Mesemb Seedlings Macro

Seeing that all my mesemb seedlings are big enough for some super macro shots, I decided to make it a photo shoot day and have neighbors giving me funny looks from across the balcony.

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Little windows up top! @ 12 weeks old

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@ 12 weeks old

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@ 12 weeks old

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starting to get a little colourย @ 4 weeks old

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not much happening here :p @ 4 weeks old

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is it still alive? @ 18 weeks old

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MUCH more sparkly in real life!! This photo doesn’t do them justice… @ 4 weeks old

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starting out @ 4 weeks old

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@ 4 weeks old

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@ 4 weeks old

 

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starting to look like bunny ears @ 4 weeks old

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peek-a-boo! @ 37 days old

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warts are already visible (kind of)!! @ 37 days old

Sneaking in some Cactus macro too!

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WHY SO ADORABLE! @ 12 weeks

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Look like a real cactus from the top! @ 12 weeks

I’ve ordered another batch of seeds (itchy fingers!) too! So look out for more seedling pictures in a couple of weeks ๐Ÿ˜€

-Lu

p.s. it is nearly (or did it start today?) winter here on the Sunshine Coast, so what edible veggies can I grow? I’ve got some baby spinach growing and they seem to do pretty well with the cold nights (coupled with massive spider mite infestation!)…

Winter is coming!

Been a while since I last posted anything. BUT things are happening in the ‘garden’ and we’ve got lots of new growths!

Phal orchid's 1st spike of 2015!

Phal orchid’s 1st spike of 2015!

little buds

little buds are forming

I’m so so so so proud of this little orchid. It’s come a long way and just as we were giving up on it, ROOTS! SPIKE! BUDS! And very soon (I hope!) FLOWERS!

11 weeks old

11 weeks old

titanopsis + lithops

titanopsis + lithops + cat hair :p

11 weeks old

11 weeks old

The mesemb seedlings had a very tough time when we were away and there’s just a few survivors struggling very slowly to recover and grow. I’ve lost all except 2 lithops (1 of which is looking very sad) ๐Ÿ˜ฆ one of the titanopsis calcarea is doing mega well now though! Since coming back from my trips, I’ve planted more seeds and below are what’s exploding in my pots ๐Ÿ˜€

14/15 babies!

14/15 germinated!

1st to sprout

4 weeks old

getting some sun

he’s my favourite for now, meet Stumpy ๐Ÿ˜€

71/50 germinated! (I only bought 50 seeds!!)

71/50 germinated! (I only bought 50 seeds!!)

4 weeks old

4 weeks old

Frithia @ 3 weeks old

Frithia @ 3 weeks old

Lithops 'Albinica' @ 3 weeks old

Lithops ‘Albinica’ @ 3 weeks old

Monilaria @ 3 weeks old

Monilaria @ 3 weeks old

This round of sowing is so much more successful than the last! I kept them in their ziplock bag for much longer and now they get morning sun on our windowsill. Still figuring things out, lots to learn!

– Lu

Going away…

Will be going away for 2 weeks behind the Great ‘Fire’Wall of China so there’s not going to be any update for a while. Hopefully D takes good care of my little plants! Until then… 

– Lu

3 weeks old!

It’s been 3 weeks since I planted my mesembs and cactus seeds. They’re doing pretty okay despite the lack of proper care (I think). Lost quite a few mesembs from damping off but that’s okay ๐Ÿ™‚ I still have at least one of each ๐Ÿ˜€ the cactus babies are doing really well with little spikes growing on a few!

fenestraria with the best germination rate

fenestraria with the best germination/survival rate

gibbaeum 3 weeks

gibbaeum got a little pink tinge on it’s stem…

titanopsis calcarea 3 weeks

titanopsis calcarea with very pink tinge… biggest of the lot

titanopsis hugo-schlechteri 3 weeks

titanopsis hugo-schlechteri has only 1 surviving…..

Why are my titanopsis having such a pink tinge? Perhaps I’ve been leaving them out in the sun for too long? They sit on a south window sill with a screen and windows wide open.

still got its seed hat on!

still got its seed hat on!

growing spikes already

growing spikes already

The cactus are doing really well… I’m not sure about whether to keep it covered or not. Most days I just put a plastic lid over it with some openings for air flow. Read on most forums that they need to be covered for 6 months?! I’m worried about fungus/moss though… oh well..

Check out my lithops up close!

cat hair managed to find it's way into the lithops pot

cat hair managed to find it’s way into the lithops pot

very plump

very plump

my favourite of the lot

my favourite of the lot

turning brown

turning brown

You may have noticed that the pictures are much better. We finally went to the shops and fixed D’s camera. Turns out the charger was the problem. We got a new charger and viola! Olympus with supermacro! I’m still experimenting/learning how to take some good macros. Hopefully the pictures get better soon ๐Ÿ˜€

– Lu

Update: was told that the pink tinge on the titanopsis seedlings weren’t that obvious. So here’s another picture showing how pink the stems are!

bunt

still alive!

