I have a few opuntia cactus, although it's been so long since I got them, that I couldn't tell you what they are. I have really nice one for Nogales that is pretty much spineless, but it's not cold tolerant and has to be brought indoors each winter. Got it from a lady who fed them to her tortoise.
Post by keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.) on Oct 2, 2016 16:06:20 GMT -5
Joseph Lofthouse, do you have any prickly pear cacti with purpleish or red flowers instead of yellow? Maybe pink, fuchsia, or magenta colored is what i'm after. Just tired of the yellow. I think I've seen some nearby many years ago. I need to remember to go out looking for them next season when they are in bloom.
Silt/clay, high-altitude, super-arid, sun-drenched, irrigated-desert garden. Cold radiant-cooled nights. ~100 frost free days. Grow most of my own locally adapted landrace seed. GDD10C ~1300. Buy my book or subscribe to my newsletter at Lofthouse.com.
I was in a garden center last week looking for perennials they had apparently killed. We buy them, nurse them to health and resell. They had little cactus in the discount pile for a quarter apiece, I just got them planted today. I picked ones who's tags said protect from freezing, to avoid scaring. I figured that meant they have some cold tolerance. I got six kinds. Oputina species Oputina quitensis Oputina sublata cristata Myrtillocactus geometrizans Cotyledon species Mammillaria gracilis fragilis
I planted them in an old coleman cooler for the winter, whoever lives will get a better home next year. I've had Oputina before but they are actually pretty aggressive growers here. These all look a little less prickly.
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Post by keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.) on Oct 7, 2016 0:54:14 GMT -5
This last week I've been going to school in a nearby city, so while i was there i decided to take the opportunity to take a hike in relatively warm weather while it's still here. I didn't eat lunch before, so along the way i spotted some Prickly Pear Cacti fruits that were ripe and i carefully used some sharp stones to cut them open. They were absolutely heavenly. I always love the taste of prickly pear fruit. I found one that was extremely large and juicy, it was the best i have ever had in my life. At some point i started being greedy and to lax of my manhandling of the fruit that on my way down the mountain my fingers and palms were covered in those tiny cacti fruit hairs. They were so itchy. But funny enough i felt that the fruit harvest of that afternoon were so good that i felt it was totally worth it. I used some sandstone rocks to rub many of the hairs away. I am thankful for the harvest of the desert and the sacredness of the food it provides. That day was a wonderful day where i was in my desert zen.
keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.): Looking for Goldini Zucchini again. Thinking of setting up my own seed shop for OSSI varieties in the future.
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gratefulseedsaver: I have Goldini seeds. email@example.com
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wilscase: Hello all. My name is Casey Wilson. I'
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wilscase: I'm a graduate student at Oregon State and have been working with populations segrgating for different color genes such as the B gene in Cucurbita. I'm curious if anyone has experience with crosses in Cucurbita maxima between grey blue types and orange?
Oct 18, 2022 21:33:14 GMT -5
wilscase: I have been backcrossing to the grey parent for 4 generations and have finally selfed the heterozygotes (for the Bmax gene) the populations have segregated for diffuse bicolor (pink/blue, orange green), blue green, blue, green, pink (salmon) and orange
Oct 18, 2022 21:36:29 GMT -5
wilscase: The genes involved are Bmax and bl. I have observed that Bmax is incompletely dominant to wild type (green). I have read that bl is incompletely recessive to Bl(wild type). I'm curious if anyone else has observed the behavior of Bmax in a grey/blue type
Oct 18, 2022 21:38:28 GMT -5
wilscase: It appears that bl and Bmax are interacting to produce different shades of salmon and pink.
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wilscase: I'm also interested in any other color genetics, especially the relationships between B and L genes. In the right background these genes can dramatically increase Carotenoids (vitamin A)
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wilscase: I have lots of germplasm and would love to exchange anything that people are interested in
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