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 ;)


  1. Nice collection. I find Conophytums can scorch if not given some shade in the Summer.

    1. Thank you. I'll try to be careful with them :)