Accidental Sedum prop ?
I wasn’t going to upload a pic of the Stapelia seedlings this week, but I decided to quickly snap a few pics while I had the macro lens attached to my phone. I found this image oddly disturbing. It could be the dramatic lighting and angle. Or maybe it’s because this seedling looks like a troll with two little eyes, a nose and fluffy ears.
I’m kind of glad I didn’t sow all 3 seed pods. Assuming a fair amount of seedlings survive into adulthood, I will end up with more cacti than I can possibly handle/give away.
It will be a few years before I run into that kind of trouble, though!
The Stapelia seedlings act just like the Euphorbias did and spread their baby leaves to make room for more growth. I love how much they resemble little feet and a tail, sticking up in the air!
Right now they don’t have much of a root system and keep flipping over if I’m too careless while watering them. Maybe I should stick with a spray bottle.
I managed to get a decent closeup of my chubby little Echinopsis baby (the oldest and biggest of 45-50 seedlings). Those spikes are already huge!
The Loph seedlings are nice and puffy after a recent watering. They’ve actually grown a fair bit since they were moved to a brighter location 3 weeks ago. It’s just really hard to spot without comparing images.
Some of the seedlings do look way younger than they are.
I mean.. isn’t this just the cutest little plant you’ve ever seen?
My macro lens makes the tiny oxygona seedlings look like Chibi Totoro on the forest floor :3
Pretty much all of the seeds I harvested from my adult Echinopsis a month ago germinated and they’re enjoying life inside my makeshift greenhouse (plastic bag) in 100% humidity.
My old Frithia pulchra survived the summer heat with no problems.
He’s inherited the tiny pot I used for one of my small Pleiospilos since he hasn’t gotten that much bigger in the 2 years I’ve had him.
It’s a perfect match!
They’re going to fill out the entire pot in no time.
I tried moving one of the taller seedlings a bit (they like to lean towards the sun), but it was completely stuck in that position in the otherwise loose medium. The root system must be huge!
All they needed was a little extra sun. Many of the seedlings are now growing teeth, even the small ones.