Spring is here and it's time to get the plants repotted and cleaned up before it gets too hot and they become dormant. At the moment they are growing new roots and leaves after the colder months and some of the cacti are flowering.
I sowed a lot of mesemb seeds in a tray about 2 years ago and I should have separated them long ago, in fact, sowing them like this was a mistake because the roots all ended up terribly tangled and the competition for nutrients left some of the plants extremely stunted.
In the end, I have 60 little pots, I'll see how many survive the transplanting.
I'll see how they do now that they have sufficient space to grow better roots. Ultimately I want to sell these at my local succulent show so it's ok to have so many. In hindsight I probably should have washed the soil off and separated them more carefully but I think that these will recover quickly enough.
Next was dealing with this monster ball of haworthia offsets that has lost its roots
It's started regrowing its roots and it makes sense to dismantle into separate plants.
In the end, there are 13 separate plants, the one with the large stem and roots is the original parent plant. As can be seen, all the offsets have their own roots so I will wait a few days for the separated ends where the offsets were attached to the parent plant to seal before I pot them up and they will quickly start growing. In some species of haworthia, this is actually a form of reproduction: the plant makes a large ball, loses its roots and then starts to roll around and the offsets detach and hopefully manage to reroot themselves. This is actually a better form of plant reproduction for my purposes, I'll have large, saleable plants very soon.
I also sowed some more haworthia seeds and repotted all my seedlings,
something that I should have done long ago and I will have quite a few plants ready for the succulent show in December.
Another outstanding task: remove this mesemb that germinated in the adromischus pot but I'll wait until it's finished flowering.
I also got a lot of new plants that were couriered to me, I'm doing a lot of online buying, now that lockdown has made me unable to buy from the local sources. These are also plants that I'm planning on propagating or reselling