Will Bellaketty get a fissure?

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Will Bellaketty get a fissure?

Post by iann » Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:24 pm

These brutes are still babies to judge by their little portholes. Maybe a full fissure this year?
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These 'Green Ivory' seedlings are a year younger and much tinier, probably not going to get a proper fissure for another couple of years.
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Re: Will Bellaketty get a fissure?

Post by Ross M » Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:37 pm

Lovely plants 🙂 You really know how to grow Lithops well Ian 👍
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Re: Will Bellaketty get a fissure?

Post by MatDz » Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:38 pm

On the verge of going off the topic, may I ask what substrate and "post-germination" watering schedule do you use? I believe my first try with Lithops was decimated by Sciarid fly larvae, so I'm planning to add a few mm layer of fine moler clay on top, but the note knowledge I gather, the higher chances they have this year!
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Re: Will Bellaketty get a fissure?

Post by iann » Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:52 pm

I sow in my standard growing mix: about 40% cat litter, 40% JI #2, 20% grit. I use a finer grit for the seeds, when I remember. I don't make any attempt to bury the Lithops seeds. They are kept under plastic until germination is complete enough for me, plus a week or two. Once the plastic comes off, I water whenever the top of the soil dries out for a month or two, then less often. I'm not manic about it, they can go a week or two without water if they need to. At some point they will then get a top dressing of grit, possibly not until they are first potted on.
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Re: Will Bellaketty get a fissure?

Post by MatDz » Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:23 pm

Thank you, matches exactly what I did. I guess I was just unlucky or too slow with the yellow traps and nematodes.
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Re: Will Bellaketty get a fissure?

Post by edds » Sun Apr 11, 2021 12:37 pm

My (or probably my son's now as he wanted them in his room) Bellaketty started 'flipping their lids' yesterday. These are only a year old but with bigger fissures - do different plants develop fissures at different rates intrinsically or has Henry been lucky with his growing?
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Re: Will Bellaketty get a fissure?

Post by iann » Sun Apr 11, 2021 3:11 pm

Mine are three years old unless my database is all up the spout. I'd say that's a long time to wait for this species to get a full fissure. Yours aren't quite there yet, but I'd say they're more normal for L. aucampiae.

Here are some more L. aucampiae the same age. Nothing like as big.
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And some from 2019:
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Re: Will Bellaketty get a fissure?

Post by iann » Mon May 10, 2021 7:33 pm

Made it :)
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Post by FredG » Mon May 10, 2021 8:50 pm

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Re: Will Bellaketty get a fissure?

Post by edds » Mon May 10, 2021 9:22 pm

Nice one Ian. (tu)
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