closed for a few days. When the sun comes out again there should be plenty of flowers to pollenate.