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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #465 on: October 14, 2021, 06:27:10 PM »
For most of this year I resisted tipping the pot of Conophyllum obcordellum v. rolfii into the bin. It didn't look too healthy at the start of the year and when it went into dormancy the old dry skin looked totally empty. Then the ugly duckling shed its skin and presented me with a swan. Now it's looking extremely healthy and promising the emergence of a flower. Well ok the plant may be a little on the small size ( app 1cm sq) but many good things come in small packages.



Whilst looking at a Harlequin patrolling the plants MrsG spotted this little red dot scuttling down the stem of a Linaria. We eventually coaxed it off the plant onto my hand to grab a photo or two. Switching to macro and observing the screen I  realised it was a weevil. ( Yes it's that small).



For a size comparison here it is on a finger.



Then all the time I'm looking at the photos on the computer I can't help thinking "Clangers"

Apion frumentarium



Clangers



I can't say I've ever seen one of these before.




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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #466 on: October 14, 2021, 06:35:01 PM »
 :) excellent!

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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #467 on: October 15, 2021, 09:33:08 AM »
Busy, busy



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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #468 on: October 15, 2021, 11:30:27 AM »
Fred, have you any photos of the "stones" before you plant them? I'm wondering how much root system they have at that stage.
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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #469 on: October 15, 2021, 02:42:42 PM »
Unfortunately I don't Maggi. I've finished repotting all the seedlings too.

Most were grown in 6cm pots and the roots reach the bottom. Hope that helps
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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #470 on: October 15, 2021, 06:30:20 PM »
These seem so happy together.





So if you cross that last pair is this the result?



While we're on insects this one just ignored the camera in its face. If you're not into the insect the Delosperma is nice 😇





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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #471 on: October 17, 2021, 02:47:15 PM »
Not every day you see this.
A L. bromfieldii demonstrating how much light is transmitted inside the plant's body for photosynthesis.








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« Reply #472 on: October 17, 2021, 03:23:58 PM »
Busy, busy[img width=750height=443]https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/EQ6nIIKvcHR7AFP2Pyn9dUP4hnTwMc9-X6l_tYYMFrYuak-dVMnsqj7kOAH1dIhGelrskDbYYQFSIN32W4re9sQVDOVYIMbG0Un1X_v-E61lIJq8Cq1BIubND2eBLdOQoMgHlEE4I98=w1920-h1080[/img]


Fred  - What is your soil mix and how deep are the stone chips atop it?  Beautifully grown Mesembs!
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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #473 on: October 17, 2021, 04:24:27 PM »
Soil is JI3 with Tesco cat litter and sieved Horti grit.

The sieved grit on top is just a sprinkling.
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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #474 on: October 19, 2021, 07:29:02 PM »
A couple of trays of Lithops from last year's mixed seed.





Three plants lost since repotting but overall I'm happy with the result.

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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #475 on: October 22, 2021, 11:17:28 AM »
Conophytum ectypum ssp. brownii during a brief sunny spell.



Apparently the yellow flower is rare in these.
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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #476 on: October 27, 2021, 09:24:27 PM »
A few more flowers open but some are struggling to get enough sun.
Lithops karasmontana



Lithops terricolor





Faucaria paucidens



Titanopsis calcarea





Conophytum ectypum ssp. brownii




Conophytum chauviniae
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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #477 on: October 28, 2021, 12:23:05 AM »
Excuse my ignorance but why is the a red coloration to the tops of some of the plants? 

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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #478 on: October 28, 2021, 07:24:32 AM »
If you are referring to the Lithops karasmontana, the ones with red markings are the cultivar Red Top or v. lateritia.

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Re: Fred's Carnivorous Plants and other oddities
« Reply #479 on: April 18, 2022, 09:36:45 AM »
A couple of the mesembs showing flower promise. These plants are much hardier than often given credit for.



Trichodiadema densum - The promise of triplets.

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