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Melocactus Seeds (1997)

Here are some old pictures (re-shot from old photos) of a batch of Melocactus seedlings. The seeds were generously donated by a fellow collector from Thailand. The seeds were sown on 1 Aug 1997.

Left:Young seedlings, a couple of weeks old. Right: A closer look at some of the seedlings. Melocactus seeds are very small, and germinates into small green spheres about 1mm in diameter.

Left: An even closer look at some seedlings. Spines, areoles and tubercles start forming from the centre of these small seedlings. Right: A few months of growth. The ribs are not evident yet. This juvenile form is unribbed, almost like young Mammillarias.

Left: Juveline Melocactus seedlings. The spines are still very fine at the moment; they are not stiff at all. Right: The same seedlings some time later. As the seedlings are exposed to harsher conditions, their colour darkens into a more normal green. The colour of the seedlings are a light green in earlier pictures because they were grown under cover.

Left and Right: Melocactus seedlings which have almost completely shed their juvenile form. Ribs have formed, and the spines are thicker and more stiff. These plants are ready to join other adult plants. The odd one out is probably a Gymnocalycium seedling from my 1997 Succseed batch of seeds (see the seed list -- 1997 Seed List or the Web page -- Miscellaneous Seeds Page).


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