A few shots of succulent seedlings here to celebrate the start of spring.
First up is Agave shawii, native to here. Seed sown late November (timed after the first rain of the season), plants now about 4 months old. They are on their third or fourth leaf and starting to turn.
The pot on the left is on a SW-facing windowsill that gets a few hours of afternoon sun year-round. The one on the right is on a NE-facing windowsill which gets lots of reflected light but no sun in the winter. Otherwise they have been treated the same.
The results (so far) are sort of informative. The plants on the right are greener and their leaves are longer and skinnier. Note leaf pathology on upper right plant. The top dressing (pumice) is also a different color in that pot. It turns brown when it's in contact with wet soil. That means there's also a difference between the two pots in terms of how long they hold on to the water I've been giving them. It will be interesting to see how they change when the sun starts hitting that window in a few weeks.
Finally a shot of a teenager (in agave years) out in the garden catching the last rays of the day, by way of inspiration for the little ones.