Decided I am going to make a tread, which I can update from time to time
1st Conophytum taylorianum ssp. ernianum flowering this week.
I love the pink hue of the spotted bodies
LT's plants & flowers
WOW! those are beautiful I would be afraid to try them here in Colorado...so dry and very cold in winter, are they indoors or out for you? Thanks for sharing
Conophytums are such beautiful and interesting looking plants! I don't have any but keep seeing incredible pictures and would like to get one or two. I love the way the tops look like rounded lobster or crab claws. However, I rarely see them for sale.
You live in the same zone so I'm assuming I should be able to be successful with them, given that I can get the watering right. Do you basically grow them like lithops, with watering them at the right times of year and not to much being the key to keeping them alive? Guess it's time for some research.
Hi Annie, just the opposite of Lithops, but they are easier, they tell you, so by early summer you stop and put them in a shady place, some can go without, others (smaller species) do need a little misting, I mist them in summer (all of them), by late summer, they start to break open and many announce it with a bloom.
Annie you can order them fairly cheaply from mesa gardens and they have an unbelievable assortment. I am trying them indoors and its not working out at all. I can't tell when they are starting to go dormant. Its late spring here but being indoors I wonder if they know that?
LT - You really ARE busy "spreading the message"! I don't spend as much time on DG as I should -- except for C & S data. And unfortunately, on-line-wise, I'll be returning to racetrack work in 2 wks with 14 hr days, & 2 off to take care of yard mowing, & endless cactus work repotting, new cold-hardy bed, etc. Ends 1st wk of Dec. So you might see a little Flickr work & limited CactiForum presence. But I'll be "lurking", rest assured! Otherwise, weather still cold/chilly! Had 4 days of 15 - 16C a week ago, then back down to 6 - 8C! 10 today, 21C Tues! Lots of gray & precip now. Welcome to Spring in upstate NY! Fills the (H20) well & hopefully doesn kill CH cacti.
Hi Peter, good luck and yeah like coolish spring! LOL! I will always keep an eye on the going's on everywhere!
When doe fall officially start for you? It's been a cold and damper spring here too.
We are in Autumn now, from March, but it started cooling down over the last 2 weeks.
I wanted to ask you about Agryoderma. Mine are shriveled but I had given them a little water. Do they sheath over for the summer like conos?
Ok, are they winter growers? Should they be absorbing their old leaves in spring? Or, do I just need to water them more?
I put mine in shady position through summer and a little sprinkle every now and then (but they should basically be left alone), they flower in Autumn/E. winter and by mid spring water should be minimized. If you water and see the skin firming up they are still active. I never water them deeply. Argies is a specie you need to try and keep an eye on and learn on their reactions to what you do, they do not like transplanting so try and keep to minimum.
I noticed your Tylecodon buchholzianus and wonder how tall your specimen is. I have a small one (2cm) and wonder how big it might get if I can keep it going.
Hi Helen, Mine is between 15-20cm tall.
Well someone is spreading pixie-dust, because I am not always sure I am doing things by the book!
My agryoderma are looking very wrinkled. I give them a little spray every now and then but they are not responding. Is this normal dormancy for them? Those flowers are spectacular!
Summer is dry period...I mist mine at evening but carefully...
Summer is their dry period, this one is flowering now (late autumn and will get new bodies afterwards), argys should never be wet or deep watered. Some people talk about switching the seasons, but if you stick to light watering and misting, you should be ok.
Do you give them more water in the winter and their main growth occurs in summer correct?