I had this plan to take photos of my Mesemb seedlings the first of every month so I would have a record of their growth. I was doing well with my project but fell short these past few months. I’ll try to start it up again (but no promises!).
Cheiridopsis glomerata sown 3/11/2012 and badly in need of being pricked out and given their own pots. The problem is I have nowhere to put all those little pots! I am going to remedy that soon though.
Muiria hortenseae also sown a year ago today. To tell the truth I am a little nervous to pot these guys up. They are supposed to be tricky and they are doing so well. I’m afraid if I mess with them they will all drop dead.
Lithops optica var. rubra
Honestly it is a miracle I have kept any Lithops alive a year and a half. I have killed more Lithops than any other mesemb.
Mitrophyllum grande (left) and Monilaria pisiformis
These are also a year old today and have been potted up and growing outside since spring. They went dormant over the summer and I am shocked that they Monilaria survived. They were all just a few millimeters tall when they went dormant and nothing was left but a few wisps of papery dried up husks. But they sprang to life with the fall rains and the one pictured and a few others are already about an inch high. This one even branched already.
The story for Dactylopsis digitata is not as happy. Another tricky one to grow they are not thriving since coming out of dormancy. Their old dead leaves are still clinging to them and they have put on little growth. This is supposedly pretty common. I expect they will just wither away.
Mitrophyllum dissitum however are doing really well. Sown 1/16/11 so almost two years old. This past summer was their first dormancy and I was surprised how huge they had become once the rains started in fall and they started growing again. For a while I was nervous about them because like the Dactylopsis their old dried skins were also clinging to them. But the wet and humidity of a few rainy days in November seemed to do the trick and the old skins washed away.
I think I need to start up some new mesembs and other succulents from seed. They are far more forgiving than regular herbaceous and woody plants so I can go out of town and not worry about them too much. People are always raving about Mesa Garden so maybe I will place an order with them when their 2013 seed list comes out.