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by Astro
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Almost done
Replies: 2
Views: 312

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: 312

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: 831

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: 548

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...
by Astro
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Transplanting Lithops seedlings
Replies: 5
Views: 548

Re: Transplanting Lithops seedlings

These seedlings still seem to have some room to grow. I transplant mine when conditions are such that I can water them a few days after potting them up (I've found newly repotted plants more sensitive to overheating if left dry). That means I usually repot a bit before I would have otherwise watered...
by Astro
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Albuca spiralis
Replies: 11
Views: 1914

Re: Albuca spiralis

My bulbs are still hiding under a bench or under shade cloth, even though they only catch the morning sun. Even then the soft-leafed ones can end up looking all wilted and limp before springing back up. Not complaining about the climate, mind you, but the bulbs prefer it a bit cooler. I'm looking fo...
by Astro
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 6
Views: 831

Who am I?

I was a stowaway loose head in a pot of unrelated Conos, and I have been multiplying steadily for the past year or two. Just recently, I decided to dazzle my host with a stupendous bouquet, as shown below (in a 2" pot). Who am I?
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Dusty mystery Cono
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by Astro
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: humble beginnings
Replies: 2
Views: 389

humble beginnings

Flowers start off small on this divergens v amethystina, but a few days later they've grown quite a bit. First photo was taken 9/27, second one 3 days later. The flower is still going and a bit larger still. IMG_1586.JPG IMG_1624.JPG L divergens v divergens is quite a bit smaller than v amethystina,...
by Astro
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Identify these please.
Replies: 8
Views: 702

Re: Identify these please.

Looks less like cylindricus to me. I have a large sprawl of both serpens (got it as 'mandraliscae', I assume that's basically the same?) and cylindricus, and a smaller v talinoides (all growing outside). The difference is clear when viewed side by side (maybe less so in a photo). Serpens (and v tali...
by Astro
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Yet more Lithops
Replies: 7
Views: 484

Re: Yet more Lithops

Hi Astro you grow them outdoor because I see all these pine needles ? Yes, they're outside all year long (no greenhouse), close to a pine tree that sheds an annoying amount of needles. I move them under a shelter once the rain starts (during Winter). I have a number of vallis-mariae, but just one b...