Tag: date palm

Checking the roots

I came in contact with the lady I traded Hoya cuttings with last summer and she told me, she lost 25 plants to soil mealy bugs in winter. I ended up giving her cuttings from the plants she gave me (+ more to kickstart her collection again) and she gave me more Hoyas I didn’t already have. She did give me something to think about as well. Maybe there was a reason why some of my plants grow so slowly.. so I unpotted all of the succulents that grew too slowly (in my opinion) and has been in contact with the cuttings she gave me. Time for a root check!
I didn’t find any bugs, aside from the occasional pot with springtails, but my Euphorbia obesa has something odd going on. There are no feeder roots! That’s probably why it hasn’t grown that much since last winter. It looks like a lot of the feeder roots on my Pseudolithos have died off, too. I still have some rooting hormone gel lying around from last time I propagated my Hoyas, so I’m going to use that to try and provoke new root growth. I mean, it can’t hurt that much, can it?

I included a bonus pic of my date palm. It’s growing slowly, but there’s nothing wrong with it. It just really looks like a leek now.

Date palms, 1 year + 4 months

This is what my date palm seedling looks like 1 year and 4 months after germination. This is the biggest of my seedlings. Right now it has 3 big leaves and a 4th is one the way.
The sun is finally showing its face, so I placed the date palms outside on the balcony to soak up the rays and heat. Hopefully they should start growing faster. And maybe, just maybe I’ll see the new leaf split.

Date palms, 1 year + 1 month

The date palms have now been separated and have more space to grow. The two smallest seedlings didn’t have much of a root ball because they were planted too close to the bottom of the pot and they were just sticking straight out of the drainage holes. Hopefully they will start to grow a bit faster now.

The big seedling on the right now has three leaves, one of which looks slightly different. If I’m lucky, the next one will be the first one to split and look like an adult leaf. It could happen any moment now!

Date palms, 6 months

The date palms have been placed outside on the balcony to hopefully pick up more sunlight than they got in my hobby room. They still only get indirect sunlight because the sun is a bit too much for them, especially direct non-filtered sunlight.

None of them have grown more than the one leaf, that originally grew from the date seeds I planted, but they’re getting a tiny bit taller every day. The tallest leaf is now around 20 cm.