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PostSubject: flowering vs growing   Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:09 pm

Hello, I have this ca. 20 yr old, 25 cm wide Mamm. rekoi that keeps on growing nicely but has stopped flowering for a long time, last time in spring 2005. Does this species have specific needs for flowering, different from other Mammillarias?

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Francesc M.


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PostSubject: Re: flowering vs growing   Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:30 pm

Hi,
I don't think there are specific conditions for this species. You obviously had the right conditions 10 years ago, and it looks as though the plant has grown a lot.
Has anything changed?
All plants need good light, especially in winter, to help flowering.
Nutrients that help flowering are potassium and phosphorus, so a soil mix that favours these, or a fertiliser that has more of these than nitrogen would also be good.
Some Mamm species (like senilis for example) like a bit of cold during the winter rest to help them form flowers in Spring, but as this species comes from Oaxaca, I would not think this is the case here.

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PostSubject: Re: flowering vs growing   Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:48 am

Hi Chris, thank you for looking into this. I grow many other Mammillaria under the same conditions [full sun; sparse watering; occasional fertilizer] and they all seem to do well except this particular species. Who knows, perhaps it decided to put all its energy in crowding the pot and forgot about flowering.

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PostSubject: Re: flowering vs growing   Thu May 26, 2016 3:45 pm

a cool and wet spring brought some color to the reluctant flowerer (11 years after...)
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PostSubject: Re: flowering vs growing   Thu May 26, 2016 8:16 pm

Glad to see it hasn't lost the knack of flowering, even if it is only on one head. I think you are right about its energy going into filling the pot, as I don't remember seeing a M. rekoi that has offset to such a degree. Maybe now it will turn its talent to more flowers.

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