Slow Start Seeds

This year’s seeds seem slow to get going or maybe I’m getting more impatient as I use up my remaining years. Germinaton rates haven’t been great either – way under 50% so far.Of the sowings made at the beginning of May, current seedlings showing are as follows:

From Middleton Cactus Mart (BCSS seed, no heat)

  • Thelocactus bicolour – 4
  • Astrophytum mixed – 4
  • Mammillaria (Mamillopsis) senilis – 5
  • Frailea pumila – 1
  • Echinocereus rigidissimus – 0
  • Echinocereus pectinatus – 0

From Kakteen Haage (with bottom heat for first 10 days)

  • Agave parryi – 0
  • Aloe ramosissima – 2
  • Mammillaria geminispina – 6
  • Mammillaria guelzowiana – 1
  • Mammillaria wilcoxii – 0
  • Matucana madisoniorum – 5
  • Parodia magnifica – 0
  • Fouquieriea splendens – 2
  • Hesperaloe funifera – 0
  • Operculicaria decaryi – 0
  • Pachypodium densiflorum – 2
  • Astrophytum mix – 11
  • Echinocereus mix – 2
  • Echinopsis hybrid mix – 6
  • Epiphyllum mix – 1
  • Rhipsalidopsis mix – 0
  • Ferocactus mix – 3
  • Lobivia mix – 2
  • Rebutia mix – 2
  • Flowering mix – 3

Kept back half the  KH succulent seeds and am trying them in vermiculite bags to see if they germinate more readily – found this a very successful method earlier in the year to get Adenium, Cissus juttae & Agave parryi going.

1 Comment

  1. cactusfairy said,

    May 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    A bit miffed to discover this evening that my friend the Greenhouse Goblin, with whom I shared the Middleton seeds, has successfully germinated both kinds of Echinocereus. Still, I know now they are viable. Maybe I’ll move mine onto the heated tray to see if they respond.


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