Succulents young and old

I got bitten by the succulent bug and picked up a new addition from the Maroochydore Fishermans Road Sunday Market.

what a beauty

Panda Plant (Kalanchoe Tomentosa)

so fuzzy!

Looks like panda paws?

How adorable is this?! The kalanchoe tomentosaย is very fuzzy and I love the dark maroon edges. I’ve re-potted it this morning into its permanent home – IKEA terracotta pot! It’s mostly cacti soil mix with a top layer of pumice stones to discourage gnats. 2 leaves that were looking ‘wilty’ fell off during the transplanting process. I’m going to let them dry and hope for new growth? Was told to water it moderately and it’s a hardy little plant, very tolerant of under or over watering. Perfect for me!

While we’re posting succulents, here’s my tiny Sedum plant bought from the same market a while ago.

Sedum Nussbaumerianum

Copperstone Stonecrop (Sedum Nussbaumerianum)

This little sedum nussbaumerianum was very leggy when I first got it. So I took a few of the bottom leaves out to propagate and cut the top bit off the stem. This is the top bit that has rooted very well and started producing new leaves from the middle. The sun was pretty harsh for a few days and one of the leave got a little burnt. All good so far! Unfortunately the leave cuttings did not propagate. Well, they grew new roots and a tiny new something but then we got hit by a heat wave and they didn’t make it. The stem has got 2 new babies though! I will post a picture then they get a little bigger.

And finally, the lithop seedlings are officially 2 months old!

14 thriving on!

14 thriving on!

a few big ones

spot the lithops!

Most of them are about 5mm in diameter by now with 3 really little ones. They’re now living in full sun with morning and evening misting of water and a weekly bottom watering. Might cut down the watering as the weather starts to get cooler. It’s so exciting to wake up every morning and check on my plants!

– Lu

Wheel Bug Nymphs (Arilus Cristatus)

Was just about to trim down my catnip yesterday (grown from seeds from Mr Fothergills) and discovered a big bunch ofย wheel bug nymphs! Well, I had no idea what they were to begin with. At first I thought they were spiders and totally freaked out! Went running to D to get him to have a look and he said they’re definitely not spiders but maybe very interesting looking ants. We’re still clueless about whether to burn the whole thing down get rid of the whole plant or let it be. So I took a picture and posted on facebook hoping someone will recognise these bad boys. Finally after a few hours, our dear Steve (garden guru) told us that they are wheel bug nymphs! After a quick google, I’m starting to love these red bum critters ๐Ÿ˜€

wheel bug hanging out on catnip flower

wheel bug hanging out on catnip flower

wheel bug 2

getting some shade

wheel bug 3

check out that bright red/orange bum!

They are beneficial insects to the garden preying on pests such as aphids, caterpillars etc. Wheeeeee! I was hesitant to grow some veggies as our previous efforts have been demolished by caterpillars AND aphids. Perhaps I will give veggies another go knowing that these little nymphs will help along the way!

– Lu

Seedlings update

A little stock take on some of my seedlings today. D says I’m taking over every flat surface that has decent light with my gardening! I think he’s secretly loving it.

basil seedlings grown from our very own basil plant's seeds!

basil seedlings grown from our very own basil plant’s seeds!

coriander (cilantro) seedlings (10 days old)

coriander (cilantro) seedlings (10 days old), more popping up!

gibbaeum seedlings (1 week old)

gibbaeum seedlings (1 week old)

titanopsis seedling (1 week old)

titanopsis seedling (1 week old)

Is my coriander seedlings growing a little too slow? There’s still no sign of their first set of true leaves yet. The mesemb seedlings are growing pretty well over the week. They are certainly bigger and I’ve got about 60% germination rate! Fingers crossed that more come up over the next couple of weeks but I’m still happy regardless! Only frustration is that the Fenestraria seeds are still having their snooze ๐Ÿ˜ฆ GERMINATE please? I have also sown a bag of mixed cactus seed (free from Ebay seller whom we shall not name) last week and they have been growing happily over the week too.

tiny seedling (5 days old)

tiny seedling (5 days old)

those little ears are SO ADORABLE! (5 days old)

those little ears are SO ADORABLE! (5 days old)

this little buddy went wonky and have its root exposed (5 days old)

this little buddy went wonky and have its root exposed (5 days old)

the wonky one slowly sorting itself out (1 week old)

the wonky one slowly sorting itself out (1 week old)

developing some colour (1 week old)

developing some colour (1 week old)

the set up with more seedlings germinating!

the set up with more seedlings germinating!

HOW CUTE ARE THOSE LITTLE EARS!!!!!! They are growing very quickly… well, much quicker than the mesembs. I also gave all the seedlings a misting of highly diluted fish and kelp emulsion to give them a little nutrient boost. It’s very exciting to see all of them grow! What have you sown in your garden recently?

– Lu

Update:
I’ve just decided what the cactus seedlings remind me of!

little white totoro!

little white totoro!

They look exactly like the little white totoro (chiba totoro) doesn’t it?!!