Tag: seedlings

Monilaria moniliformis, 4 years + 7 months old

A lot of my Monilaria died off this summer. I’m not sure exactly what happened. All I have left is this one. It recently woke up from summer dormancy and is sprouting this year’s first bunny ears, so I’ve started to water it again. I’m going to experiment with the fertilizer I use for my Hoyas to see if I can get it to bloom. This year may be my last chance.

Cotyledon tomentosa seedlings, 3 weeks old

Not much has happened sizewise, but I managed to capture a better pic of my small Bear Paw seedlings with a macro lens. I’m no longer growing these under grow lights because the sun is currently shining and they looked like they needed some air. The airflow in the closet I use as a grow chamber isn’t the best. When I fertilize the small seedlings for the first time, mold starts to grow on the surface of the soil.

I wonder when they’ll grow their first set of true leaves.

Cotyledon tomentosa seedlings, 2 weeks old

I think.. more seedlings germinated. I wonder how many I actually planted. The germination rate must be crazy high if the seeds come fresh from your own plants. They don’t seem to grow very fast at all, but I like how adorable they are at the moment. At some point I probably need to weed out at least 50-70% of them depending on how big they get when they start to develop their true leaves. I don’t think I need 300 Bear Paws.

Stapelia grandiflora, 4 years old

My seed grown Stapelia grandiflora are now 4 years old. They’re massive, too. These plants grew from only 5 small seedlings and they’re now filling an entire 20 cm pot.
I’ve been keeping an eye on this flower bud for a while now. It’s not growing bigger, but it’s not yellowing and falling off, either. Stapelia can bloom several times a year, even in fall. I’m hoping that the weather will be kind on this flower bud. I really, really want to see how big and smelly the flowers are in real life.

Adenium obesum, 7 months old

My Adenium obesum seedlings are already 7 months old. I’m using my hand as a size reference. The seedlings are getting kind of big.

I’ve been leaving them alone, letting them grow as they please until next spring. If I keep pruning them in fall, there’s a chance that they won’t grow new leaves and branches immediately, because their growth slows down when the weather and room temperature gets colder.

1 week old Cotyledon tomentosa seedlings

There are so many seedlings now and more are still germinating. I have already harvested the next 10 flowers and will be keeping the seeds in a dark and dry place for the next few months. Next week I’ll have just around 600-900 seeds for if this batch fails.

I still keep them under grow lights in a bag to keep humidity up until the rest of the seeds have germinated. I don’t know exactly when you’re supposed to remove the bag and allow the seedlings to grow in lower humidity. Usually, succulents can handle lower humidity earlier than cactus seedlings, but these are just so tiny! They’re only 2 mm wide and haven’t reached their succulent stage yet. This really is a trial and error adventure.

My seed grown Lithops just turned 5!

The Lithops “seedlings” don’t get much attention on this blog anymore. Mostly because they don’t actually do anything at all. They’re slightly dehydrated after a good and warm spring and summer without any water. Right about now would be the growing season for adult Lithops. They need water before they start splitting in late fall/winter and then you stop watering again until the old leaf set is dry like a piece of paper. I keep these guys in my South facing window in the living room. So far they haven’t shown signs of etiolation.

I’m not actually sad because they’re not growing bigger or blooming. I just kept 4 seed grown Lithops alive for 5 whole years (+1 month)!

Selenicereus grandiflorus, 3 months old

My Selenicereus seedlings had a bit of an accident and I lost most of them. White mold got in and killed off the roots on my babies, and these are all I have left. At least they look somewhat healthy. Especially the one in the middle!
Right now they’re growing on my window sill and not under grow lights. The airflow here is better, but it’s slightly colder. Hopefully they survive the colder air in winter.

Cotyledon tomentosa seedlings, day 1

My Bear’s Paw seedlings germinated! The seeds were planted 4 days ago and I already see maybe 20 seedlings in there. I knew the seedlings would be tiny because the seeds were the size of your average floor dust, but it always surprises me that big plants like this can be so tiny when they germinate. The pot, I planted them in is only 10 cm wide and you can barely see the green sprouts in the diatomaceous earth, I used as soil.

I have no idea how many seeds I planted. I may end up with 300 little baby paws in this one little pot, but that won’t be a big problem because you can never have enough fuzzy succulents! Also, if you don’t know what you’re doing and how to treat them, the more seedlings you have to practice on, the better. That’s how I roll. If things go very wrong, I still have more than 40 flowers worth of seeds left. That’s just about 3.000-4.000 seeds.