Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wintergrowers (4 pics)

I'm still figuring out the so-called winter-growing mesembs and so far I couldn't really see any particular growing in winter for some reason. All the detectable growing started about a month ago, which is in March. Before that they were seemingly sound asleep.

New and perfect leaves are showing up on the old Argyroderma crateriforme. The smaller 3rd head also has something inside but I think it will die off eventually like it's counterpart. Argyrodermas seem to have very shallow roots. This plant is hopping out of the pot a lot when the roots are inactive and I need to weigh it down with something. 

I'm keeping all Conophytums dry. I read that's what you do. We'll see how this'll play out. Basically they should become dry shells and after a while apparently new leaves will come out. In theory. I sure hope so. Otherwise they will just dry and die I guess. Nevertheless, I can see new leaves shining through on this Conophytum pellucidum (with a long name) at least, so that's a relief. No idea about the others. They are very wrinkly though.

Looks like my Cheiridopsis are enjoing whatever comes their way. The care is quite easy and more or less intuitive (good word for when you don't know what you're doing haha). I really want to grow more of this species. The one year old Cherry kids (C. pillansii) are doing fine and growing new leaves.

The grown ups are showing new leaves, too. And even new branches! Bigger pots required once I get that pane for the windowsill. On the left side of the picture there are two Mitrophyllum grande plants. They're not very "grande", as you see, compared to the Cheridopsis (they are all in 5x5cm pots). These plants are a great success! Well, if by success we understand "yay, they're still alive". You can see the A-leaves and the B-leaves. And I think the next A-leaves are about to break though. Probably the older A-leaves should have dried off by now, but okay, whatever floats your pot. I'm trying to be more tolerant of the private dealings of my plants ;)

Redder than red (5 pics)

Sorry, I just had to share this with you. Every year when my L. lesliei 'Fred's Redhead' are changing their leaves I'm so amazed how dark they actually are. This is not a red color as suggested by the name. This is dark velvety vine color. The one in the middle is almost black! 
They are quote small for their age and I doubt they will flower this year, but who knows. Would be great to sow more. They are so unusual.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Free seeds (UPDATE)

Hi guys. I got a lot of seed orders over the past few days and it will take me some time to prepare them. Please be patient. I'm on it :)

UPDATE: All gone, thank you!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Paper pockets for seeds (tutorial)

Since I'm currently at it here is a quick tutorial of how to make paper pockets to store your seeds. 

They are easy to do and pretty much ideal for their purpose. No sticky tape or glue and no cutting or ripping to open them. Also, you can open and close them as often as you wish, no problem at all. If you want to sow all seeds at once you just unfold and have them all on a piece of paper before you. They're safe to store and to send in the mail in a simple envelope (no squashed seeds!).

Free seeds

Yesterday I finally came around to sorting out my seed boxes and sowing some Lithops. I've sown 22 different kinds! Some of them have been waiting for 5 years so I'm not sure what to expect of the germination rate but we'll see. I read they can stay viable for 30 years.
I've also harvested some seed capsules and have more seeds to offer for free now.
Please check the list HERE.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The proper look (8 pics)

This time of the year is pretty exciting for a lithops fan. The new leaves are starting to show revealing fresh two-heads and all those patterns and colors that appear so new to us because over the last several months we already forgot how our plants actually look like. But before we are allowed to see them in all their glory there's a transition stage to go through. Some might say the plants look especially ugly but for the connoisseur this sight is beautiful and most welcome. It means everything goes well and we can look forward to the new season of inspired lithops-watching. The proper look in March is when they look like old shoe soles.

Friday, March 6, 2015


Lithops lesliei look like they are not particularly happy the spring is coming. They seem to squint in the first warm sunlight and hide back in their cozy pumice beds. "Don't wake us just yet!"