Archivo de la categoría: Lithops

one year in the life of a living stone

Lithops optica rubra eneroLithops 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 rubroa mayo 14Lithops optica ‘Rubra’ C81A,  May 2014

L. optica 'Rubra' junioLithops optica ‘Rubra’ C81A, June 2014

optica rubra 8Lithops optica ‘Rubra’  C81A, August 2014

one year optica  8

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.


Lithops dorotheae

Lithops dorotheae C300 17 days oldLittle 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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne month old, there is some colour now.

Lithops dorotheae 91 daysThree month old, barrel shaped, purple-grey cotyledons.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANearly four months, the first hatchling has appeared. Nice markings.

dorotheae 6Six 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.