Thanksgiving cactus (cacti?) can be so colorful even when they’re not blooming. Mine is currently growing new leaves and they turn bright pink in direct sunlight.
The three cactus seedlings from my mixed batch are looking magnificent. They’re only a bit more than 2 years old, but are now the size of the ones you normally find in the mini-cactus aisle in garden centers. I just watered them for the first time this spring and they plumped up almost immediately.
Not all of my Adenium obesum seedlings look as great as this one seedling, but overall I’m happy with my little batch. 6 of 10 seeds have germinated, 2 seeds rotted away and the two remaining seeds just haven’t done anything at all. But 6 is more than enough for me to work with.
Most of them have grown two sets of leaves so far, and one is even growing its third set already.
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.
This Hoya citrina hasn’t given up yet. It only just started growing again after a long and dark winter, and only because I’m misting the leaves once a day. I guess it needs high humidity to grow without dropping all of its new leaves.
This thing has outgrown its pot a long time ago and I may need to repot it. It just looks so good hanging over the edge like this. Sedum rubrotinctum is a trailing plant. If given a larger pot, it will outgrow it almost instantly.
My Lepismium Cruciforme is flowering, too. One single, tiny flower. This plant has been growing like crazy this spring. The leaves are almost 100 cm long and it won’t be long before they reach my window sills.
The Tiger Jaws survived another winter with no casualties. These babies have been in the same pot with the exact same soil for almost exactly 4 years now and they’re thriving. I think maybe I forgot to fertilize them the last couple of years, but they clearly like the way I’m treating them, so I’ll just continue forgetting about them.
I still water them with my other succulents when the soil has been dry for a week or two and they’ve started to wrinkle up.
Today was the first clear night in months. My succulents have enjoyed a whole day of sunlight, protected from wind behind glass panes on my balcony. The built up heat allowed me to stay out there to watch my solar powered lights turn on. They don’t light up much, but my Aloe vera seems to enjoy it. It made for a nice picture, too.
Only 3 seeds are going to germinate out of 5, it seems. But that’s okay if at least one seedling survives the seedling stage. That one seedling in the middle needs a miracle, I think. It germinated and lost its shell too early, which resulted in a sun (grow light) burn on one side. The other side is still nice and green.