I have often been taken by a plant known as Desert Rose. It has been hybridized and comes in hundreds of colors. You can get seeds from many e-bay sellers. Often the pictures are stunning but since the plants are usually hybrids, it is unlikely that plants grown from seed will look just like their parents; thus you have to wait and see to find out what you really got.
Currently, I am growing 6 varieties: Chorfah, Devine Creation, Triple Salmon King, Black Edition, Purple Mandala, and DB Sunrise.
It’s not too hard to grow these from seed. My seeds are about a year old and I still had decent success with them sprouting. Here’s how I did it:
- Get a fast draining cactus mix from your local nursery. I just picked up a bag from the nursery down the street. It wasn’t a name brand, just a local mix. Lot’s of people don’t like the ones from miracle grow and others so they make their own with the following ingredients:
- 65% perlite
- 5% rock
- 5% sand
- 20% top soil with coir or a small percentage of peat
- I plant the seeds just below the soil in peat pots. Then place in an old tupperware container and fill with water. Put the whole thing in a large ziplock bag and partially close it. You still want some airflow so you don’t get mold. The temperature needs to be between 75 – 95 degrees so you may want to pick up an inexpensive heat pad from Lowes or Home Depot.
- Things should sprout in 3-5 days. Sometimes they take a bit longer but nearly all my plants are up within this time frame if they are going to sprout at all.
- This is what my current brood looks like. They are only a few weeks old so I am anxious for them to bloom so I know what their true identity is!