The 3,5 year old Astrophytum “seedlings” have grown really big and are already in need of another repotting. They’re starting to touch and I don’t want them to rub up against each other. If they do, they might lose some of their fluffyness and it won’t grow back if that happens.
I just watered these three Astrophytum seedlings for the first time this year and they have plumped up a lot. They look perfect and healthy! It still gets a little bit chilly on the balcony, so I’m being careful about watering when I know the sun isn’t going to shine for a while.
The Astrophytum seedlings are doing great right now. They haven’t seen water since October, but the shrinkage is minimal. They’ll be just fine for another 3 months without water.
Look at the size of the seedling in front! It’s around 3,5 cm in diameter and looks perfect.
The myriostigma trio is doing very well at the moment. Overwatering is nearly impossible in this pot because the soil (cat litter) dries out within 12 hours. When the bases of the plants start to collapse and shrink, they need to be watered again (in this pot, once every 2 weeks).
3 perfect plants (can these even be called seedlings anymore?) in their little pot. When you get past the months of constant risk of damping off and keep them completely dry in winter, they’re pretty hardy.
The Myriostigma seedlings are looking pretty good. I love the subtle differences between the 3 of them – spiny, hairy and BIG.
Astrophytum myriostigma, 1 year + 3 months
Astrophytum capricorne, 4 months
I had to repot the Myriostigma trio after a slight dehydration problem. They needed much more water than the adult plant, they were potted with.
The Capricorne seedlings are still tiny, but so adorable!
The 3 little seedlings have enjoyed their time on the balcony with their big brother. I was worried about them for the first few weeks, but they were able to take the cold and lack of water just fine!
My 3 Astrophytum seedlings looked slightly miserable in their 2″ pot, so I gave them a chance to live like adult plants. Now they have plenty of room to expand their roots, with their big brother watching over them.