Tag: cool plants

N. reinwardtiana

Not a succulent, but I wanted to share my little side project anyway (posted this on Reddit as well). I’ve always been totally fascinated by Nepenthes plants, but I never tried growing them from seed because of how difficult it is to germinate the seeds and keep the seedlings alive at this stage.

Nepenthes (in this case N. reinwardtiana) is a carnivorous pitcher plant. They lure their prey with sweet smelling nectar and feast on flies that fall into the slippery cups, located on the leaf tips.

This is one of my seedlings at 4 days (pic 1) and 2 months (pic 2). The little pitchers are no more than 3 mm tall, but some of the tiny seedlings have already feasted on springtails and/or gnat larvae on my grow rack!

My mom’s Euphorbia horrida hybrid

My mom found this beautiful Euphorbia horrida hybrid in a nursery a couple of years ago. She has a history of killing even the toughest plants (mostly underwatering), but her small cactus collection thrives. Possibly even more than my own succulents.
I found that overthinking everything about a plant’s needs isn’t necessarily a good thing. You don’t always need expensive pots and soil mixes, gadgets, fertilizers and calendars to keep a cactus alive. Just give it lots of light + very little water and it will be happy!

Lapidaria

Amazingly, I’ve managed to keep my Lapidaria Margaretae alive with minimal sun, medium-high humidity and a location next to a drafty window through fall and winter. I even gave it one heavy watering at the wrong time to save it from shriveling into nothing.

Luckily, easy-to-kill succulents can be forgiving, just once in a while :3