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Frithia's should be kept dry in winter and use rainwater, like acidity. Also do not water heavily when night time temps go higher than 68F. I mist mine at night and water once a week in summer. They do have lovely little flowers - great find.
I also bought two Delosperma sutherlandi. How do you think they would fair in the heat and sun here? I was thinking of putting them into the edge of the cacti bed but not sure it would give enough afternoon shade.
I've planted these outside in my garden for the last four years. They have done extremely well for me (zone 6b). Last year was the worst they have done. We had two weeks of 100+ temps and very little rain. They looked so bad that I didn't even dig them up last year. I even had one little plant that survived most of the winter until it dropped down to about 10 deg in mid January. I'm really surprised how well they do here. I have bought mine from Lowes each year, also.
Gary the plant I bought is not baby toes or Fenestraria. They are Frithia, which are of course a different genus with lovely pinkish blooms. I do see baby toes at Lowe's each year too. I currently have two plants that I got there 2 years ago. I keep mine alive under lights in winter and then move the pots outside in part shade and they have done OK so far.
Our Lowe's here got a shipment in this week of a wide variety of lovely succulents...Frithias, sedums, graptopetalums, escheverias, aloes, euphorbias, lithops and more...and all of them under $5. Some were in tiny 4 paks...what bliss. I traded a fancy anniversary dinner for a flat of pretties...DH was pleased...he didn't have to dress up grin
Thanks Tim. I was ecstatic...my husband said get one for each year...when I picked up my jaw, I started combing through and wound up with 41 different plants and cultivars...I think he forgot how long we have been married GRIN. The most amazing thing to me was that every single plant was labeled with botanic name and cultivar...what a rarity for a big box store.
Wow! You've got me beat by 11years! It's becoming a rarity to see marriages last that long now a days. Congrats! My goodness, I hope you've got plenty of room for all your new additions. It's a surprise to find labels at all sometimes at these stores…Much less some that are detailed. Hmmm….I think I may have to take a trip to our Lowe's this weekend! :-)
Thats were all the spring succulants at HD and Lowe's come from in spring. Not too bad if you get them early but they are often in poor shape from over watering and lack of light. I would also tell you that not all of them are always properly IDed.
Thanks for the heads up. These were all in very good shape...said they just got the shipment in... lucky me...grin I am researching care/growing requirements for each plant species/cv so I should be able to catch any errors hopefully.
dry in winter - summer growers - once a week, depending on soil and how quick it dries. I have a routine of 1 deep watering followed by 1 shallow watering the next week and evening (dusk) mist every or second day, to cool pots. Mist should dry within 1 hour or so. Works for me.
Love these little guys! I was confused so looked up Fenestraria and Frithia in DG Plant Files. They call them both Baby Toes and the toes sure look the same, except the Frithia has pink flowers and the Fenestraria has white to yellow flowers. Ran has killed two of the Fenestraria in pots so far with but the third is holding it's own. Maybe I'll put it in the ground after reading the DG PF comments.
Hey Annie, go for it. My husband gets a kick out of some of the succulents...especially the lithops/mimicry plants, so he likes to "look too". Whether on-line or in store shouldn't matter...after all, a vacuum cleaner, ordered on line or bought in store, is still not the wisest anniversary gift...but succulents work well. Moon