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Frailea

The genus Frailea first caught my eye when I found that those tufts on top of some of them are really seed pods. At one time, I think someone imported a big batch of Frailea, because everyone seemed to be selling them in June 1999. I bought my first Frailea plants mainly because of the seeds.

This was the first pot of Frailea I bought. It's a Frailea pygmaea. The seeds from the pods were sown; you can see the results in Miscellaneous Seeds Page 3.

I also started this practice of buying pots with two or more plants. This saves money. I've been buying young plants anyway. If you want flowers, get bigger, more mature plants if you don't want to wait for a long time for flowers like I have to.

Frailea pygmaea Frailea pygmaea

Frailea flowers frequently do not open but seed pods form since they are self-fertile. The seed pods are dry and hairy and breaks easily.

This seems to be a Frailea columbiana. It's the best fit, given that this genus is overlooked by many non-comprehensive books, so I will use that name for now.

I also bought it while the plant is in bloom. Later, I sowed seeds from its pod. See Miscellaneous Seeds Page 4 for more information.

On the whole, I am beginning to like this genus. The plants are small and compact, and the seedlings are pretty tough.


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