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Loph Ophora
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It's winter in Denmark and the cacti growing outdoors on my balcony are covered in snow.

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I was considering to shelter the peyote plants I grow outdoors from the coming rain when I noticed one of them is setting a flower. This is a very late-flowering peyote indeed (mid-September in the northern hemisphere)

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I have been growing winter-hardy cacti in open air beds at my summerhouse in the northwestern part of Denmark for several years. Lately I have neglected the beds and now they are almost taken over by Leymus and other grasses. This blog post describes day 2 of reclaiming the main cactus bed from the rampant grasses.

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I have been growing winter-hardy cacti in open air beds at my summerhouse in the northwestern part of Denmark for several years. Lately I have neglected the beds and now they are almost taken over by Leymus and other grasses. This blog post describes day 1 of reclaiming the main cactus bed from the rampant grasses.

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I'm experimenting with growing peyote and other cacti in window flower boxes on my balcony. The cactus plants have been doing great outside but a few were recently maimed by a bird (probably a blackbird or a pigeon) that just had to taste some of the peyotes

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An aphid parasitoid is at play in a population of aphids living in plants growing on my balcony. The parasitoid controls the population brutally but effectively by laying eggs within the aphids that are eaten by the developing larvae. Aphid parasitoids are also used commercially - e.g. Aphidius matricariae are released in many greenhouses for controlling aphids

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All members of the Cactus family belong to the group of dicotyledons. Once in a while seedlings turn out as polycotyledons, i.e. they have more than the habitual two seed leafs. This post features tricotyledon Echinocactus polycephalus and Opuntia polyacantha var. hystricina seedlings displaying three embryonic leaves

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A description of growing Echinocactus polycephalus and Echinocactus horizonthalonius from seed. Seedling pictures of regular seedlings, seedlings in the process of damping off, and slightly etiolated seedlings. The seeds are started in clear plastic bags outdoors on my balcony

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Notes on planting window flower boxes with peyote (Lophophora williamsii), Acharagma aguirreana, Acharagma roseana, Echinocereus reichenbachii, Mammillaria grahamii, and Mammillaria senilis; plus discussions on what soil mix to use for the cactus flower boxes. The window flower boxes are located outdoors on a balcony in Denmark
#cacti   #peyote   #lophophora    #mammillaria   #acharagma   #echinocereus   #flowerbox   #cactussoil  

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