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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Signs of active growth in succulents (even when it’s really hot!)

Signs of active growth in succulents: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if certain succulents are actively growing, especially when it’s really hot outside. Here are the main signs to look for that will let you know your plants are currently producing new growth and not dormant due to the season or temperature.

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