Mesembryanthemum seedlings at three months are very weird little things. The seed pack was a mix and I’m pretty sure there are a couple different species in this picture. The little guy in the middle of the back row is dark and speckled. Front right has light translucent tips. Front left has the bird beak/bunny ear thing going on, which my Faucaria sprouts also did. And I’m not even sure what is happening with the sprout in the back right.
It has been a bit over three months since I began my urban succulent gardening experiment and planted my first round of seeds. This is an update on how they’re doing!
The cactus babies are doing very well. I like looking at the different shapes that they are turning into. It was a mixed pack of seeds, so I don’t know what they are destined to become, but they’re starting to show different characteristics.
Not many Conophytum sprouts survived, but a couple are hanging in there. Still very small, but they’re cute little ottoman shaped things.
The Crassula are small, but have grown a second pair of leaves and some have very long stems. They are much leaner than their chubby succulent sprout friends.
The Faucaria are awesome! I have been trying not to look at the sprouts often since they don’t grow very fast, but when I came back to see how these were doing I was so pleasantly surprised, they have really taken off in the last month. If the other sprouts are babies, I’d say that the Faucaria sprouts are now toddlers.
It’s interesting that the plants on one half of the container seem to be doing better than the other half. The dish isn’t very big (probably five inches) so I wouldn’t think that one side is getting that much more sun than the other, but maybe that’s the case. I like that the second set of leaves on the smaller sprouts (the top half of the picture) are a different color than their base, they look neat.
Only one Fenestraria has really taken off. It has a chubby v shape. Keep on growing Fenestraria! You’re going to be so cool when you’re grown up!
Out of my pack of 100 seeds, three Lithops have survived germination and are still growing. I looked back at my two month update and they were standing up at that point. They have all fallen over now which I think is a sign of them getting bigger. Also, you can see the base of their single root.
Like the Faucaria, some of the Mesembryanthemum sprouts could be considered toddlers. They were a mixed pack like the cactus seeds and I think that they are starting to differentiate as well. They look similar to the Faucaria sprouts, but have different shapes. One half of the container is growing faster than the other, but I’m reluctant to spin the container because I don’t want the ones that are doing well to lose their steam.
Finally, the Puya sprouts still look like grass, but they are definitely getting bigger. They have a really pretty color. It’s the only pot that I haven’t moved to the windowsill because they seem to be doing fine on the bookshelf next to the window. I’ve noticed a lot of photos of mature Puya plants on other succulent blogs and it makes me so excited that my seedlings are doing well. I know it will be a long time before these guys get big enough to flower, but the photos of Puya blossoms that I’ve seen are so pretty that it’s definitely worth the wait.
The other seed types that I have planted have either died off, or are still very small (some may have died and other seeds have germinated in the container in the mean time). For now I’m not going to declare any of my attempts unsuccessful, but I’m going to gloss over them until they do something worth photographing.
I’m still having a lot of fun with growing these guys. The second batch of seeds is doing well and I’ll be doing an update on their progress soon!