Look at this big, new leaf! I think maybe these are going to be just like their mother, the Codiaeum variegatum with red/orange/green colored leaves, although it’s hard to tell right now. The leaves do have the same shape.
Even more seedlings have woken up and the bunny ears grow longer every day. Right now the temperature drops to 3-7 degrees Celsius at night (it’s a couple of degrees warmer on my glass covered balcony), which is perfect for my winter growing succulents.
I realized that even though the Monilaria are growing bigger and seem to be thriving, a lot of them have died off this summer. The pot became slightly too big for the remaining plants, increasing the odds of rot. So I found this small terra-cotta pot and very carefully dug up my Monilaria and replanted them in the same old soil (diatomaceous earth cat litter). Hopefully they’re happier now.
I’ve been growing cacti from seeds for a few years now and not all of them have been a success. This Astrophytum asterias “super kabuto” is now 3,5 years old, but it still looks like a tiny seedling. Its growth stalled entirely when it was a couple of months old and it never really caught up. Recently it decided to grow again from the top of the stalled growth and I’m happy about that. Let’s just see how long I get to keep this straggler.
These are the Croton seedlings I germinated 1 month ago. I don’t know what happened to the rest of the seeds, but only these two decided to pop up. Luckily these guys are doing alright. I’m still keeping them in a plastic bag with the top open to keep humidity high. One of the seedlings have already grown a third baby leaf.
So far the leaf shape actually looks like the ones on the mother plant, only green.
The barely 3 year old Stapelia grandiflora has grown too big to fit on my plant table with my other succulents, so I had to find another solution. I found these smaller plant tables in my grocery store and they’re the perfect size! So now my Stapelia has the entire corner of my balcony to itself.
My first Croton seed germinated barely a week ago and more are popping up! Even though I know the seeds came from my colorful Codiaeum variegatum, I can’t be 100% sure the seedlings look like their mother. So I’m going to assume that these are hybrids until they grow up. I’ll most likely end up with a pot of very different plants.
It took them 2 weeks to germinate in a pot with moist potting soil, wrapped in a plastic bag to keep humidity high. I added a top layer of diatomaceous earth after germination to prevent gnats from laying eggs in the soil. 4 out of 8 seeds have germinated so far and two of the seedlings have just opened their first little leaf set.
The ball of fluff is growing even more fluff balls. Some of the fluff has been stained slightly last time I fertilized, but it will probably grow out of it soon. All of my Mammillaria cactus have proven to grow much, much faster than all of my other cacti. It’s so satisfying to watch your seed grown cacti just fill one pot after another. I’ve had to repot this one 3 times because new pups shoot out from the base of the mother plant pretty much constantly.
There was no room for my Ibervillea on the window sill with my other succulents, so as a last resort I had to move it somewhere else and let it roam free. My Trochomeria macrocarpa (left) and Ibervillea lindheimeri (right) grew up together when they were seedlings and only met each other again, barely 2 years later. They’re both 2 years and 8 months old here. The Trochomeria is so happy to be where it is, that it decided to flower for the second time this year, too.
Look how awesome they look next to each other, hiding my embarrassing DVD collection away with their fast growing vines.
My Trochomeria macrocarpa hasn’t gotten much attention at all compared to my Ibervillea. They were practically brothers and even germinated on the same grow rack right next to each other. I completely forget about it and it ends up staying bone dry for weeks until I water again. Luckily, caudiciforms can handle that kind of treatment because of their large caudex, in which they store water for dry seasons and forgetful plant moms. My forgetfulness hasn’t prevented it from thriving and putting on a show with lots of new growth.
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.