Author: Growlithops

My balcony plants. Well, some of them.

During my summer holiday, I managed to sqeeze in a hammock on the limited space I have on my balcony. This is the view from that hammock on a warm summer day. The succulents are loving it! I am too.

The Bear’s Paw, Hildewintera and the big Astrophytum are blooming right now. I’m actually working on pollinating the Bear’s Paw with a paint brush to try for seeds. It would be awesome to see them grow from seedlings to a full plant, so I’ll make sure to take pictures of the process.

Hildewintera colademononis flowers!

I’ve been waiting for my Hildewintera colademononis to bloom since 2017 when I bought them as small unrooted cuttings. When I bought them, each of the cuttings were no larger than a pinky.
I really like this cactus, probably even more than most of my other cacti. I’m just a really big fan of hanging plants, especially when they don’t have to be grown indoors to thrive.
This Hildewintera loves whatever you throw at it. It loves a good amount of water in summer and also to be kept completely dry in winter. It does stretch if it’s placed in less than ideal lighting and it can burn if given too much direct sun. The placement I chose for it on my balcony seems to be perfect, with direct afternoon sun and indirect light the rest of the day in summer. In winter, when the sun hangs lower in the sky, it gets (weak) direct light all day.

Adenium obesum, 5 months + 20 days old

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.

Albino sedum rubrotinctum

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.

Pseudolithos migiurtinus, 5 months old

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.

Astrophytum coahuilense x ornatum, 1 month old

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.

Adenium obesum, 5 months old (and update on the A. arabicum)

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.