Sunday, December 19, 2010


I will go home to spend the holidays with my parents but what about the plants? They sure don't need any water but without heating it might get too cold for them. Still there's nothing left to do but risk it. I will have to somehow take the youngest seedlings along though. The other option would be to come and check in on them during the holidays but it would be difficult. I'll need to figure this out soon.
Anywaaay, the older plants are showing nice progress. One of the venteris is getting two-headed. Gesinae and dorotheae have also changed compared to one month ago.


More plants are letting me catch a glimpse of their new clothes. It's almost as if they were teasing me!  

Saturday, December 18, 2010


I haven't seen so much snow in ages. As soon as it starts melting it snows again. I'm not used to it at all but it is surely a beautiful sight.
Meanwhile the plants are quietly digesting their old leaves and growing new ones :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

not much happens this time of the year

This formally very pink gesinae also belongs to the plants with no sign of new leaves yet. It's really cute and petite, the 'windows' shining in the rare winter sun.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

the "indifferent" aucampiae

These two aucampiae haven't seen water for ages but still no visible change, not yet. I've transplanted them recently from two separate into one 7x7 cm container. Not sure if it went well, not with these poker faces :)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

twisted lesliei update

Long ago I was writing about a lesliei that grew its new leaves strangely twisted and sort of 'unfinished' on the sides. I didn't think it would but it made it through the year and now appears to push new normal leaves.

Sometimes I think weak and strange plants survive, although you never expect them to, while really healthy looking plants just wither one day without a warning.

PS: Bought this plant at the Succulent Expo as a 'Fred's Redhead' x C006A hybrid. An attempt to get reddish plants with white flowers?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

top red

I am amazed to see how far along the lesliei are at changing their leaves. Almost all of them are at it, and even though they still have lots of old "meet" they are working through it quickly. There are some other taxa which are clearly busy growing the new leaves at the moment - poor wrinkly things :) - but there are as well a lot of plants showing no change whatsoever (not that they have to - it's still very early for that).
Like these karasmontana 'top red'. I've bought both in Japan but from different sources (the blueish one is from the Succulent Expo).