Tag: succulents

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.

Sulcorebutia rauschii, the purple, spineless cactus

Look how much my Sulcorebutia rauschii has grown in 2 months! This pot will be too small for it very soon. I feel like this cactus grows like weeds in a lawn.
This one is perfect for the impatient cactus lover. It seems like it grows faster than many other types of cactus (at least after they reach a certain size). Each pup grows a set of babies, which then grow another set of babies etc. Eventually you will have a giant pot of purple bulbs in your garden.
I didn’t get any flowers on my Sulcorebutia this year. Technically, it can still happen, but right now is the time to be careful about watering the outdoor cacti. I wouldn’t want these guys to rot.

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.

My Hoya retusa is blooming!

Hoya retusa is pretty special in many ways. It doesn’t look like your regular Hoya. I think most people would just keep walking if they saw this guy in a flower shop, wondering why they sell expensive grass – and more often than not, unlabeled, like this one was when I found it. It’s also special when it blooms. Unlike most other Hoyas, Hoya retusa doesn’t grow peduncles. Singular flower buds grow directly on the main stem and fall off when they’re done. The flowers have a very faint scent of lemony cough drops.

I’ve been watching my retusa explode with growth, lately. I have to constantly control the vines to keep them from trailing the ceiling or grabbing my other plants.

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.