LT's plants & flowers

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

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

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Conophytum bilobum ssp bilobum - one of the bigger versions

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Pleiospilos bolusii one of my older plants, about 7-8 years (first size)

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Grand Junction, CO(Zone 6a)

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

Carlsbad, CA(Zone 10b)

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.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

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.

Arlington, TX

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?
Cheryl

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Aloe africana pictures in nature. There is also a Sarcostemma vinimale growing all over the one plant (second pic - looks like rope)

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Arlington, TX

Lovely! How tall are those aloes?

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

About 6.5 ft and taller.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Conophytum bilobum - a smaller more hairy version

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Pachypodium bispinosum
Conophytum ectypum ssp ectypum from Knusberg
Adenium obesum

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Argyroderma subalbum

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Pleiospilos compactus ssp. sororius
Cono marginatum ssp marginatum
Tylecodon buchholzianus
T. reticulatus

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Hammondsport, NY(Zone 6b)

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.
Peter

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Hi Peter, good luck and yeah like coolish spring! LOL! I will always keep an eye on the going's on everywhere!

Arlington, TX

When doe fall officially start for you? It's been a cold and damper spring here too.
C

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

We are in Autumn now, from March, but it started cooling down over the last 2 weeks.

Arlington, TX

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?
C

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Not really no, more like lithops.

Arlington, TX

Ok, are they winter growers? Should they be absorbing their old leaves in spring? Or, do I just need to water them more?
C

Arlington, TX

No sign of splitting open yet, it just gets more and more wrinkled.
C

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

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.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

P. bolusii has set another flower
Conophytum lydiae no flowering, they do not sheath over like others, which is another reason why it is important to always try and understand your plants better - even if you lose them, learn.

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Decatur, GA

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.
Thanks.
Helen

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Hi Helen, Mine is between 15-20cm tall.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Flowering at the moment
Crassula elegans
Crassula mesembryanthemoides
Aloe bellatula
Crassula mesembryanthemoides flower
Lithops aucampiae

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Decatur, GA

Little_things, you are some kind of plant magician!!

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Well someone is spreading pixie-dust, because I am not always sure I am doing things by the book!

Carmichael, CA(Zone 9b)

Those are amazing!

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Thanks kinym

Some more,

Conophytum bilobum - another variant
Lapidaria margarethae
Another clone of Piaranthus punctatus
Sweet smelling Tromotriche revoluta x Orbea variegata


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Menasha, WI

Always love your posts. So many amazing plants! cll

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Thanks, kind of you...so glad you like them...

Here are a few more from today

Orbea variegata & Adenium obesum

Last pic is close-up of O. variegata flower - always fun to take.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Conophytum longum
Lithops marmorata
Haworthia mutica
Haworthia decipiens var. minor

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Argyroderma pearsonii

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Arlington, TX

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!

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

Summer is dry period...I mist mine at evening but carefully...

Arlington, TX

I read they are summer growers?

Port Elizabeth, South Africa(Zone 10a)

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.

Arlington, TX

Do you give them more water in the winter and their main growth occurs in summer correct?

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