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Mammillaria in Aquaculture

These are pictures of some Mammillaria specimens that I have in aquaculture around January 2000. Most were bought as small specimens in 2" pots. Some came two or three to a pot. These are actually small pots of seedlings. Sometimes the nursery people don't have enough manpower to transplant them, so you get two or three plants for the price of one pot.


Mammillaria matudae

This is a Mammillaria matudae specimen. Its natural behaviour is to elongate and crawl along the ground, so I decided to cut off most of the plant and pot it up, leaving the base to sprout offsets.

The portion to be potted up The base of the specimen

Here is the cutting and the base, a little while after the cut has been made. The cut surface is already shrinking, and it doesn't look wet any more. The cutting is almost perfect except for the area where the plant bent to crawl down.

Another picture of the cut section The base, one month later

After a month, offset had begun to appear on the base. The base does not look very pretty, but it is still alive and strong. There is a danger of rot, though.


Mammillaria colinsii

July 2000 December 2000

This Mammillaria colinsii came from a Horti Mixed Cactus packet of seeds. Normally, this species would be overwhelmed by faster-growing Ferocactus, Stenocactus and Myrtillocactus, but I was able to save this seedling and keep it alive.


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