Echinocereus pacificus, 1 year + 7 months

I finally found a possible ID for my seed grown cacti. It may or may not be Echinocereus pacificus. A fast growing, hardy cactus with medium long spines and sometimes in hard sunlight the top spines will turn pink or brown. If you get poked, the spines will lodge themselves deep into your skin and break off. And yes, it’s happened more times than I can count, especially during a repot.

I looked up the flowers and now I really hope this ID is correct. If it is, they should be able to flower already!

Ibervillea lindheimeri, 2 years + 7 months

So I finally chose to repot my 2 year + 7 months old Ibervillea lindheimeri again. I’ve been searching for a low pot like the one it was already in, only slightly bigger. But I haven’t been able to find one at all, so I ended up just potting it in a regular cheap plastic pot. That’s probably for the best because every time I decide to repot, I have to pull on the plant just to get it out, resulting in a few cuts and scrapes on the caudex.

But look at this beast! It’s just about the same size as a heart. Most of the growth happens underneath the soil line. I was hoping to see a little more growth above the soil, though. It’s going to look like a knot of thickened roots instead of the common ball-shape you usually see in caudiciforms.

After I placed my Ibervillea outside a couple of months ago, it immediately went dormant. It’s now inside again and should hopefully wake up and shine soon. I guess this is strictly an indoor plant here in Denmark.

Fruits on my Codiaeum variegatum (Croton)

I went in to check on my Croton this morning and clean even more dead flowers off the window sill. This time I noticed something new poking out from underneath a leaf. My Croton developed fruits on a smaller, well hidden flower stalk!

I just learned why the flowers on the two flower stalks looked different from each other, too. The flowers on the smaller flower stalk looked very uninteresting with only three small, yellowish petals. Those were apparently female flowers. The fluffy, white flowers on the large stalk were male. I must have unintentionally helped it self-pollinate when I shook the dead flowers off the bigger flower stalk and the female flowers just beneath it were hit with pollen.

You bet I’m going to try and grow Croton from seeds! I’ve read that it’s unlikely that the baby plants will resemble the mother plant. They will most likely be hybrids of different types of Croton and won’t be as colorful as the Codiaeum variegatum. In my opinion, that just makes it even more exciting.

I successfully rooted my Hoya kerrii!

I’m so happy right now! I bought two Hoya kerrii cuttings a month ago and they grew roots just about two weeks after I placed them in a pot with moist soil. Now, 4 weeks after planting them, they’re growing their first new leaves! I added a tiny bit of slow release fertilizer with lots of nitrogen (12-2-8) to the soil to hopefully make it grow a bit faster. Right now I won’t be focusing on flowers. This Hoya is one of the extremely slow growing varieties, so it will need all of the help it can get.

My Croton is still flowering!

Croton

It’s been two whole months and my colorful Croton is still flowering. I thought it was done after dropping the dead, sticky flowers all over my window sill, but I left the stalk instead of just cutting it off. It then grew new flower buds from that same stalk. I might just leave it indefinitely.

I like how the growth is gradually becoming more dense. I wasn’t sure if it was getting enough light because the stem seemed a bit too bare, especially near the bottom. But when it made a couple of new growth points end even more leaves, it started to look very nice and compact.

There’s no need for curtains when you have enough plants

There are 10 types of Hoya in this pic. It’s not the best pic, so it’s hard to tell, but from left to right: Hoya kerrii albomarginata, H. cumingiana, H. bella, H. Pubicalyx “royal hawaiian purple” (hanging pot), H. carnosa “crimson queen”, H. davidcumingii, H. “black leaves”, H. kerrii, H. carnosa compacta variegata and the big one is a H. australis.

Also in this pic are my two Peperomia, my Euphorbia obesa, a crassula marnieriana and a variegated lipstick plant.

Some might think I overdid it again, but I don’t think so.

Monstera deliciosa leaf unfurling

I’m starting to see the big deal about watching Monstera leaves unfurl. You basically don’t know how the leaf is going to look until it has opened. If the plant isn’t getting enough light, even mature leaves won’t develop those beautiful holes and splits. I was worried about this one because I placed it 3 meters away from the nearest window, but it looks like it’s getting more than enough light. I’ve never owned a Monstera until I bought this one 3 weeks ago, so I’m still learning how to take care of it and keep it happy.

The first 3 pics were taken over a span of 3 days as the leaf slowly unfurled. It’s sooo shiny! I had to buy a plant-stick thingy to keep it from toppling over from the weight of the newest leaves. It’s growing very quickly and I need to train it to grow upwards before it gets too big.