If you remember from last month from now on I am just going to post updates on my mesemb seedlings at the start of each month.
My newest babies. Cheiridopsis glomerata started 3/11/12.
Gibbaeum comptonii are a little creepy looking at this stage. They remind me of Surinam toads which are probably my number one phobia in the world. /shudder
At just three months old I think these Monilaria pisiformis are ready to be transplanted into their own pots.
Mitrophyllum grande also need to be repotted. They are overcrowded and starting to show signs of stress.
Muiria hortenseae are growing very slowly compared to the others.
Lithops optica var. rubra were sown last June.
Dactylopsis digitata are supposed to be a bit difficult to grow. Only three seedlings (sown last June) survived and this is the biggest. It seems to be doing OK. They have grown inside on my windowsill all this time but I think this week they are ready to go outside.
This is the mystery Cheiridopsis (I think) that was mixed in with the Dactylopsis that I didn’t have the heart to thin out. It has grown huge and looks quite different from all the other Cheiridopsis I am growing.
Cheiridopsis cigarettifera is over a year old.
While I was photographing my mesembs I noticed these little mystery insect eggs neatly lined up on some bird netting. Anyone have any idea what they are? Hopefully something friendly.
Mitrophyllum dissitum is over a year old. This is my nicest specimen. Some of the others are a bit damaged as they try to shed their old growth and one looks like it might have slug or snail damage.
This Cheiridopsis caroli-schmidtii is not one I grew from seed. I bought it a few years ago at a Cactus and Succulent show. I noticed yesterday that it had started flowering though which is good news. It is the first time it has bloomed in two years. Conditions for all my succulents are much better than they have been while I was apartment living so I can expect to see lots of new growth and blooms.
Cheiridopsis purpurea was started last June. Yellow is probably the most common flower color in mesembs so I try to find species with purple flowers if I can.
Titanopsis primrosii was also started last June. I had really high germination with these and they were so cute I didn’t have the heart to thin them out too much. So I probably have about twenty of them. They have been growing very nicely.
Finally I just wanted to give a little update on my post last month on pinching seedlings. A few days after the post I went back and pinched again and now about ten days later they look like this:
Helipterum roseum ‘Pierott’ started 1/13/12
I’ll probably plant them out next week.