Gymnocalycium ragonesei - The squished seedlings flower.At the right is a photo of ten seedlings of Gymnocalycium ragonesei (sorry no common name) long overdue for transplanting into their own pots. Their growth has been good, to the point where they are squeezing in on each other. Nevertheless, they are old enough now to begin flowering and flowering they did.
Below right show the grand show as all but one seedling produced flowers. The poor squeezed seedling in the bottom row, third from the left, did not produce a flower. They put on quite an impressive show and the flowers lasted about four days.
My plan, as mentioned in an earlier blog, is to show them off, squished as they are, at the plant show of the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society on the first weekend in August. The show will be held at the Brookside Gardens educational building in Wheaton, Md.
After the show is over, I will release the ten seedlings from their cramped quarters and give each their own pot, even poor little seedling 10, which is being squeezed into a triangle shape. Gymnocalycium ragonesei is a great little cactus that stays small, flowers easily, and has spines that don't hurt you when you handle the plant. As a size reference the 10 seedlings are in a 9 cm x 9 cm (3.5 in. x 3.5 in.) pot. If you are in the Washington, D.C. area on August 3-4, 2013, stop by Brookside Gardens and visit the squished gymno seedlings.