Mesembs doin' their thing

Ohio_Green_Thumb(Zone 5b NW Ohio)December 31, 2005

This little Gibbaeum dispar is busy making a new pair of leaves per head, and flower buds all at the same time. This poor plant hasn't seen the sun in weeks, yet it is still doing its thing!

This is Lithops uricosensis Nutwerk C75 taken on Nov. 18...

...and again, today.

The new leaves are a rich, reddish brown color.

Amy

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Joelfriday(9)

Nice!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2005 at 4:59PM
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ariole(z7DE)

Great macro shots. Almost better than being right there. I love them.

Al

    Bookmark   December 31, 2005 at 5:59PM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

G. dispar is one of my favourites. I love those velvety little Gibbaeums.

Nutwerk on the other hand, doesn't do a lot for me aesthetically This is bred from selected forms of Lithops schwantesii var. urikoensis, a form that is sometimes called Nutupsdriftensis. Now you see why I like the old leaves nice and wrinkly before the new leaves come through :)

Here's this year's brood of G. petrense steadily getting on with it in the weak winter sun:

    Bookmark   January 1, 2006 at 6:45AM
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Ohio_Green_Thumb(Zone 5b NW Ohio)

Has your G. petrense already flowered?

As soon as it warms up enough for shipped plants to sit out on the front porch, I plan to order as many Gibbaeums as I can find. Ditto with Lithops. I like them both very much and drool over their photos online as I plan my spring shopping spree.

Amy

    Bookmark   January 1, 2006 at 9:36AM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

These haven't flowered. They aren't even a year old yet. Gibbaeums are a little tricky to flower here because it is so dark in winter. Plus they like to grow through the summer and I think it might throw off their clocks a bit :)

    Bookmark   January 1, 2006 at 9:59AM
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Ohio_Green_Thumb(Zone 5b NW Ohio)

Is this what you mean by wrinkly? I don't know what this one is doing, but it seems to me it's drying up. I can see a slight bulge in the stems. Might they be the new leaves?

Amy

Lithops bromfieldii v insularis

    Bookmark   January 1, 2006 at 12:31PM
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Ohio_Green_Thumb(Zone 5b NW Ohio)

I wish all Mesembs were blatantly obvious about their intentions like the Pleios are! They are so easy to understand. Steven Hammer says observation is the key to understanding what your plants need. I'm beginning to see what they need by looking each day. They seem to tell you what they want if you pay attention. I'm so cautious with Lithops though. I'm afraid I'll kill them but I don't like the horrid shriveling they seem to be experiencing right now. I'm just trying to trust my instincts.
Amy

Pleiospilos bolusii

    Bookmark   January 1, 2006 at 12:37PM
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