Sunday, September 14, 2014
Do you have any advise or explanation? I can't figure out what these guys are missing. They've been starting flowers, then drying them off and replacing them with leaves... And then start all over again. It's been going on for so long with both seedlings and my adult plant that I've come to see it as normal. Still, I'd really like to actually see the flowers develop and open someday. I water them well (no fertilizer since months though).
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Looks like my Lithops are heaving an early flowering season. I have 4 flowers at the moment and more coming soon. What a happy sight! :)
One of my own L. bromfieldii v. glaudinae seedlings has flowered for the first time and the flower is HUGE! In fact, this is one of these little kids. All grown up now.
Good thing they flower in the afternoon. This way I can catch them on camera even when I come home after six. And even though it is already getting dark the flowers are still brimming with sunlight they've soaked up during the day.
The L. fulviceps 'Aurea' flower looks very relaxed...
... and the one on L. fulviceps v. lactinea is already a week old. It has an interesting shape now but still such shiny petals!
The newcommer, L. verruculosa, decided to bloom, too. This is the first time I see a cream-colored flower on a lithops. It's so unusual. It looks more like red gold to me and fits the color of the plant leaves.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
I think I've mentioned that I bought several beautifully grown Conophytum specimen at the C&S market in Essen recently but haven't shown them yet. Now one of the plants is flowering and this is a good reason for an introduction.
I have almost no own experience growing Conophytums but I've read a lot about them and I'm going to do my best to keep these as healthy and beautiful as they are now. They are used to a greenhouse but I'll do what I can. The previous owner warned me to water extremely rarely and just a little at a time. Please note that the pots are 5x5cm and the heads are very very small!
Conophytum pellucidum v. pellucidum 'pardicolor' ex. de Boer
Conophytum ricardianum SB1116
Conophytum uviforme ssp. uviforme SB952
Conophytum bilobum 'christiansenium' (2 plants). These look like Cheiridopsis to me :)
Friday, August 22, 2014
Looks like this year is the year for Lithops fulviceps to shine on my windowsill. I was lucky to have two C363 flowering at the same time so that I could pollinate properly and here is the result.
Another L. fulviceps v. lactinea is going to flower. Unfortunately too late to pollinate with the first one but welcome nonetheless.
L. fulviceps seem to always be early here. The younger plants are already regenerating. Last year and the year before I was worried. What would they do in winter if they finish regeneration so early? But they seem to know themselves better than I do. Even if they start now they do it so slowly that by the time they finish it will be spring XD
These Fenestratia rhopalophylla ssp. aurantiaca 'Fireworth' seedlings are now 4 months old and getting touchy. Like teenagers they seem to hate everything I do and grow best when I just leave them alone. I can't quite figure them out. Being winter-growers Fenestrarias rest in summer. My understanding was that such young seedlings wouldn't have the resting period yet but they really really hate being watered these days. It's like 3 drops are barely okay but when it's 4 - they get suicidal. Watering results in immediate leaf loss. But they are so small and they need water, don't they? It's hot and sunny after all. Apparently what I think is best for them is the opposite of what they think. I guess I'll keep giving them those 3 drops of water whenever they get soft and hope they won't freak out.