I had to cut some of the Adenium seedlings again to make them grow more than the one branch. This seedling had to be pinched twice before it finally happened.
The trunk is nice and thick now, but they’re not growing as fast as I wanted them to do. They’re cute, though. Maybe the last few days of heavy sunshine and extremely warm weather will make them grow a bit faster.
Little fuzzy ribs are starting to form and the spines already went from white and transparent to dark brown. I remember my Astrophytum myriostigma seedlings being less hairy than these CO x OR seedlings are right now. I think this means that the coahuilense genes are present and the cross pollination was a success!
My Sedum rubrotinctum outgrew its terra-cotta pot a while ago and had to be repotted. Repotting this succulent is a challenge because the little beans fall off with the slightest touch. There were beans everywhere on the floor and in the neighboring plants and they started to grow roots to form new plants almost instantly. This was a great opportunity for this Sedum to double in size and fill out its new pot in no time. One bean decided to grow a new plant with no pigment in the leaves and I only just noticed it yesterday. It’s so bright and cute! It shouldn’t have been able to grow to this size because it’s unable to get its energy from sunlight, so it will probably die off soon. I’m going to keep an eye on it and see what happens.
The surface is now even more covered by little bubbles, making the Pseudolithos migiurtinus seedling look like a baby toad. This is the only survivor out of all of my Pseudolithos seedlings, but at least it looks like it’s still doing well. The same thing happened last time I grew these from seeds. One seedling ended up being the stronger one, surviving everything I threw at it. I’m glad the survivor was a P. migiurtinus because now I have two different plants – this one and my 4 year old seed grown P. cubiformis.
This seedling can now handle staying in crispy dry soil for a while. I kind of forget about it and only water once a week when the soil has been dry for at least 4-5 days. Right now the weather is chilly and mostly cloudy, so the seedling should be able to handle staying dry for even longer than that.
Look how massive my seed grown Astrophytum myriostigma is now! I’m such a proud plant mom. This is the biggest of the three plants and it seems to grow at a much faster pace than its siblings. I don’t have too much to say about this one. It’s just perfect in every way!
My Astrophytum CO x OR seedlings are very much still alive. Most of the seedlings have now developed little fluffy haircuts and short, white spines. The grow lights are doing their job keeping the seedlings from etiolating. I may have placed them a little bit too close to the lights because some of them are a tiny bit too red or brown. I’ve lost exactly 0 seedlings so far, so I think the lighting situation is going to be okay.
My Adenium obesum seedlings are now 5 months old and look like little trees! They’re doing awesome right now, rocking their new branches like pros. Look how fat they’ve gotten too. I included a picture of my adult Adenium arabicum, which is doing great as well. I had to loosen its korok mask a couple of times since I put it on him, which is a good sign that it’s growing, even though it’s hard to see when you just look at it.
This may seem excessive. It kind of is, too. When you don’t have curtains, an excessive amount of plants works too. I mean, what else am I going to place in a window other than plants? Hoyas love a good amount of sunlight, even strong light from a south facing window, like this one. A new plant, or one that was previously used to less light, may need some time to get used to it, but I’ve found that the plants in this window grow much faster and bloom more often than the plants I’ve placed in partial shade.
I took a couple of pictures of my Hoya compacta variegata – one with the vines tucked away, like they usually are, and one where I let the vines grow freely. I measured both of them to be 90 cm long. Almost 30 cm longer than they were 3 months ago. I lost my normal green compacta to root mealy bugs a couple of months ago. If I lose this variegated plant, I would probably cry.
I’m currently on my summer holiday and finally finding the time to relax. It’s been a stressful year in pretty much every way possible, that’s why I haven’t been updating this blog as often as I usually do. I have to remember to sometimes think about the positive things in life. Taking walks, getting out of my apartment and experiencing the sun has been helping a lot. I hope you’re doing the same, if possible.
I’m a Danish graphic designer and aspiring artist. I love to paint plants/nature and grow succulents and houseplants in my apartment. This is a blog about exactly that.