These 6 months old seedlings were so root bound in their little 11 cm pot, I had to tear away most of the feeder roots to separate the tubers. The scent from the broken roots and the tubers themselves reminds me of radishes.
Now they’re hanging out in two 13 cm pots with an even grittier soil mix.
Another Dioscorea Elephantipes seed germinated! I’m not sure if it germinated from the seeds I planted 6,5 months ago or the new batch (sown 2 months ago). Either way, I’m so excited! The first pic is my 5 months + 2 weeks old D. Elephantipes seedling compared to my D. Mexicana. The caudex is now around 7 mm in diameter.
I’ve been trying to keep it from going into summer dormancy by minimizing the amount of direct sunlight, but I think it’s inevitable at this point.
EDIT (June 6, 2017): Yeah, it went dormant and lost its leaf. Hoping it’s big enough to survive until it decides to wake up again.
The bottom left pic shows the caudexes on my 6 months old Ibervillea Lindheimeri seedlings. I’ve been showing you the odd caudex on the left, but as it turns out, the one on the right was much bigger – at least 2 cm in diameter. It won’t be long before I have to repot. There are 5 seedlings in this pot.
I haven’t been able to dig up any of the other caudexes without removing half of the soil from the pot. Just this little guy on the bottom right pic, who is looking rather sad with only one leaf attached to its stem.
I somehow managed to find seeds
from one of the coolest plants IMO (almost as cool as Dioscorea elephantipes. Did find seeds online with a new seller. Waiting to see if they germinate).
I’m a big sucker for caudiciforms,
but some are relatively hard to find as seeds and insanely
expensive as adult plants. I’ve seen Ibervillea in nurseries for the small price of $150.
Ibervillea is a succulent plant and will
develop a huge and round caudex as it grows older. It won’t be visible
above the soil line for a while, though. Let’s just see if I can keep these babies alive.
I bought 5 seeds, all of which germinated 11 days after sowing. They’re supposed to be sown around spring, but a grow light can usually be used to cheat the system if you can’t wait 3 whole months.
There’s a big difference between the biggest and smallest seedling. Small/big. Flat/round. Bright green/tan.
This is one of the reasons why I love growing succulents from seeds. You never know what you’re gonna get!
They’re all nice and spherical despite the lack of light recently. I think we’ve had one sunny day in the past month or so, and the weather forecast shows nothing but rainy clouds for the next few weeks.
One of the Obesa seedlings looks slightly different from the others (the first guy in pic 2). It may turn out to be a hybrid of some sort. The color is much more uniform and slightly darker, and the bumps protrude farther from the body. Kind of like an “Obesa x Globosa”. I guess time will tell!