Sunday, June 24, 2012

Aloinopsis malherbei

Time to show you the new guys! I got two Aloinopsis plants together with the Prepodesma a couple of weeks ago. This one is Aloinopsis malherbei, a master of disguise. Also, the leaves look like paws, don't they?
After buying a new plant I'm always worried the roots won't take. It's like two stages of making sure the plant feels fine: First, it reacts to water, spreads its leaves which are getting slightly green at the base, gets rid of the wrinkles; Second, the new leaves start coming out. It's safe to say both Aloinopsis have managed the first stage, even though it took them two waterings.

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  1. Very nice plant, Rika! Yes, its leaves resemble some fantasy creature's paws ). And aloinopsis is extremely easy to grow from seeds, more easy than lithops.

    How is your Frithia humilis doing? Is it recovering?

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    1. I'll try growing them from seeds one day for sure. :) They're a real eye candy.

      No, the Frithia didn't make it. By the time I was trying to save something, there was nothing left to save. I got seeds from it though. Sowed 10, 9 of which have germinated. I'll try it this way and f it doesn't work I'll have to give up Frithias until the better times..

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    2. (seeds were from a seed capsule I bought it with)

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    3. That is sad to hear. Don't give up, the conditions on your windowsill are good for frithias. I think the point was in overwatering and the pumice. That plant will get along without humus soil, if you don't want to add it. But the pure pumice doesn't work obviously. I would mix it with the quartz gravel in halves, that will make the substrate dry faster. I'm sure, you read about frithias' cultivation, but here is a usefull link for any case
      http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantefg/frithhum.htm

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    4. Just read the information on that website. Thank you Eugine! :)
      Yes, you're probably right, although it's strange how pumice dries very quickly with all my other plants but doesn't dry at all with frithia. The young seedlings will stay in pumice for a while but I'll prepare something with quartz gravel when they're older and ready to be transplanted. For such young plants permanently wet pumice should be necessary anyway, shouldn't it?

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  2. We call these and Titanopsis as tortoise feet, I would say these more sea-turtle! LOL! Mine grew quick from seed and flowered at 1y. Really great plants to have in a collection. Eager to please!
    Little Things (LT)

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    1. At one year already? wow!
      Nice to know it's an "easygoing" plant, this is my favorite kind :D

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  3. I have had 2 of these & they are beautiful when I buy them, with in 2 weeks they are all floppy & dead. I love them & can't figure out what am I doing so wrong ?

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    1. Hi Judie :)
      I've had mine for several months only and it's difficult to judge. Do you mean the leaves get too long? If you keep yours in cacti soil mix and in a lot of sunlight and water just a little when they get too small and wrinkly they should have the compact form again. Mine gets a lot of sunlight and grows in pure pumice..

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