First lot of mixed seeds @ 3 weeks.
Today, I planted 100 mixed Lithops seeds and a dozen or so Lesliei Albinica seeds. Hopefully we have some seedlings emerge following the long weekend! I tried very carefully to plant the seeds individually in well spaced rows, but if you’ve ever seen a Lithops seed, you’ll know that is not an easy task. The Lesliei seeds were larger so it was easier to space them out appropriately, but many of the mixed seeds landed in pairs or worse, clumps. I’m hoping for 50% germination rate, but that may be optimistic. I used a different soil mix this time around. I mixed 2 parts cactus soil, 1 part sand, and 1 part perilite for the base, topped that with a millimeter of fine sand, planted the seeds in rows (to the best of my ability) and then topped the rows with a scattering of medium/course sand to act as an anchor for the seedlings. I also sterilized the soils in the oven before use to prevent algae growth as I have noticed some algae in the pot I planted earlier. Otherwise, my methods are the same. The new pot is covered, just as before, and is sharing the growth light with my three week old seedlings. I did find a more appropriate pot though…one with drainage holes. Fingers crossed we get a good germination rate!
EDIT: We’ve had a mini tsunami during watering and I’m sure the seeds have all scattered. Hopefully some still germinate 😥
A few weeks ago, I ordered 350 Lithops seeds of different varieties off eBay (of all places). Today, they finally arrived! I have:
Now is probably the perfect time to sow them, so I think I’ll be busy planting this weekend! Excited 🙂
The mixed seedlings continue to make gains! They are uncovered most of the day, but I still cover them in the evenings to trap some of the heat inside. Two of the seedlings look to be of the same type, but the third is getting a reddish tinge. At first I thought it was getting sun damage from my artificial lights, but it still seems healthy enough so I’m now thinking it is just a different variety. Remember, this was a mixed lot of seeds so I have no idea what I actually have in there. That particular seedling is also shaped differently from the other two.