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This display of Lithops at the CACSS show just popped out! Such an interesting and eye catching display. Although I generally prefer plants potted in a more natural setting, I couldn't help but love this!
I've been to the home of the person that made that lithops box (and he literally made the box for the display). He grows absolutely the most wonderful plants especially mesembs like lithops. Here's a few photos of some of his plants in the spring.
OK thats it! If he can grow such beautiful litops and conos in Phoenix, surely I should be able to grow some here. Trying to grow them as indoor plants has been mostly a failure for those two genera, even with intense T5 HO lights. I wonder, does he need to bring them in for the winter as I would here? I also noticed the lithops were in clay pots, how would one keep them from turning to dust when its 106 degrees?
I don't think he is on Dave's Garden. I will ask when I see him. It may be awhile because we just had our monthly meeting yesterday and he does not always come. He definitely leaves them outside all year but protects them very well in winter and, in summer, he has a shade cloth structure covering them. He has explained how he grows them to me, but it doesn't sound any different than I do and mine die all the time! I know he does not water them very much and, if we get a lot of rain in the winter he protects them from that too. One hard rain is okay, but 2 days in a row is too much. I just think he really has discovered their needs and especially timing and provides it for them perfectly.
Allgr8dogs...yes, that is black sand. Makes those colors "pop", don't you think?
Nancy, thanks for the information on the grower of the lovely Lithops and other mesembs he grows in AZ. Wow, I might give those a try. Never would have guessed they would survive such high temps. I still struggle with Lithops, (here in So. Cal), although I have had more success in recent years. It would be great if you could talk your friend into chiming in here on DG once in a while. Seems he already has a fan club!
I grew Lithops during the 80's when I had greenhouse with plenty of sun. The secret to growing them is very little moisture and times. I had a book on how to grow them (which I sold) but now can't remember the timing now. I think I remember that their growing season is reversed from ours. They also have a dormant season. If I remember correctly that is during our summer.
Pleiospilos bolusii blooming
zone10 wrote:This display of Lithops at the CACSS show just popped out! Such an interesting and eye catching display. Although I generally prefer plants potted in a more natural setting, I couldn't help but love this!
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Sorry I'm late for my two cents but looks like their sitting in Caviar to me!
I just wanted to show off my few Lithops too. I got them at a C&S show last summer, and they are shedding their old leaves for new ones. I couldn't be happier. Some are even doubling themselves. In the 3rd picture, the brownish one has already lost the old leaves, and 1 became 2. When I bought them, the grower told me to NOT water them from Halloween until Easter, which is exactly what I did. Now that Easter has passed, I water them once every 3 weeks or so. They sit in my southern facing window sill. I love them!!
The only trouble with buying them at Lowe's and HD is that they do not know (or care?) how to water them correctly. Sometimes they will rot after you get them home because they have been already overwatered at the store. I like buying them from people who know like your first group!
True, Nancy. I'm a little worried about the purple split rock (sorry for my ignorance of official names, lol). It was actually kind of soft when I got it, like it maybe had gotten too dry. ?? It has plumped up since I repotted and watered it, so hopefully it will make it!
My mom and I have plans to go to the C&S show again next month. I can't wait to take her, I think she is going to love it. I'm sure I'll have more pics to post of new babies once we go. :)
The red one (I think it is Pleiospilos nelii 'Royal Flush') would probably have gotten too wet. I thought it looked so from the picture. Hopefully you have rescued it! Time will tell. Let us know about it please.
Can't wait to see what you post from the C&S show.
Here are some pictures that I took last year at the MO. Botanical Gardens last year during the C&S show. I won't be able to make it this year (SOB!!). I have had two of the P. 'Royal Flush' and both have rotted. They take less water than the regular P. nelii .
OH NO on both accounts: the rot, and Smashed not making it to the show this year! :(
At least I know that if it croaks, it had a head start before I got it, and the best of the best have trouble too. Just curious, is it those light spots on the inside that show rot? I have no idea what I'm looking at, I don't even know their correct names. lol
Thanks for the support, guys!! I'll try to keep you updated and will definitely post pics after the show.
Yes, the translucent areas usually are rot. Also the way the outer pair of leaves are leaning. They should be drying or dried by now and not fleshy. I know this because I have seen this plant rot multiple times. Next time mail order one from a good co. or look for one that is tight with one pair of main leaves.
On a good note, the all green one looks good.
Pleio's need VERY little water! Water very sparingly in winter, maybe once a month, and avoid watering during the hottest days of Summer. Also, keep dry from the time new leaves begin to emerge, until the old leaves are completely dried. OK to water in spring after old leaves have completely shriveled, and again in late Autumn, before temps begin to fall. Even then, allow to completely dry out between watering. Of course, well draining soil is a must!! Although Pleio's will do well without any winter water, they may not bloom. I've definitely learned the hard way. Hope that helps!