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Pseudolithos migiurtinus germination

The Pseudolithos migiurtinus seeds have started to germinate! I didn’t think these would have a chance because the seeds I received looked terrible compared to the ones I bought of P. cubiformis. Apparently that’s how they’re supposed to look. Hopefully the rest will germinate soon.

I’m going to keep them in my mini greenhouse for as long as the germination process takes. Pseudolithos like humidity and there’s no sign of mold just yet.

For anyone interested in growing Pseudolithos from seeds with me, here’s the guide I wrote a while back. It describes which growing medium I use, how much light they need and how often I water. It even includes a guide on how to care for an adult Pseudolithos.
The only thing I’m doing differently this time is that I use a grow light instead of a sunny window. The sun just doesn’t shine in Denmark this time of year.

Date palms, 2 weeks

So two weeks in, half of the date seeds have grown a tap root and more have just started to germinate. Only 1 out of 10 seeds hasn’t shown any signs of germination.

I placed the ones with visible roots on the surface of a gritty soil mix (1:1 potting soil and grit), root down, and left the late bloomers in the bag with wet tissue paper on my radiator to finish germinating.

Growing date palms from seeds

I love dates, palm trees and growing stuff from seeds, so there really was no excuse to not try.
Here’s a collection of all blog posts from germination to the latest post about my date palms.

I bought a box of ripe organic dates (had to search hard for the ones with seeds inside of them) and removed 10 seeds. And yes, I ate way too many dates in one sitting.

Germinating the date seeds:

My plan is to soak the clean seeds in cool water for 48 hours and then place them in a wet tissue until they germinate, checking for mold a couple of times every week. I’ll keep the tissue in my warm sun room. They should germinate within a couple of weeks and develop a tap root.

I’ll plant them in soil when most of them have germinated and keep them moist until they have developed their first leaves.

Growing Monilaria from seeds

The Monilaria moniliformis seeds I bought produced the smallest little seedlings I’ve seen so far!

I think one germinated in my Gibbaeum pot as well.

Germination tips: Sprinkle seeds on the surface of a moist, well draining soil mix (I’m using 100% non-clumping clay cat litter with no soil added) and keep humidity high (place in a transparent plastic bag) until the seeds germinate. Direct sun will cook the seedlings, so make sure to only give them indirect light or morning sun for the first few weeks. Immediately remove the lid/cover/bag after germination.

Update – After germination:

I watered mine once every couple of days for the first couple of months with a spray bottle, and only enough to keep the soil moist. As they started to put on weight, I let the soil dry out for a couple of days before watering again. That went on for a bit more than a year until they went dormant the following spring.

I skipped the seedling’s first dormancy because I planted my seeds in spring and not fall, like you’re supposed to do. That helped the seedlings grow big and strong enough to handle a long summer dormancy period without dying. I don’t recommend you doing this if you live in a warm climate. The rule for now is pretty much this: Water when the little bunny ears start to look sad and stop watering completely when they start to go dormant in the coming spring. And as long as they’re still small and you don’t want them to go dormant yet, don’t give them more than a couple of hours of direct sunlight every day and keep them in a cool room.

If you so succeed in keeping your Monilaria alive for one year, you can pretty much treat them as adult plants.

This is a guide on how to care for an adult Monilaria.