A seedling update

It’s been nearly 6 months since I sowed this years seed batch, and 2 since I pricked out the seedlings into a better growing medium. They all appear to be growing well and steady, fattening out and producing slightly bigger spines.

Gymnocalycium baldianumGymnocalycium erolesii

The baldianum and erolesii seem to be the most tolerant of the seedlings, and on average, the best growers. It’s nice to see the difference between the two types of baldianum seed that was sown together, and the deep green epidermis the erolesii have retained.

Gymnocalycium mesopotamicumGymnocalycium damsii ssp. evae

The mesopotamicum and damsii ssp. evae, on the other hand, are not quite so large in numbers and are more sensitive to light, temperature, and watering amounts. Perhaps they’d do better in an even more moisture retaining soil.

Gymnocalycium calochlorumEchinopsis obrepanda

The Gymnocalycium calochlorum crop is a sturdy one, and seems to owe this to the freshness of the seed (collected last year from my own plant) and the large amount of seed that pod produced. This quality appears to be very benificial when it comes down to reproducing. The only Echinopsis obrepanda that survived past germination is also doing well, reaching a size larger than any of the other seedlings.


~ by Brown Moth on September 20, 2009.

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