Tag: caudiciform

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.

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.

Ibervillea lindheimeri, 3 years old!

Look at those locks! My now 3 year old Ibervillea looks amazing and thicc. It had a bit of a gnat problem a couple of weeks ago. Apparently they like the smell of the caudex and love crawling all over it. Killing the little gnat larvae in the soil is easy enough when you allow it to dry for a few weeks. Ibervillea like to stay dry, like most other succulents. Had it happened to one of my other water-loving plants, it would have been an impossible task.

The Trochomeria and Ibervillea are together at last

There was no room for my Ibervillea on the window sill with my other succulents, so as a last resort I had to move it somewhere else and let it roam free. My Trochomeria macrocarpa (left) and Ibervillea lindheimeri (right) grew up together when they were seedlings and only met each other again, barely 2 years later. They’re both 2 years and 8 months old here. The Trochomeria is so happy to be where it is, that it decided to flower for the second time this year, too.

Look how awesome they look next to each other, hiding my embarrassing DVD collection away with their fast growing vines.

Trochomeria macrocarpa, 2 years + 7 months

My Trochomeria macrocarpa hasn’t gotten much attention at all compared to my Ibervillea. They were practically brothers and even germinated on the same grow rack right next to each other. I completely forget about it and it ends up staying bone dry for weeks until I water again. Luckily, caudiciforms can handle that kind of treatment because of their large caudex, in which they store water for dry seasons and forgetful plant moms. My forgetfulness hasn’t prevented it from thriving and putting on a show with lots of new growth.

Ibervillea lindheimeri, 2 years + 8 months

The Ibervillea woke up immediately after I decided to bring it indoors again. Even though all of its leaves fell off while it was outdoors, I didn’t cut off the bare vine. It’s now very quickly growing leaves from every node on the vine, attaching itself to everything, including my other succulents. Every day I have to save at least one succulent from becoming the Ibervillea’s new trellis. Maybe this wasn’t the best place to put it..

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.

Sinningia leucotricha flowers

My Sinningia leuctroicha bulb decided to send out these colorful flowers today 🌸 It must really thrive out there in the summer heat.

This pot is watered once a week at the moment. Sometimes twice a week when it’s very warm outside and the leaves start drooping. Sinningia love water in summer, even though it’s a succulent (technically a caudiciform).

Adenium arabicum the day I bought it and now

I’ve shown the first picture before, but I just wanted to show you exactly how much my Adenium arabicum has grown since I bought it 3,5 years ago. It looks completely different with its tall branches and fat body. It has yet to flower for me, but right now it’s outdoors both day and night. That should help with the needed light and warmth. Maybe I’ll have to find a bigger pot to hopefully allow for more growth, too.