Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Bowiea volubilis seedlings!


The much-anticipated Sea Onions have germinated! So exciting! These guys were so much easier to germinate than I expected. Sowed 12 seeds, 6 in cactus soil and 6 in mesemb soil and barely covered the seeds*. After a week 6 of 6 came up in the mesemb soil, 4 of 6 came up in the cactus soil (one later died). They even survived a short bout of damping off, during which they suffered through cinnamon dusting, chamomile tea spraying and the constant blowing of a fan, which finally seemed to do the trick.These pictures were taken at ~20 days old.

I have no idea how these things are supposed to progress or what their growth will look like. hopefully they are working on adorable little caudexes underneath the soil.

 New tendril growth maybe?

*my mesemb soil is really just cactus soil with a baked clay soil added for extra coarseness and draining capability. I still feel like I have no idea what the fuck I'm doing when it comes to soils.

1 comment:

  1. Where do you find all these strange plants? :) These guys are looking really cute and delicate.