2 Month progress and first water since starting Astrophytum asterias seedlings (200+ germinated!)

Here’s a 2 month update on the Astrophytum asterias I started back on February 8th 2024 in the video ‘Sterilizing soil and starting Astrophytum asterias seeds – Microwave and plastic bag methods.’

This is the first time watering them since I started them. I’m keeping them bagged for at least another month to help them build stronger roots and defenses against fungal gnats and soil pathogens like mildew.

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Sterilizing soil and starting Astrophytum asterias seeds – Microwave and plastic bag methods

Sterilizing soil and starting Astrophytum asterias seeds - Microwave and plastic bag methods

I ordered some Astrophytum asterias seeds a couple of months ago and I’m finally potting them up! I wanted to go the extra mile and sterilize the soil in the microwave, and pots in bleach water, because there are some special varieties I really want to succeed.

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Edithcolea grandis: Post freeze repair ‘Persian Carpet Flower’

An orange cat named Melvin observing my Edithcolea cuttings

My Edithcolea grandis had a little trouble dealing with life in the garage during the freeze mid-January. I had a heater on but it still got down to about 45ºF / 7ºC for a couple days. And I didn’t water her so she got a bit stressed. No worries though, we’re going to fix her up and take cuttings! Also: Bonus cat Melvin makes a surprise appearance 😅

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