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Pseudolithos cubiformis, 4 years + 4 months old

I wanted to check the roots on my Pseudolithos cubiformis to make sure they were doing okay. A couple of months ago the roots were almost dead and the plant was shriveling up. I don’t know exactly what happened, so I just dipped the roots and the base of the plant in rooting gel, put it back in its pot under grow lights and hoped for the best. It seems to have worked! Not only have the roots started to grow back, but the Pseudolithos has started a growth spurt. It even looks like a flower bud is forming as well.

Right now it’s just about 5 cm wide from one corner to the opposite one. I’m so happy right now! My Pseudolithos is my most precious plant, and it may also be the most valuable plant in my collection.

Pseudolithos migiurtinus, 5 months old

The surface is now even more covered by little bubbles, making the Pseudolithos migiurtinus seedling look like a baby toad. This is the only survivor out of all of my Pseudolithos seedlings, but at least it looks like it’s still doing well. The same thing happened last time I grew these from seeds. One seedling ended up being the stronger one, surviving everything I threw at it. I’m glad the survivor was a P. migiurtinus because now I have two different plants – this one and my 4 year old seed grown P. cubiformis.

This seedling can now handle staying in crispy dry soil for a while. I kind of forget about it and only water once a week when the soil has been dry for at least 4-5 days. Right now the weather is chilly and mostly cloudy, so the seedling should be able to handle staying dry for even longer than that.

Pseudolithos migiurtinus and P. cubiformis, 3 months old

4 Pseudolithos seedlings are still alive. I planted some of them together to save space and they didn’t seem to mind being carefully repotted anyway. One of them is a Pseudolithos cubiformis (top right in the first photo) and the rest are P. migiurtinus.
The little bubbles have started to show on top of most of the seedlings. It will be a while before they’re completely covered in frog-like skin, but right now they’re so cute!

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.