It has been two months since I planted my first round of seeds, so it’s time for an update on their progress!
The cacti are still doing very well. They have nice spikes going. Also, I’ve determined that the giants are Opunita, I know because in my second batch of seed buying I purchased a pack of Opuntia and recognized the seeds. They are doing cool things with growing a little cactus lobe on top of their tall bilobed sprouts. I moved them to the windowsill two weeks ago and some of them started to turn reddish brown. I moved them away because I think that means they’re getting too much sun. That may be the downfall of buying variety packs of seeds, some will like the sun, and some won’t, but they’re all in the same container!
The Faucaria are doing so well!!! Many of them have started growing a second set of leaves in the middle, which makes them look very cool. I moved them to the windowsill and they are eating up the sun and loving it. They’re the biggest of the non-cactus succulents at this point.
The Mesembryanthemum are also getting their grow on. They look similar to the Faucaria, but are more varied in their sizes. Some are growing a second set of leaves. They’re also still laying down for the most part, those sleepy mesembs!
The Puya look wildly different from the rest of the bunch. They seem to be very happy and growing away. Their leaves are abundant and lengthy. I don’t know what their next step will be, but I’m looking forward to it since they’re the odd ones out!
The Crassula are still very little. They’re skinny and small compared to the other seedlings, but some are also growing a second set of leaves. Keep it up little ones!
The Lithops are small, but they’re hanging in there. It’s cute that their baby selves are just smaller versions of their full grown selves. They have the most predictable shape out of the bunch. My full grown Lithops plant that I bought a year ago just died this week, so I’m more worried about these guys than I had been.
Now, I must unfortunately come clean and say that I think I killed some of my seedlings as well. A few succumbed to mold and seem to have died off. I’m not giving up in case there are some late-to-germinate sneaks in there (probably denial, but I can hope…). The fallen soldiers include the Cheiridopsis and the Gibbaeum.
I’m still very excited about my urban succulent gardening experiment. May these plants continue to grow for many months to come!