Cacti, Succulents & Lithops

With Autumn winds blowing, and rain beating on the windows, the last place I want to be is working in the garden.  But I’ve still got that itch to grow things and I haven’t yet worked out when I need to make a start on vegetables for Spring planting.

So I was looking around for something else that prefers to be left alone to get on with growing and I’m going to try some cacti, succulents and lithops (living stones) from seed.  I probably should wait until Spring, but I’m too impatient.

I’ve bought the special compost and ordered the seeds, which have now arrived in the post.

Here’s what I’m hoping will eventually grow; they are notoriously slow.

And these are the lithops seeds that arrived – a packet of 10 seeds, though there appear to be more.  They are so small it’s hard to tell (the label is 3 x 7 cms).

After a wait of a week, the Cacti and succulent seeds arrived in the post.  There should be approximately 300 – I’m certainly not going to attempt to count them.

I’ve planted some of the seeds into a plastic egg box containing cacti compost, and I’ll  leave it in a warm place to see what happens.

I think these may be the first seeds I have sown using a magnifying glass, tweezers and the sticky part of a post-it note!