Anything but nice

Rarely you will find an entry dealing with our dead ones. The end of our efforts, the loss of a plants life, the sad outcome of a wrong culture. Though every gardener has made the experience, it seldom makes a subject for photographs. The failure in sucess is taboo. You don’t want to show nor share.

Taboo 1 optica rubraAlready bought as a replacement of another Lithops optica ‘Rubra’, this one didn’t survive the first summer. Odd colours bid farewell. And again there is no partner for the eventual flower of the remaining ‘Rubra’.

Taboo 2 verruculosaA young hatchling of Lithops verruculosa had successfully managed to grow it’s first pair of true leaves and then suddenly dies. The brothers of the same batch grow without problems.

Taboo 3 bromf mennelliiThis shrunken head of Lithops bromfieldii mennellii was a fairly recent acquisition. The biggest of three didn’t make it over the first watering. The other two are happy and growing.

Yesterday the day begun cloudy. Unshaded, the planter with Lithops seedlings stood in full sun for some hours as the day got sunnier. Some resented it and did not fully rehidrate during the night. They still are turgent to some extend though, so it  could be that those who went whitish are those preparing a new pair of leaves. There is always a bit of wishful thinking when it comes to taboos!

halliiLithops hallii, C 119

verruculosa taboo 5Lithops verruculosa , C 129

taboo fulviceps 6Lithops fulviceps , C266

taboo frithia 7Only severely shrunken: Frithia pulchra seedling with two leaves.

tabooDeath is spreading. Not only this four pretty verruculosa, but the  Frithia seedling, three more L. hallii, one L. dinteri, three L. fulviceps, … are collapsing. What begun as sun-stress has turned out being some much more virulent rot.

This is sad. No wonder I’d prefer not to write about it.

taboo 8 o 9
Did I mention? Water quality is paramount when watering the first time after summer – in fact, not only the first time, but every watering. Never use ‘old’, ‘rest’-water. The bacteria and other microorganism will feed on the Lithops. Even more if the weather is still warm. I know that. But why do I – mindlessly – just pour some old cup with water in it over my Lithops? Didn’t need to verify an old  theory ,,, This is part of what is left of Lithops lesliei albinica.

taboo 10
Still hope for this one, Lithops salicola, which has severe damage on one leaf. The rest is still turgid and looking right, so hopefully this one may survive.

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