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Author Topic: "Fat Plants" : cacti,succulents, caudiciforms, whatever..2012  (Read 1369 times)

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Almost in flower .........Lithops optica 'Rubra'
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Re: "Fat Plants" : cacti,succulents, caudiciforms, whatever..2012
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012, 08:35:54 PM »
I'm glad it is meant to be a 'Rubra' Kris.... I thought the poor thing might be pink with cold!!
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Re: "Fat Plants" : cacti,succulents, caudiciforms, whatever..2012
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2012, 08:43:50 PM »
I'm glad it is meant to be a 'Rubra' Kris.... I thought the poor thing might be pink with cold!!

Oh no Maggi , in that case I go for "burned by the sun " ;D
It  is the only Lithops with such a nice colour , looks really different then al the other ones ...
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Re: "Fat Plants" : cacti,succulents, caudiciforms, whatever..2012
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012, 07:09:25 AM »
Another perfectly grown plant Kris, the master grower!  8)

I grow many other Lithops in my collection but can't grow this one - our vervet monkey population are drawn to it because of its colour (resembling ripe fruit) and will do nearly anything to get at it. Of course they just chew the top off and discard the rest of the plant on discovering that it doesn't taste anything like ripe fruit!  >:(
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Re: "Fat Plants" : cacti,succulents, caudiciforms, whatever..2012
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012, 06:53:09 PM »
Another perfectly grown plant Kris, the master grower!  8)
I grow many other Lithops in my collection but can't grow this one - our vervet monkey population are drawn to it because of its colour (resembling ripe fruit) and will do nearly anything to get at it. Of course they just chew the top off and discard the rest of the plant on discovering that it doesn't taste anything like ripe fruit!  >:(

Thank you Rogan , to much honor for me ....
But I like "Mesems" and especially Lithops. I cultivate them quit harsh ....Very little water (that  means when I water I give them plenty but this happens few times in one year) , no feeding , cold in winter (sometimes light frost), as much sun as possible , never shading, a poor and very wel drained compost  ....And I suppose this is the key to a natural looking plant ....
Most of my Lithops I grew from seed collected by Professor Cole from South Africa  some years ago... I find it such a rewarding and exciting gem.

Never tought about monkeys as a threatening for Lithops ....We have insects and things .....but monkeys ...
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Re: "Fat Plants" : cacti,succulents, caudiciforms, whatever..2012
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2012, 04:34:24 AM »
First plant to bloom in my garden this year: January 4: still blooming today and likely to do so whenever the temperature exceeds 15C for the next frew months. Foliage is supposed to mimic limestone and it was first discovered when a botanist sat on a rock and he felt it sink a bit...proving the posterior can be an effective extremity for botanical discovery!


      Titanopsis calcarea


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Re: "Fat Plants" : cacti,succulents, caudiciforms, whatever..2012
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2012, 11:48:11 AM »
Ah, there you are, PK... we've been trying to contact you.... see this thread, please... 
http://www.srgc.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=8297.0
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Re: "Fat Plants" : cacti,succulents, caudiciforms, whatever..2012
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2012, 05:55:52 PM »
First plant to bloom in my garden this year: January 4: still blooming today and likely to do so whenever the temperature exceeds 15C for the next frew months. Foliage is supposed to mimic limestone and it was first discovered when a botanist sat on a rock and he felt it sink a bit...proving the posterior can be an effective extremity for botanical discovery!

Titanopsis calcarea

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Great plant Kelaidis ! Main flowering time here is also winter . I grew them outside once with a winterprotection against winterwet but they did'nt survive ....Altough they get low temperatures in the wild it seems they could not have the combination of high humidity and frost ?
In the glashouse they doing very wel here , min. temperature kept from 0 - 2degrees .
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Re: "Fat Plants" : cacti,succulents, caudiciforms, whatever..2012
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2012, 11:18:29 PM »
Love the Lithops, Kris, and Titanopsis too, Panayoti.. I've heard of them being hardy to -20C or so...
Mesa lists various leaf colours for Titanopsis, some sound and look amazing-orangey shades etc- anyone growing those? Do they need extreme sun for those colours or just always have them?

 


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