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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Mar 1, 2017 1:20 PM CST
Is this the correct forum to post the query?

Here's a photo today of the plant I purchased as Gasteria liliputana 'Dwarf Ox -Tongue'.
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It blooms readily and last fall I noticed one of the stalks had formed a pod. So I left it and waited. When I saw that it had dried and was beginning to crack, I gathered and collected four seeds from the pod. I planted them immediately in a clear plastic grocery store container which I could close up. I just put fish tank gravel for weight and humidity control and actually planted the seeds in a tiny clay pot which could be completely enclosed in the container:
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Late last week I found one had sprouted. Which was sort of exciting because I really hadn't expected any result. Now, I have no confidence at all in being able to keep it alive. I've been worried about it damping off in the container, so I've been opening the lid and yesterday even had it outdoors so the wind would give it more air circulation. I'm not really hopeful about my ability to keep it going.....but - any advice? The little fellow sure looks fragile and delicate and seems to just be sitting on top of the seed casing. I can't tell if there's a root going down or not, but it's way to tiny to try and mess with to see if there is or not.

Donald
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
Cactus and Succulents Seed Starter Foliage Fan Xeriscape Container Gardener Bromeliad
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Baja_Costero
Mar 1, 2017 1:39 PM CST

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Do your best to be patient. Smiling Brand new seedlings take a good while to get up to speed. You can leave it with the lid off but be sure not to let the soil get too dry too often. Indoors in a mix of 50% pumice I would water every 3-4 days, given good light. I like to lay down a thin layer of lava rock around the young plants, basically top dress them after they sprout, which helps avoid displacing them during watering. Their first roots are quite shallow to start with.

It looks like the mother plant is offsetting nicely, so you have plenty of backups should the seed project be too slow. Smiling
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Mar 1, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Thanks @Baja_Costero. At this point I have only misted it and I'm not leaving the lid open except part of the time. That's because I'm worried about damping off. I didn't go to any great lengths to keep it all sterile. The actual planting medium is ground up coir, I think. I've never had a succulent seedling before. It looks stemless and damping off seems to attack stems at the soil line on young things I've had. Still, I'm assuming a succulent sprout would be just as susceptible to attack as other kinds of newly sprouted seedlings. I'm sort of hoping one or more of the other three seeds will also germinate, but who knows?

Yes, there are a lot of offsets on the mother plant :). I'm hoping it will eventually reach the edge of the container. I tend to let my plants just run amuck when I can. It's my preference for some reason. It does deny a clear look at the plant structure to some extent, but it just looks happy to me.

How small is the lava rock? Seems like any I've ever seen would just bury this little thing.

Donald
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
Cactus and Succulents Seed Starter Foliage Fan Xeriscape Container Gardener Bromeliad
Hummingbirder Native Plants and Wildflowers Garden Photography Region: Mexico Plant Identifier Forum moderator
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Baja_Costero
Mar 1, 2017 4:20 PM CST

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Here is an example so you can see the lava rock in action.

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Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
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madcratebuilder
Mar 2, 2017 8:29 AM CST
A very experienced cactus grower told me that crushed oyster shells are a great seed starting medium. About a quarter inch over your soil mix, sow seeds on top, mist as needed.
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