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Birthday

Last month was my birthday and my partner have me this nice ceramic planter. It took me a while to figure out what to put on it.

A month and a half ago I repotted my haworthia cymbiformis, and I had a number of offsets.


Yes, it was neglected and sad looking. My plan to let it clump was not going to plan as I obviously didn’t accommodate the needs of all those babies and the mother consumed a number of lower leaves to fuel them.

Upside was I had a ton of babies. Some offsets even we’re starting their own offsets.



A few had roots but a number of the tiny ones did not.

I decided to take a few overdue propagations of Crassula and graptosedums, and grabbed nine of those small offsets for the planter.

I neglected to get photos since I needed four hands for the project, and had an inquisitive feline helper to ward off, but it was crazy how many roots when the tiny offsets had grown in a month and a half.

The finished planter will settle under lights in the basement for a week or so before I take it to the office.  This haworthia offsets rapidly, so either the planter will fill nicely… Or the whole thing will end in disaster. But given I still have five babies left looking for homes, it will be a safe experiment.

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Comptoniana

What’s better after a stressful weak than retail therapy? I got quite a deal on this leaf propagated haworthia comptoniana from a Facebook sales group. I know I have several seedlings slowly growing, but this bargain can jump start my breeding group hopefully, and if nothing else may eventually become a guilt free test subject for coring and leaf propagation.

I scored this for only $5! Nicely timed after a brutal week.

April & Haworthia seedlings.

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Small, unassuming haworthia blossoms.

The arrival of an actual spring means things are starting to wake up and bloom – including plants that are indoors, in the basement. I don’t know how they know, but several of my haworthias all started to send up flower spikes at the same time, which is a rare occurance.  They like to fire off randomly, and never overlap, so I haven’t really had a chance to try my hand at cross pollination… before now. (more…)

Skipping the Plant Show and Spring 2017 Seed Orders

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This past weekend was the big Midwest Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale in Cleveland, and due to some inclement weather, I opted to not get up super early on a Saturday morning and drive two hours there and back this year.  I wasn’t entirely ready to brave the roads, and I knew from the prior year that if you weren’t there early, things would get pretty picked over– even though last year, I think the massive turn out caught the event organizers by surprise and I knew (as I have a Facebook friend from the group that runs the show) that this year they were a lot more prepared.

Still, though, from the sounds of it – the crowd was so huge that the space they were holding the show in couldn’t accomodate everyone, and many folks had to wait outside for their turn just to enter the building.  The stories didn’t make me regret my decision to stay home too terribly much.  (Although I’ve seen a few pictures of plants from the sale that gave me slight pangs of regret.  Just not enough regret.)

So try to stop myself from focusing on my FOMO, I spent some time… (more…)