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zone10

zone10
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 18, 2013
1:07 PM

Post #9488743

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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tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

April 18, 2013
3:18 PM

Post #9488847

WOW! They are awesome!
allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 18, 2013
9:24 PM

Post #9489207

What a great way to display them! I love it!
plexippus
Chicago Suburbs, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 19, 2013
6:34 AM

Post #9489410

That is really beautiful! Wish I could keep those buggers alive for more than a year lol
cactusloverlady
Menasha, WI

April 19, 2013
7:38 AM

Post #9489492

Beautiful, the colors are wonderful. cll

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


April 20, 2013
3:05 PM

Post #9491006

looks like a box of chocolates
allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 20, 2013
5:53 PM

Post #9491202

Is that black sand?

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2013
4:50 PM

Post #9492305

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.

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ginger749

April 21, 2013
4:59 PM

Post #9492318

Great job zone10.

newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 21, 2013
5:10 PM

Post #9492343

Wow and he grows them in AZ, I need to learn his tricks. Those are truely amazing.
C

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2013
5:17 PM

Post #9492354

Yes, right here in Phoenix. He really has a talent for growing this kind of plants!
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 21, 2013
7:29 PM

Post #9492541

Is he on here LOL?
allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 22, 2013
4:01 AM

Post #9492755

Wow - I'd love to see his set up.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

April 22, 2013
5:29 AM

Post #9492825

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?
Cheryl
allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 22, 2013
7:29 AM

Post #9492999

106 degrees is not a problem here. I have a couple of lithops that are not bothered by the heat, but I do bring them in if its under 40 degrees.

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palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


April 22, 2013
8:58 AM

Post #9493105

Wow... I can't keep even a few of those plants alive for more than a few weeks... I think I better learn how to do these right

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 22, 2013
9:48 AM

Post #9493145

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.
kinym
Carmichael, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 22, 2013
10:08 PM

Post #9493992

That is so wonderful looking! Love it.

zone10

zone10
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 23, 2013
7:59 AM

Post #9494293

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!
allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 23, 2013
1:22 PM

Post #9494619

I do think the black sand and the containers both make the colors pop and really showcase the plants.

blomma

blomma
Casper, WY
(Zone 4a)

May 4, 2013
11:58 PM

Post #9508585

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.

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Pleiospilos bolusii blooming

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perkoschilefarm
Ben Wheeler, TX

May 16, 2013
6:29 PM

Post #9523249

[quote="zone10"]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!

This message was edited Apr 18, 2013 12:08 PM[/quote]

Sorry I'm late for my two cents but looks like their sitting in Caviar to me!

jaimelemon

jaimelemon
St. Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 21, 2013
6:35 PM

Post #9528996

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!!

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jaimelemon

jaimelemon
St. Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 21, 2013
6:37 PM

Post #9529000

Here are my new guys, split rocks and baby toes. I couldn't resist them on the Lowe's succulent shelf at $3 each.

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newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 21, 2013
7:56 PM

Post #9529121

They are pretty hard to pass up.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2013
8:33 AM

Post #9529668

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!

jaimelemon

jaimelemon
St. Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2013
9:40 AM

Post #9529767

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. :)

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 22, 2013
9:51 AM

Post #9529793

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.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 22, 2013
4:32 PM

Post #9530285

I was thinking the same thing, it looks like rot has already started, perhaps it will perk up in better soil.

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

May 22, 2013
4:45 PM

Post #9530307

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 .

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newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 22, 2013
4:46 PM

Post #9530310

They are tricky for me too. I guess you need the right everything for them to flourish long term.

jaimelemon

jaimelemon
St. Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 22, 2013
7:27 PM

Post #9530503

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.
newtonsthirdlaw
Arlington, TX

May 23, 2013
2:57 AM

Post #9530726

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.
C

zone10

zone10
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 23, 2013
9:47 AM

Post #9531140

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!






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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 25, 2013
10:00 AM

Post #9533502

Thanks z10! That is very good advice. I'm trying to follow it now and so far mine have been alive for a least a year (longest ever!) P. 'Royal Flush' is harder to grow than the green one I have read.

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