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.
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.
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.
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.
In South Africa - they are dormant in summer (the dry period) in autumn and E. Spring I will give them light watering (winter depends on how cold). I never water on cloudy days. I water either early morning or late afternoon. In summer they are moved to a more shady position and I mist them sometimes daily depending, and 90% at night. This may be an issue if the night temps remain high, then better to leaves dry. If their roots are still good, they respond even in misting by increasing the surface tension, but not always, and no reaction just means dormant/roots not active, meaning one needs to carefully bring them back in Autumn. They do work much like Lithops in their cycle, but they grow in winter rainfall and Lithops mostly summer rainfall regions. There is potential to switch seasons, but this is a mute point in TX as the summer is too hot anyway.
I will take your advice. My issue is I am getting bad information. Sources describe these as being summer growers and needing more but of course limited water during this time (summer). So much for online advice. I will keep them drier and protect from sun and see what happens.