So this one is a very old Gräser hybrid called APOROCANDICANS SCHIGRA F2. I think the breeder is Gräser himself, but I am far from certain. The parents are an Aporocandicans hybrid (Aporocactus flagelliformis x Trichocereus candicans) x Schigra (Schickendantzii x Echinopsis eyriesii v. grandiflora) and this is an F2 hybrid from that cross. The flowers are beautifully ruffled and have a similar color to other Gäser hybrids like GRÄSERS SCHÖNSTE or GRÄSERS ERFOLG. The flowers open a bit reluctantly, which is what I haven’t really gotten perfect photos of it yet. Hope to change that in the next season.
This one is a fantastic Pseudolobivia (now treated as Echinopsis) hybrid by Andreas Wessner called 18a/2000. The flowers have these nice pink stripes in center of the petals. Very nice and also a great parent in hybrid crosses.
Since Andreas Wessner does often not publish the parents of his crosses, I do not know which parents are involved here. Very clearly, one of them must be an Echinopsis obrepanda like hybrid and that one came very strongly in the body. It’s a classic Pseudolobivia like body (now included in Echinopsis and this one would probably count as Echinopsis obrepanda hybrid, simply based on the body). I also have offspring of it that ended up being world class, so this is a really good hybrid.
Photos of 18a/2000 Pseudolobivia / Echinopsis
Video of AW 18a/2000 Pseudolobivia / Echinopsis
So this Echinopsis hybrid is a total classic. The breeder is Axel Neumann, and the parents are PAPAGENO x Frühlingssonne. The complete cross number is AN.2006.32.MXL.1. The flowers are very unusual and have a diameter of roughly 12 cm, yellow. In the video I mentioned that the mother is PAPAGENA, but it´s obviously PAPAGENO. 😉
Photo Gallery of ECHINOPSIS hybrid PAPAGENA
Video of Echinopsis Hybrid PAPAGENA aka GELBER PAPAGENO AN.2006.32.MXL.1
Here´s another video from my 2020, while I was really sick and trying to get myself together to pollinate all the flowers that opened up simultaneously. It was just too much to do for one person, and I was feeling terrible too. The good thing is I still pulled through and filmed some really nice stuff. This one here is a Lobivia densispina hybrid.
Lobivia densispina hybrid Video
Some of the sisters of this hybrid
This one is a fabulous intergeneric multihybrid involving THREE different genera. And the flower is great too, with the yellow throat and the white petals. KA.2010.255.5 (Goldrose x Duett) x Dagati.
Hybrids with such a yellow throat are really sought after and I was really happy to get it from the breeder Uwe Kahle. It’s one of his hybrids between Echinopsis hybrid (GOLDROSE x Lobivia multihybrid DUETT) x Dagati.
Photos KA.2010.255.5 (Goldrose x Duett) x Dagati
Video: (Goldrose x Duett) x Dagati KA.2010.255.05
So this one is an oldschool classic hybrid by Anton Maas called SUPER APRICOT. Known and famous for the ragged flowers and the glowing nice flower color. It´s from a cross between an Echinopsis hybrid called APRICOT and Gräsers SUPER GELB Genetically, a total mess, but with the right parents it can still produce some decent offspring. Very often, the offspring doesn´t carry the ragged flower mutation, but sometimes it does.
Trichocereus SUPER GELB Photos
Trichocereus SUPER APRICOT Video
So here´s a good example for the flowering that goes on in my greenhouse during the main season. I do a lot of things to induce or promote flowering, and I usually get lots of flowers per plant. I water a lot during the early phase of the season and I also use various plant extracts to improve general health and flowering. And it definitely shows in my plants. This one here is a hybrid by Ingo Barthels with the number BS.1558.1 and I really enjoy the overall appearance of this plant in summer. The flowers are not huge, but it´s just a great overall package and the flowers look very impressive.
