Lithops optica ‘Rubra’ C81 A, January 2014
Lithops optica ‘Rubra’ C81 A, February 2014
Lithops optica ‘Rubra’ C81 A, March 2014
Lithops optica ‘Rubra’ C81 A, April 2014
Lithops optica ‘Rubra’ C81A, May 2014
Lithops optica ‘Rubra’ C81A, June 2014
Lithops optica ‘Rubra’ C81A, August 2014
And the year ended in August 2014 for all Lithops optica ‘Rubra’.
Though in shadow, the heat from above and the isopods from
beneath did their work. The gardener helped, too, with a drink or two. It was quick, four days, and all that was left was dry and empty.
Little tiny weeds they are! Sown last day of december 2013, the first Lithops dorotheae C300 germinated two weeks later finding their way between big boulders of volcanic gravel. Still so green and delicate.
One month old, there is some colour now.
Three month old, barrel shaped, purple-grey cotyledons.
Nearly four months, the first hatchling has appeared. Nice markings.
Six months now, most hatchlings still keep their sun protection. Many have succumbed to summer dryness, from some twentyandsomething there still are living fourteen. At this stage they look very alike to seedlings of L. dinteri, so it is a good advice to keep them apart when sowing.