Friday, September 6, 2013

summer regeneration

Can someone tell me why some lithops can regenerate twice a year so perfectly, quickly and into a nice shape, while others can't even manage to change their leaves once without problems? 

These schwantesii are regenerating for the second time this year but at least it looks like they know what they are doing.


  1. Hey, you are the expert we all come to for answers. :) Where are my manners...Good morning!

    How old are these plants? I'm wondering if this multiple annual regeneration is tied into whether or not the plant is a juvenile or adult. Many plants look and behave differently depending on whether they are in a juvenile or adult stage. For young (juvenile) lithops multiple yearly regeneration is normal. We see that in our seedlings. Once they mature, and are healthy, they usually have a single annual regeneration. Would there be some advantage in multiple annual regenerations when they are young? Maybe it would hasten maturity and flowering. After all, that's what plants exist for, flowering and reproduction.

    I think this multiple annual regeneration is different from the stalled regeneration that troubles some adult species, and their growers! That's a problem I'm still thinking about. Have a nice day at work.

    The new leaves of your L. schwantesii are sure pretty.

    1. Haha I'm only an expert on my own windowsill :D
      True. The more our seedlings regenerate the faster they grow. In adults it has an opposite effect I'm afraid.. These plants I bought as 2-3 year olds and they've been at my place for a couple of years. No idea why they do it but at least they're good at it :)
      Have a nice Saturday!