And here´s a photo of the open flowers of BS.1558.1
Trichocereus hybrid comes from the German breeder Rainer Heise. Trichocereus grandigonus is a hybrid between Trichocereus grandiflora eyriesii and Trichocereus thelegonus. The father is a Trichocereus vatteri with a beautiful orange flower. It has a slender body very similar to other Thelegonus hybrids like Trichocereus imperialis. The spines are very short, more like the spines on Echinopsis eyriesii v.grandiflora. Please note that this is NOT the same plant as Trichocereus grandiflorus.
Video: Trichocereus grandigonus x T.vatteri Orange CHR.1 – Cactus Jerk S1E506
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I love freaky Echinopsis and Trichocereus flowers. Ragged, Ruffled, Mutant, you name it. This one here is a ragged Echinopsis hybrid called STERNSCHNUPPE GEZACKT and I love using it as father in my crosses. It´s a bit genetically messed up, so it´s hard to get seeds from it as mother. Not impossible, but very difficult. I had to graft a stigma from another plant to get some seeds. Talking about having to go the extra mile.
I think the breeder of this gorgeous plant is Thomas Stöfer.
ECHINOPSIS STERNSCHNUPPE GEZACKT Video
STERN VON HEMSBACH is a fantastic Lobivia densispina hybrid with bizarre looking freak-flowers. The flower mutation looks very much unlike the flowers of Lobivia densispina usually look like and I´ve been using it in a few crosses this season.
Video STERN VON HEMSBACH Lobivia
This hybrid comes from an Uwe Kahle cross from 2012. The breeder´s code is KA.2012.61.09 and the parents are Takoradi x Flying Saucer. Both are excellent parents and most seedlings from this cross that I have seen looked great. Definitely a gorgeous hybrid and I´ve been making lots of crosses with this particular plant.
Takoradi x Flying Saucer Video
Takoradi x Flying Saucer Photos
Lobivia hybrid BLAZE is probably one of the most popular and best Lobivia hybrids out there. The parents of BLAZE are unknown, but I personally think that it is involving a Lobivia winteriana. The flowers are relatively small but absolutely beautiful. BLAZE is also called BLAZA, but I think that´s probably due to a typo.
Lobivia BLAZE Photos
Lobivia BLAZE Videos
Trichocereus arboricola, Current name: Echinopsis arboricola (Kimnach) Mottram
Origin: Bolivia, Argentina, Type locality: Tarija in Bolivia, 600-1000 meters altitude
Trichocereus arboricola is more of an Epiphyte instead of a normal Trichocereus and is often grown like a hanging basket cactus. It often starts off as a columnar cactus, but goes prostrate as soon as it reaches a certain size. You can grow it in a hanging basket or like a columnar Trichocereus.
It’s a very tender cactus with a shiny, bright green color and very thin, needle-like spines. It can reach a total size of more than a meter and up to 5 centimeters in diameter. It usually has 10+ ribs and has very small, very subtle bumps over the areoles, which are slightly felted. The areoles are up to 5 mm apart from each other. It develops aerial roots and has very fine hair on the areoles. Echinopsis arboricola has between 10-16 spines, which are very thin and similar to the spines on some Cleistocactus species.
Trichocereus arboricola is a night flowering species and has a very beautiful flower, which is very large for its size and white in color. It has a very delicate and noble flower.
Echinopsis arboricola is a fairly new species and was described in 1997. Because of that, it’s not included in many old cactus books.
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Trichocereus arboricola Video
Mini Flower Parade! This is the Lobivia hybrid LEWITZSONNE, which is a hybrid that came from a German cactus nursery and was selected and distributed by the German breeder SAP. Full flower pollination video coming up soon!
My large Lobivia Anemone mother plant pushed out lots of flowers in the 2019 season and this gorgeous flush came out early in the season. Lots of gorgeous cactus flowers with a black throat. Was able to pollinate various of them with stuff like Lobivia winteriana and cannot wait to see what comes from the seeds.
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