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by Astro
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: guess who
Replies: 12
Views: 715

Re: guess who

I've found that Lithops seed generally germinates slowly and erratically until around January or February after the capsules are ripe. After that, they germinate quickly and fairly completely within about 2 weeks, provided the temperatures are sensible. Before that, some expert growers have describ...
by Astro
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: guess who
Replies: 12
Views: 715

Re: guess who

Lithops I sow in baggies in late Fall in a light box. Night time temperatures around 5-10C and day time around 20C. I take them out of the baggies a week or two after germination peters out and leave them in the box for the rest of Winter. In my experience Dinteranthus like it a bit warmer for germi...
by Astro
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: guess who
Replies: 12
Views: 715

Re: guess who

#1 L. localis 'Green Sandpoort' #2 'Hammeruby' #3 Diplosoma luckhoffii #4 Vanheerdea primosii #5 Lapidaria margaretae #6 Aloinopsis rubrolineata #7 L. viridis #8 Dinteranthus vanzylii #9 L. dorotheae #10 L. aucampiae I had poor success with an earlier attempt at the Dinteranthus, so I went a bit ove...
by Astro
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: guess who
Replies: 12
Views: 715

Re: guess who

#1 L. dorotheae #2 Hammeruby #7 L. viridis #9 L. localis #10 L. aucampiae Is this like that game where you find out how many you got right, but in the wrong order? Close, just swap dorotheae (#9) and localis (#1). L. viridis (#7) always has a blush on the sides for me and is easy enough to pick out...
by Astro
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: guess who
Replies: 12
Views: 715

guess who

I start my mesemb seeds early (Nov-Dec), so by now they're starting to look a little more distinct. Some are definitely easier to identify than others at this stage. Who is who? In the pictures are 5 lithops (dorotheae, meyeri 'Hammeruby', viridis, aucampiae, localis/terricolor), and 5 non-Lithops :...
by Astro
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Lithops ID please
Replies: 16
Views: 1349

Re: Lithops ID please

I second hookeri v susannae. In my experience bromfieldii v mennellii can be quite grey, but more warm brownish grey rather than slate. Then again, the color really depends on the cultivation details or maybe even age (I have a formerly pale brown mennelli that is now consistently dark brownish grey...
by Astro
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Almost done
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: Almost done

I think the viridis was sown in '13, and the comptonii in '14. My oldest pole-evansii were sown in '13 but the flowering one is a year younger (4 years old now). I water all of them pretty sparingly so they grow very slowly. Historically I've had better results raising pole-evansii from seed than va...
by Astro
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Almost done
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Almost done

The flush of Lithops flowers is dying down. Only L. meyeri and a few karasmontana have unopened buds, most others are on their last legs. I have no optica large enough to expect any flowers. Some firsts for me recently: L. comptonii v weberi, still a pretty small plant. I water it very sparingly bec...
by Astro
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 6
Views: 1130

Re: Who am I?

Thanks for the suggestions.

Yes, I seem to have a very close haircut indeed. No idea if petal length is that variable within a species (or what passes for a species in Conos) or not...

My neighbor is a C. rostratum, and that one has a positively gargantuan flower in comparison.
by Astro
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Transplanting Lithops seedlings
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Re: Transplanting Lithops seedlings

I'm in Northern Cal myself (but no greenhouse). I keep the seedlings going until it starts raining and gets colder, maybe end of the month. I may spray the smallest ones (similar to the smallest in your picture) occasionally over the winter to make sure they don't dry out entirely (i.e. very shrivel...