Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Succulent/Cactus Seedling Identification

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Name: Wessel Mulder

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wessel_mulder
Sep 11, 2017 2:51 PM CST
Need some help identifying this succulent/cactus I planted over the summer. Any ideas?

1. Thumb of 2017-09-11/wessel_mulder/a89446

Below are some others I planted during the same period!

I'm not sure what these are, I'm guessing adeniums?
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Pretty sure these are both adeniums.
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4. Thumb of 2017-09-12/wessel_mulder/ba1346

No idea what this is....
5. Thumb of 2017-09-12/wessel_mulder/72953e

I believe this to be my only aloe!
6. Thumb of 2017-09-12/wessel_mulder/06c00a

Next up are these opuntias! (I think)
7. Thumb of 2017-09-12/wessel_mulder/224006

No idea what these are....
8. Thumb of 2017-09-12/wessel_mulder/c8112e

These are my agaves! Super excited about these!
9. Thumb of 2017-09-12/wessel_mulder/b19084

These are very cute but a bit too small to identify... Can't wait to see what they'll become!
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11. Thumb of 2017-09-12/wessel_mulder/20b11f

Lastly my lithops!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 11, 2017 9:28 PM CST
Welcome! To Cactus Land

Did you start with seeds? Do you know what they are supposed to be? Where did you get them? Any other info you can add would be great.
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Name: Wessel Mulder

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wessel_mulder
Sep 12, 2017 2:43 AM CST
Yes, I started them from seed. I have no idea what they're supposed to be as they were in a mixed assortment of succulent and cactus seeds, ordered from cactusplaza.com. I'd say they're about 2 months old.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Sep 12, 2017 8:52 AM CST

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What a wonderful collection of baby succulent seedlings. Welcome!

I can't help with the ID of the first plant, but I can shed a little light on a couple of others. #6 is not an aloe because the leaves taper at the base (I'm not sure what it could be, though). #8 looks like an agave, and should end up looking like the next set of seedlings soon.

It looks like you planted your seedlings in pure coir (coconut fiber)... this may present problems with moisture retention if you are not very careful about how you water. Do the containers have holes in the bottom? I'm wondering if water can pool down there (risk of rot).
Name: Wessel Mulder

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wessel_mulder
Sep 12, 2017 12:29 PM CST
Interesting, thanks for you help! Maybe #6 is a type of haworthia? And yes, the containers have holes in the bottom. So far I haven't experienced any traces of rot, and have been very careful about watering my little seedlings. I wait for the soil to dry completely, and once I feel they should be watered again I place the container in a shallow dish of water, and let the soil take the water up al the way to the top. I also make sure to water them in the mornings!
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Sep 12, 2017 12:49 PM CST

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You can definitely make that setup work, exactly the way you are taking care of the seedlings. You don't need to let the soil go completely dry when your succulents are that small.. they like more moisture when they are tiny seedlings than they would like as mature plants. I'm guessing my seedlings (also right by a window indoors) get to about 25% saturation (mostly dry, but not bone dry) each time.

The bottom watering you describe should be perfect for getting the soil properly moist. Try to allow the container enough time in the water (maybe 20 minutes?) so that it has a good opportunity to get fully wet, and then make sure it doesn't sit in standing water afterwards.

Also be aware that cocofiber has an interesting paradoxical response to water when it dries out all the way. Bone dry cocofiber actually repels water, until it has had a chance to become moist, and then it is much more efficient at absorbing it. Bottom watering should work fine either way (given enough time) but this is something to bear in mind when your seedlings grow up a little and you start taking care of them differently. You may consider using a mix with some rock in it (pumice, perlite, or equivalent) when your plants are big enough to graduate to their own pots. I start all my succulent seeds in 50% pumice/25% cocofiber/25% compost.
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Name: Wessel Mulder

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wessel_mulder
Sep 12, 2017 1:13 PM CST
Great, thanks for the tips! I'll definitely take them into account.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 12, 2017 7:17 PM CST
10 and 11 are barrel cactus.

Did you sort them by look? That's a good idea - I always have a mish-mash.
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Name: Wessel Mulder

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wessel_mulder
Sep 13, 2017 1:56 AM CST
Yes! I sorted the bigger seeds when planting them, but didn't care to sort the smaller ones as there were tons of them and they were too small to compare and sort.

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