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Julii ‘Peppermint Creme’ – Day 47

I think you guys are going to be impressed!  Look at how fat our little seedlings got!!!

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Posted by on August 20, 2017 in Julii, Step-by-Step

 

Julii ‘Peppermint Creme’ – Day 40

The seedlings are fattening up!  That didn’t take long at all.  I see some nice fat ones in the pot now 😀

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Light.  This week, I bought a plant light.  The seedlings are under the light for approximately 12 hours a day.  I have already seen a BIG improvement in their condition.  So, my advise, if you don’t have access to extended hours of bright natural sunlight, buy a light.

This is the one I purchased.  Plant Light

Next year, I propose we start two pots of seeds.  One will use natural light and the other will use the plant light.  All other variables will be the same.  Then we will know if the light doing the trick!  Actually, we could have more pots and text out different kinds of lights!  This is my first time using LED.

Water.  I am still misting the seedlings three times a day.  Once a week, I have resting the pot in a sink of room temperature water until I can just start to see the water being pulled to the top of the substrate.  I do this so the seedlings will grow deep tap roots.  As the water recedes and starts to dry (always from the top down) the seedlings will be encouraged to put out longer roots as they search for the last remaining moisture.  The misting will keep them hydrated through the skin and shallow roots while they work hard to become established.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2017 in Julii, Step-by-Step

 

Julii ‘Peppermint Creme’ – Day 33

The seedlings are now 33 days old!  I have counted 61 seedlings in total.  Not bad at all!

As you can see, the seedlings are still too tall and spindly.  They are growing, which is good, but not in the way I’d like, which is bad.

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For comparison, these are seedlings of about the same age that I grew a couple years ago.  There is big difference!  These ones were grown under lights.

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Lithops don’t start looking like Lithops until they are about 5 months old, but I certainly think our new seedlings should be further along then they are.  My new LED light is currently at the Post Office and I won’t be able to pick it up until Thursday.  In the interim, I think I will put our peppermint cremes under some fluorescents.

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2017 in Julii, Step-by-Step

 

Julii ‘Peppermint Creme’ – Day 26

Hi Guys!

So sorry I missed my Sunday Post.  My dog hurt his paw and I ended up spending all day Sunday in the emergency vet clinic.  He is going to be okay, but now he has to wear a silly cone on his head to stop him from licking his foot.  He isn’t too happy about it 😦

Anyway, about our little ‘Peppermint Cremes’.  We are on day 26 and to be honest, I’m not happy with their growth.  They are spindly and weak.  If you recall, these seedlings are outside under natural light conditions.  I don’t think it’s enough.  I’ve purchased a grow light (to be delivered soon) to hopefully fatten them up.  I have *always* grown my seedlings under lights and had great success so hopefully we can turn these little guys around.

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The light I purchased is a bit of an experiment.  I ordered this one… Plant Light .  I have not tried LED before but people seem to like them.  If it works well, I will be purchasing the bigger flood lights from this company for my winter set up 🙂

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No step-by-step this week as I haven’t technically done anything with our seedlings other then mist them daily!

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2017 in Julii, Step-by-Step

 

Julii ‘Peppermint Creme’ – Day 19

19 days old!!!

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I moved all the Lithops, including our little ‘Peppermint Cremes’, outside.  They are on a covered deck but get south/east sunlight filtered through the leaves of some taller trees.  They seem to be handling the transition well.

I have removed the plastic cover.  The seedlings need to be misted a few times a day to ensure they don’t dry out.  Once a week, I set them in a sink full of water, almost up to the rim of the pot, and let the soil media soak up the moisture through the bottom and sides of the pot.  This week, I added a tiny amount of general purpose plant fertilizer to the weekly soak water.  This is the period where they need a lot of care.  Once they get their first true leaves, we will be able to relax a bit 🙂

I don’t water seedlings from above, always from the bottom.  The young Lithops are too sensitive to be watered from above.  It is okay to mist them lightly, but when you give them a good drink, let them pull it up from the bottom of the pot.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2017 in Julii, Step-by-Step