What A Nice Little Succulent

Growing succulents from seed in my apartment in Brooklyn.
One of my numerous purchases from the CT cactus & succulent show & sale is this Aloinopsis luckhoffii.  I thought that it was a Titanopsis species when I saw it, which is something that I tried growing from seed, but was unsuccessful.  The two look pretty similar.  It’s a very cool little plant that looks like it has reptile skin and I’m hoping I’ll be able to keep it alive.

One of my numerous purchases from the CT cactus & succulent show & sale is this Aloinopsis luckhoffii.  I thought that it was a Titanopsis species when I saw it, which is something that I tried growing from seed, but was unsuccessful.  The two look pretty similar.  It’s a very cool little plant that looks like it has reptile skin and I’m hoping I’ll be able to keep it alive.

This eight month old Fenestraria sprout is looking pretty cute.  It’s not nearly as big as the one from my “mixed Mesemb” pot, but it could be a different species or just different conditions.  I hope it’s as excited about the return of the sun (spring) as I am.

This eight month old Fenestraria sprout is looking pretty cute.  It’s not nearly as big as the one from my “mixed Mesemb” pot, but it could be a different species or just different conditions.  I hope it’s as excited about the return of the sun (spring) as I am.

Tomorrow! My Lecture @ New York Cactus & Succulent Society

Tomorrow, Thursday, April 17 at 6pm I will be giving a talk at the monthly meeting of the New York Cactus & Succulent Society.  

I will be talking about my experiments in growing succulents from seed from my apartment in Brooklyn (which many of you are already privy to).  I will share my methods, successes, failures and plenty of pictures of cute baby plants.

Everyone is encouraged to bring examples or photos of any cacti or succulents that they have grown from small pieces, be it from seed, leaf propagation or cuttings. Our stories of growth and transformation will be a great way to welcome the spring!

Anyone who lives in the area is encouraged to come!  You do not need to be a member to attend.  It’s a very welcoming and non-intimidating group and we would love to see new faces.

Visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this past weekend with the partner in crime.  The daffodils and some of the magnolia trees are in bloom and it was gorgeous (and if you get there before noon on Saturdays admission is free…).  We stopped off in the gift shop before leaving and they had a ton of cacti and succulents.  I held off on buying because of my spree at the CT show last weekend, but would definitely recommend taking a look if you’re in the area.

Eight month old Puya babies have very long leaves!  They don’t look like much, but some are starting to grow teeth along the edge of their leaves.  They seem happy and I hope they keep growing.  They bring something different to my little urban succulent garden.

Eight month old Puya babies have very long leaves!  They don’t look like much, but some are starting to grow teeth along the edge of their leaves.  They seem happy and I hope they keep growing.  They bring something different to my little urban succulent garden.

Okay, not a succulent, but I saw these amazing pitcher plant hanging baskets at the CT cactus and succulent show and had to share.  I know that a lot of strange plant enthusiasts who like succulents are also into carnivorous plants.  I’m not looking to branch out within my collection, but they were very cool to look at… and kind of huge!

Okay, not a succulent, but I saw these amazing pitcher plant hanging baskets at the CT cactus and succulent show and had to share.  I know that a lot of strange plant enthusiasts who like succulents are also into carnivorous plants.  I’m not looking to branch out within my collection, but they were very cool to look at… and kind of huge!

Six month old Anacampseros seedlings are still pretty small, but are very distinct from the other seeds that I started at the same time. I’m still proud of my re-use of old keurig cups to act as pots.

A beautiful aloe I saw at the CT cactus and succulent show last weekend.  I didn’t buy it because it’s too big for my collection, but hope I stumble upon a smaller version someday; it’s so pretty!

A beautiful aloe I saw at the CT cactus and succulent show last weekend.  I didn’t buy it because it’s too big for my collection, but hope I stumble upon a smaller version someday; it’s so pretty!

Astrophytum seedlings

At six months old, the three different Astrophytum species I’m growing from seed have differentiated:

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Astrophytum asterias

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Astrophytum hybrid capas (the slowest of the three to develop distinctive characteristics. Sadly, I lost the two on the left to fungus earlier this week)

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Astrophytum myriostigma

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Another Astrophytum myriostigma

Here’s another find from the Philadelphia Flower Show: a Crassula ovata monstruosa (or gollum or hobbit, I don’t usually delve into the naming too much, but I included the names of this one because they are all pretty cool).  It’s a member of the jade family that all of the cool kids are now referring to as the ‘Shrek Ears’ plant (and for good reason!).  I think it looks like alien fingers.  The bottom picture is more recent and from those wrinkles it looks like I’m having some trouble keeping it happy!