My 4 year old, seed grown Mammillaria plumosa decided to bloom on New Year’s day, which was also the first sunny day we’ve had for the last couple of months. This better be a sign that 2021 will be the year, we all hope for.
These seed grown 3,5 years old Mammillaria plumosa are now bigger than my hand. They’re currently staying in a 15 cm pot, but it won’t be long before they need an even bigger pot. This is the fastest growing cactus I have ever grown from seeds. There are actually two plants in there. The big bulb on the second picture (top right near the white string hanging from the wall) is the brother of the big mass that turned out to be the faster growing seedling.
I wonder how big this plant is going to get.
My amazingly bright orange Mammillaria elongata “copper king” is blooming at the moment. Last time it had one single tiny flower, but now it has 7 very tiny flowers and more to come. They don’t have any scent at all, but I’m happy it’s thriving enough to bloom!
The cactus flowers are here! My Mammillaria spinosissima “un pico” blooms every year in early spring and the flowers are the pinkest of pink. I actually discovered a seed pod that grew from last year’s flowers and I never noticed it until today. Maybe I can grow something from the seeds.
Some of my plants have started blooming, including my seed grown 3 year old Mammillaria plumosa v. roseiflora. It’s gorgeous! More flowers are on the way, too. It’s growing its first pink flower crown.
A couple of seed grown spiky guys (unidentified cactus seedlings and Mammillaria plumosa) and a long boy (Mammillaria spinosissima) are loving the first sunny day we’ve had for almost two months. I think the Mammillaria plumosa is developing flower buds, too. It’s apparently a super late bloomer.
The Mammillaria plumosa is now barely 3 years old and the three smaller cactus seedlings are now exactly 2 years old. I just took the picture of my Mammillaria spinosissima because I wanted to show you that it hasn’t gotten prettier, but it’s now very long.
The ball of fluff is growing even more fluff balls. Some of the fluff has been stained slightly last time I fertilized, but it will probably grow out of it soon. All of my Mammillaria cactus have proven to grow much, much faster than all of my other cacti. It’s so satisfying to watch your seed grown cacti just fill one pot after another. I’ve had to repot this one 3 times because new pups shoot out from the base of the mother plant pretty much constantly.
Every time I rotate this monster, the spines poke right through the skin on my fingers and sometimes the other plants on my plant table. I’ve had it for a little more than two years and it’s grown from a tiny plant with soft spines in a 5 cm pot to this giant monster in a 15 cm pot. It’s not pretty either, especially with the leftover dead flowers still stuck on it. But it’s my ugly cactus and I will protect it until it dies from old age or rot.
My new plant table is a bit shorter than the old table and it let’s me see my cactus from above. I just realized that my Mammillaria plumosa seedling is so perfectly round. It’s literally just a ball of fluff. The smaller pups on the side just makes it even more adorable.
My fluffy Mammillaria plumosa cv. Roseiflora (2 years and 3 months old) and unknown cactus seedlings (1 year + 4 months old) are enjoying each other’s company in the sun. The unknown cactus seedlings on the right have grown bigger than all of my much older cactus seedlings and probably need to be repotted soon.