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Adenium obesum germination

The Adenium obesum “double flower hybrid” have started to germinate, too! Things are taking their time in my little mini greenhouse. Only one seedling has popped up so far, 1,5 weeks after the seeds were sown.
But look how adorable it is! I think I accidentally made it look a bit wonky by planting the seed vertically instead of horizontally. The roots came out the top of the seed and it had to turn 180 degrees to reach the soil, which resulted in a bent stem. It’s currently correcting itself by growing towards the grow lights.

Pseudolithos migiurtinus germination

The Pseudolithos migiurtinus seeds have started to germinate! I didn’t think these would have a chance because the seeds I received looked terrible compared to the ones I bought of P. cubiformis. Apparently that’s how they’re supposed to look. Hopefully the rest will germinate soon.

I’m going to keep them in my mini greenhouse for as long as the germination process takes. Pseudolithos like humidity and there’s no sign of mold just yet.

For anyone interested in growing Pseudolithos from seeds with me, here’s the guide I wrote a while back. It describes which growing medium I use, how much light they need and how often I water. It even includes a guide on how to care for an adult Pseudolithos.
The only thing I’m doing differently this time is that I use a grow light instead of a sunny window. The sun just doesn’t shine in Denmark this time of year.

Underneath the waves

I wanted to fill a blank space on my living room wall with another painting and waves were the first thing that popped up in my head after a quick nap. This painting took me roughly 2 hours to make. Even though there’s nothing really special about it, it works nicely as a conversation starter. I may need to add more detail to it later, when I have the time.
Acrylic paint, 60×50 cm canvas.

Hoya carnosa “krinkle 8”

This wonderful wrinkly Hoya carnosa “krinkle 8” is new to my collection. I didn’t actually think I would find one of these ever, even though they’re fairly common. This Hoya has 8 dimples along the middle of the leaves, which is how it got its odd sounding name.
I got this plant a couple of weeks ago, but wasn’t sure exactly what type it was, so I had to wait for a new leaf to pop out before I could properly identify it. Some of the older leaves look more like the ones on a regular Hoya carnosa, but the new leaf does have the cute little dimples of a “krinkle 8”!

New year, new seeds

Guys, look what I’ve got. I still have my grow lights from a couple of years ago and decided to buy 4 packets of seeds from Koehres Kaktus. This time I bought Adenium obesum double flower hybrid, Stephania yunnanensis, Pseudolithos cubiformis and Pseudolithos migiurtinus seeds. All of them (except 3 of the Adenium and half of the Stephania seeds) were sown today. Hopefully they all germinate. Pseudolithos seeds are expensive!
I better mention that my adult Pseudolithos cubiformis is perfectly fine. I just want even more of this odd frog-like cube plant.

Pinguicula flowers!

My winter garden (well, balcony) isn’t very exciting to look at right now. Most of my cacti are dormant, my Robinia tree and Amorphophallus are completely naked and the place is generally a bit of a mess. Then this guy decided to bloom in the middle of winter. The cute purple flowers add a bit of color to my otherwise grey balcony!

Hoya retusa

I found this rough looking Hoya retusa at my local florist. I’ve never seen a Hoya like this before. It’s not the prettiest, especially not right now with all of the dehydrated and wilted leaves, but it’s a rare find, so I brought it home with me. This is also the most expensive Hoya I’ve ever bought out of my now 28 different varieties.
Hoya retusa is a very unique variety with its flat, pine-like leaves. The end of every leaf is shaped like a heart. This one has white flowers with a dark purple center. Hopefully I’ll get to see them this spring or summer.