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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

March 27, 2013
10:46 PM

Post #9464590

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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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

March 28, 2013
9:35 AM

Post #9464947

Conophytum bilobum ssp bilobum - one of the bigger versions

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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

March 28, 2013
9:36 AM

Post #9464948

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

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ladyj512

ladyj512
Grand Junction, CO
(Zone 6a)

March 28, 2013
3:39 PM

Post #9465248

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
Anniesfollies
Carlsbad, CA
(Zone 10b)

March 28, 2013
8:43 PM

Post #9465470

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.
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

March 28, 2013
10:13 PM

Post #9465530

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.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

March 29, 2013
6:36 AM

Post #9465675

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
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 1, 2013
11:09 AM

Post #9468718

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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newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 1, 2013
11:11 AM

Post #9468722

Lovely! How tall are those aloes?
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 1, 2013
11:59 AM

Post #9468774

About 6.5 ft and taller.
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 1, 2013
12:01 PM

Post #9468779

Conophytum bilobum - a smaller more hairy version

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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 1, 2013
12:02 PM

Post #9468782

Pachypodium bispinosum
Conophytum ectypum ssp ectypum from Knusberg
Adenium obesum

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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 5, 2013
3:44 AM

Post #9472419

Argyroderma subalbum

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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 7, 2013
11:52 AM

Post #9474793

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

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hoteidoc
Penn Yan, NY
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2013
6:03 AM

Post #9482232

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
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 13, 2013
6:39 AM

Post #9482270

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

April 13, 2013
8:39 AM

Post #9482390

When doe fall officially start for you? It's been a cold and damper spring here too.
C
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 13, 2013
12:28 PM

Post #9482612

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

April 13, 2013
12:30 PM

Post #9482616

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
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 13, 2013
9:39 PM

Post #9483174

Not really no, more like lithops.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 13, 2013
10:10 PM

Post #9483184

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

April 13, 2013
10:29 PM

Post #9483191

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

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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2013
8:54 AM

Post #9483475

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.
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2013
11:06 AM

Post #9483588

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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helenchild
Decatur, GA

April 20, 2013
5:53 AM

Post #9490512

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
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 20, 2013
10:00 PM

Post #9491453

Hi Helen, Mine is between 15-20cm tall.
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 21, 2013
9:08 AM

Post #9491847

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

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helenchild
Decatur, GA

April 21, 2013
7:24 PM

Post #9492537

Little_things, you are some kind of plant magician!!
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 21, 2013
8:26 PM

Post #9492605

Well someone is spreading pixie-dust, because I am not always sure I am doing things by the book!
kinym
Carmichael, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 25, 2013
11:05 PM

Post #9497466

Those are amazing!
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 26, 2013
9:39 PM

Post #9498581

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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cactusloverlady
Menasha, WI

April 28, 2013
10:37 PM

Post #9500664

Always love your posts. So many amazing plants! cll
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 29, 2013
9:53 AM

Post #9501204

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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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

April 29, 2013
12:21 PM

Post #9501362

Conophytum longum
Lithops marmorata
Haworthia mutica
Haworthia decipiens var. minor

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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

May 1, 2013
6:48 AM

Post #9503908

Argyroderma pearsonii

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newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 1, 2013
7:18 AM

Post #9503946

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!
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

May 1, 2013
7:37 AM

Post #9503976

Summer is dry period...I mist mine at evening but carefully...
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 1, 2013
8:45 AM

Post #9504064

I read they are summer growers?
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

May 1, 2013
9:03 AM

Post #9504094

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.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 1, 2013
9:19 AM

Post #9504114

Do you give them more water in the winter and their main growth occurs in summer correct?
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

May 1, 2013
10:56 AM

Post #9504218

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.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 1, 2013
1:16 PM

Post #9504362

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.
C

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