A side by side picture with my adult pleiospilos, showing how small the seedlings really are.
I really hope the deep red seedlings turn out to be L. optica rubra. They’re absolutely gorgeous and really stand out from the crowd of brown and dark green seedlings.
It’s been 3 days since I last watered them and they’re still not wrinkling. They look so fragile, but apparently these little buggers are tough!
One seedling is splitting and growing its second set of true leaves!
Several more have just started to split. Never thought this would happen so soon. This pot is still full of surprises.
Moved the container a bit closer to the LED grow light because some of the seedlings are stretching (see the one in the back).
I really want to spoil them with real sunlight, but this will have to do for now.
From now on, I won’t mist the seedlings every morning, but only water when the soil has been dry for a couple of days.
Took a chance and repotted the seedlings. The roots were so much bigger than I imagined they would be at this age, and one inch of soil was way too little for these guys.
So now they’re cuddling up in a smaller, but deeper pot with a grittier medium.
Found these Tiger Jaws (Faucaria tigrina) completely drenched in water in a DIY store. Operation “prevent cute mesembs from rotting” begins!
No casualties yet. Some of the seedlings look like they’re going to burst, like tiny bubbles.
The biggest ones are now 6 mm in diameter, while the average is about 4-5 mm.
The cotyledons are slowly, but steadily drying out. A couple of them never grew new leaves, but they aren’t turning yellow and dry either. They do kind of brighten up what now looks like a split rock graveyard.
The second set of leaves on the “Fenestraria” look like Pleiospilos leaves, but with a reddish tinge.
Not much is happening at the moment.
About 10% of the seedlings stopped growing several weeks ago, and I don’t think they will survive for much longer. But 90% survival is pretty nice for a noob like me!
Still keeping the medium slightly moist by spraying with water every morning.
Little blobs of joy. They seem to like being kept dry, but I can’t help giving them a spray of water when the medium has been completely dry for a couple of days. No rot as of yet.
Meanwhile, the “Fenestraria” is growing a second pair of true leaves.