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PostSubject: Easiest, Showiest, Prettiest   Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:59 am

Good evening everyone. I have just gotten Mammalaria seeds from a respected source in the USA. Can't wait to get them planted (bottom heated )
I would like to ask the members here some questions
Which Mamms are easiest to grow from seeds?
Which Mamms are the showiest as in spines, or coloring?
Which have the most vivid flowers and are prettiest?
Which Mamms are the smallest?

Mamms have quickly became some of my favorites and the more I know about them the better .
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PostSubject: Re: Easiest, Showiest, Prettiest   Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:29 am

Hi Wendy,
Golly, what a set of questions!! I suspect that everyone has their own favourites, and their own opinions on such a varied genus.

These are my views -

I've found the clumping small flowered hook spined species the easiest to grow on, species such as crinita, zeilmanniana, bocasana. MY measure for this is subjective, but based on whether they survive through their first winter with ease.

The showiest Mamms to my way of thinking for spines include magnifica, pringlei, nejapensis, huitzlipochtlii nidulans, albilanata, pectinifera, obscura, camptrotricha, dixanthocentron, hahniana (long haired forms), chionocephala all for different reasons. Some long and toprtuous spines, some tight and white forming lovely patterns.

The prettiest flower for me is M. luethyi - seach for this in the Photo Gallery - although probably the biggest and showiest is M. guelzowiana. However a well grown plant of grahamii, albicans, fraileana or sheldonii in full flower, a complete ring of them, is a wonderful sight.

The smallest Mamm could well be luethyi or hernandezii with napina and goldii coming close. These aren't easy ones, tending to have tap roots and needing very open soil and care with watering. They also tendot stay solitary and don;t clump, or don't clump much. The individual head of a M. glassi might be smaller, but it forms mounds so the plant overall is bigger.

Good luck!

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PostSubject: Re: Easiest, Showiest, Prettiest   Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:34 pm

Thank you Chris for the lists. They have helped me in making more selections.
Lets see I do have some Mamms planted and many are up a cm or more. They are bombycina. candida, dixanthocentron, glassi, matudae, pottsii and zeilmanniana.
From Mesa Gardens I kind of went overboard ( we new to the hobby always do and Chris how long does that last? I mean till we finally slow the " I need that plant right now " syndrome cheers
Ok from Mesa I have albilanata, boscana, carmenae, centraliplumosa, compacticaulis, guelzowiana, nivosa, parkinsonii, perbella and plumosa.
And now I want to look into the ones you listed for me . For next year though lol
Thanks again for your help Chris. It is very appreciated
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PostSubject: Re: Easiest, Showiest, Prettiest   Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:26 pm

You've selected some nice ones there, Wendy! The temptation to sow a lot is very great. I've been growing Mamms now for getting on for 30 years, but with several hous emoves, very few fromn the start are still with me. But even now, and with about 750 plants of the genus now, I still seem to have 50 species in their seed trays . So what I'm saying is that the seed madness might not get any better!!

And you are able to order plants directly from Mesa Garden as well, whereas we would have so much paperwork, import licenses, etc., that it just isn't practical. But luckily we have some good nurseries in UK and in the rest of the EEC, which is treated as a common market, thank goodness, for once!

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PostSubject: Re: Easiest, Showiest, Prettiest   Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:35 am

Hi Chris, I wish I could order plants from Mesa. To get them into Canada there is a lot of paperwork too. And here in Canada , unless you know someone who is into this hobby to trade with there isn't any place like Mesa to get plants from. So I stick to seeds , they are so interesting to watch grow and change.
I keep trying to tell myself I don't need any more seeds or plants. But... I see a picture of a beautiful Mamm and go looking for a place to get seeds. And one packet of seeds turns to buying 20 packets of seeds. Hey after all can't buy just one, five is to few , ten is on the brink and 20 sounds just right lol.
Have a great weekend.
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