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    Smile Flowers from two plants…

    My Echeveria shaviana began to make two flayer stalks in winter. They didn’t grow much, and now that it's warm, the stalks are pushing up and the flower clusters are flowering. The humming birds like these.










    This is an unknown cactus species. It is very tolerant of very cold and hot temperatures... it’s grown outside for the entire year. The flowers lasted around 24 hours.







    -Joel from Southern California


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    Very nice cactus and succulent you got there! How did you get it to flower?
    <Heli> How are you guys losing your hamatas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by petmantis View Post
    Very nice cactus and succulent you got there! How did you get it to flower?
    Knowing Joel, he probably sits down with it, stares at it, and yells "Flower!"

    And it flowers.

    Jason

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    LOL! i wish i could do that! imagine if you could do that to N. jamban, you'd become rich with all those little seedings and of course what other fave plants you have or see
    <Heli> How are you guys losing your hamatas?
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    LOL. Yeah right. These two plants flower every year. All I do is water them when they are dry. No magical flowering incantations here.


    My other Echeveria species and hybrids are in the very early stages of flowering too. I'll post once they do. The flowers of my E. x 'Black Prince' are spectacular (my personal favorite).
    -Joel from Southern California


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    Cactus are cool. Reminds me of Mexican pings.

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    Very cool. Can´t wait to see the others. My plaid cactus was in the process of flowering when I left. I wonder if it still has it...It was pink and purple.
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    Spiffy! Do you ever get seeds? The only thing I have that self's is my Anacampseros.

    Pet, to get a cactus to bloom you just let it experience light/temp shifts with the seasons. Being cooler, fewer light hours & dry in winter, some people here in MN just take them off of the porch and put them in a cold dark cellar with no light/water until spring or put them by a cool window for winter if you want to look at them. I keep mine under lights year round and just stop watering in winter with fewer light hours and they go dormant. When the days start to get better light, warmer and/or some water they should start to bloom as they wake up. Some of mine have started blooming and don't stop, they bloom over and over again. I feed mine every watering with Bloom formula orchid fertilizer (3-3-12 or something close to that) which has all the micro nutrients. I guess nitrogen ("grow" formulas) are supposed to be a bad thing to feed your cacti/succulents as it makes them grow big, soft and floppy and susceptible to diseases. Whereas phosphorus supposedly makes them compact, hard and more impervious to infections caused by over watering or pests. So "they" say, so that's what I've been doing.

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