Turbinicarpus seed pods

Hidden deep within apical wool, I knew there were little pink seed pods ripening on my Turbinicarpus macrochele. What I didn’t know was that they’d ripen (and split) so fast, and wouldn’t have known, if it weren’t for obsessive inspection of my plants on a near-daily basis.

When in bloom, the only other Turbinicarpus plant also flowering at the time was of the species klinkerianus, so without hesitation, these were cross pollinated. Unfortunately this plant didn’t bare fruit after pollination, but I can’t complain as the amount of seed produced by the three macrochele pods is plentyful enough.

I shall sow these next year with the other Gymnocalycium fruits yet to ripen (and post), and look forward to the potential results of Turbinicarpus macrochele x klinkerianus.

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~ by Brown Moth on July 30, 2009.

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