Tag: pseudolithos

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.

Pseudolithos migiurtinus, 2 months

A few bubbles have appeared on the surface of my 2 months old Pseudolithos migiurtinus seedling. They’re so tiny! Right now I let the soil (diatomaceous earth) dry out for a day or two before I water again. They’re getting direct indoor sunlight for most of the day now and they seem to be able to handle it just fine. I guess my windows filter out most of the harmful rays. They’re still blushing a little bit, but that just means they’re healthy.

Pseudolithos migiurtinus and cubiformis, barely 2 months old

Look how adorable they are now! A couple more Pseudolithos migiurtinus seedlings have germinated since I last took a picture of them. Now I’m up to 2 P. cubiformis and 4 P. migiurtinus seedlings. Unfortunately, the sickly migiurtinus died.
I took a chance and repotted the two biggest plants. If anything goes wrong with the community pot, these two babies will be safe and away from mold/damping off etc. A 5 cm pot will be the perfect home for at least 4-5 years.
Right now, they’re all still living in my mini greenhouse under grow lights. They seem to be doing okay for now, but I will probably have to move them to my south facing window eventually.

Pseudolithos cubiformis, 4 years old

This Pseudolithos cubiformis hasn’t grown at all since.. I think.. 2018. I just wanted to take another photo of it to show that it’s still very much alive. I considered shoving it under the grow lights with my small seedlings, but it might be too much of a risk to change its environment now. I mean.. this incredibly sensitive plant has survived 3 years in this South facing window, probably because it likes it. Why it stopped growing will probably have to stay a mystery.

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.

New year, new seeds

Guys, look what I’ve got. I still have my grow lights from a couple of years ago and decided to buy 4 packets of seeds from Koehres Kaktus. This time I bought Adenium obesum double flower hybrid, Stephania yunnanensis, Pseudolithos cubiformis and Pseudolithos migiurtinus seeds. All of them (except 3 of the Adenium and half of the Stephania seeds) were sown today. Hopefully they all germinate. Pseudolithos seeds are expensive!
I better mention that my adult Pseudolithos cubiformis is perfectly fine. I just want even more of this odd frog-like cube plant.

Pseudolithos cubiformis, 3 years + 4 months

I think I worked out why it looked like my Pseudolithos cubiformis has done nothing for several months. I thought it was dormant, but when I looked closely at the corners, I noticed three little nubs, one on three of the four corners. It’s really hard to tell, so I added a closeup.

Pseudolithos cubiformis usually develop flower buds on the corners near the base of the plant. If the nubs are what I think they are.. let’s just say it’s going to be the highlight of my year and the best thing that’s happened on this blog so far, at least in my opinion. My seed grown Pseudolithos is my number one favorite plant of all time.