Archivo de la etiqueta: argentea

Billbergia & Tillandsia V

Tillandsia distichaTillandsia disticha, con dos brotes basales, después de la floración

Tillandsia argentea, dos brotesTillandsia argentea, con dos brotes cerca de la base de la inflorescencia, después de la floración
Tillandsia lorentzianaTillandsia lorentziana, con dos de cuatro brotes en la base de la
inflorescencia, después de la floración.
Tillandsia streptocarpaTillandsia streptocarpa, dos brotes en la base de la inflorescencia
antes de florecer
Tillandsia tricolorTillandsia tricolor, un brote basal mucho después de la floraciónTillandsia aeranthosTillandsia aeranthos, un brote a media altura del tallo, independiente de alguna floración
Tillandsia caulescensTillandsia caulescens, dos brotes cerca de la inflorescencia, después de las floración
Tillandsia heteromorphaTillandsia heteromorpha, dos de varios brotes en la zona basal del tallo, sin floración previa
Tillandsia cacticolaTillandsia cacticola, tres brotes en la base de la inflorescencia después de florecer
Tillandsia hondurensisTillandsia hondurensis, tres brotes en la parte superior del tallo, después de la floración.






Growing Friendship

three months later 1:Antimima argentea
Antimima argentea (Rooivlei) has already left the common playground, 106 days. Argyroderma congregatum
Argyroderma congregatum, Vredendal, preparing for the second pair of true leaves. 106 days old.three month later 3: oophytum
Oophytum nanum and Gibbaeum velutinum, both 102 days old.

three months later 4:Lithops coleorum
Lithops coleorum C396, Ellisras, near to their first moult. 109 days.

Fenestraria rhopalophylla ss. aurantiaca ‘Fireworth’; 104 days old.

three months later 6: Oophytum nanum
Oophytum nanum, Quaggaskop. The perfect egg-shape. 102 days.

three months later 7: Schwantesia
Schwantesia marlothii X ruedebuschii , 110 days old.

three months later 8:Aloinopsis malherbei
Aloinopsis malherbei, Calvinia. 110 days.

Three months later 9: Dicrocaulon
Dicrocaulon ramulosum, Riethuis. 104 days. And a little Schwantesia, just struggling to free the first pair of leaves.
three months later 10: Gibbaeum heathii
Gibbaeum heathii, 104 days old. Little fuzzy cuties.


Fast Growing Antimima

Growing a plant for the first time, and growing it from seed,  is always a kind of challenge. A quick look at the photographs you may find in the web leaves you with a first impression of what to expect. And it leaves you with the doubt how to verify the downright conflicting images. Photographs of plants growing in situ naturally show weathered plants. Growing plants under protection, different lighting and  watering  regimes, does change the appearance drastically. This is specially true for plants that go through some kind of winter or summer dormancy.
Antimima argentea 1
I sowed the winter-growing Antimima argentea end of october.  After four weeks the first pair of true leaves showed their tips, and now, fifty days later, the second pair of leaves can already be seen. Also, a red-dyed stalk raises the first pair of leaves, while from the cotyledons a first sidebranch makes its way. Compared to many other Aizoaceae, this is a rather quick growth.
Amtimima argentea 2
My seedlings are all growing in full winter sun, being protected only from strong dissecating winds and heavy rainfalls.
Fast growing Antimima argentea 3
At this stage I decided to give them a pot for themselves. Not for space but to allow the watering and feeding they will enjoy from now on.
fast growing 4: Antimima argentea
In mid February the plants look like this: still seedlings, but in all parts very green, lush and fragile. Not at all like the plants I expected.
Antimima argentea 5
Five months old, and already forming little mats.
Antimima argentea: 6 first buds
Not an April’s fool joke over here – the first buds are forming now – the plants are merely half a year old.
Antimima argentea 7: buds

Antimima argentea 8
The flowers a showy, but not big. 8th of may and the first two buds open – and lots more to come. It seems like Antimima argentea is a quick spreading little plant, easy to flower. At least under my conditions.
Antimima argentea: 9 seed pod
The seed pod looks like most of the family look, easily to identify as Mesembryanthemaceae, as it was formerly known.
fast growing Antimima argentea 10


Lithops’ companions

playmates: Antimima argentea
Antimima argentea (Rooivlei), first true leaves, 30 days.
playmates 2: Argyroderma congregatum
Argyroderma congregatum, Vredendal; 30 days.
companions oophytum 3
Oophytum nanum, Quaggaskop; 30 days.
I’m very happy about Lithops coleorum C396, Ellisras, germinating so eagerly.  Growing  this  plant  is  a  tribute  to  Naureen and Desmond Cole. 37 days old. Seeds from Mesa Garden.
playmates: fenestraria 5
Another one I’m eager to see grown up is Fenestraria rhopalophylla ssp. aurantiaca ‘Fireworth’. 38 days.
playmates: ophthalmophyllum dinteri 6
Ophthalmophyllum dinteri. Green, 43 days old eggs.
playmates 7 schwantesia
Schwantesia ruedebuschii ‘marlothii’, Aggeneys, which is supposed to have ‘stout red teeth’ does already show colour. 38 days.
playmates 8: Aloinopsis malherbei
Aloinopsis malherbei, Calvinia. Big, flat and dark. 56 days.
playmates 9: dicrocaulon
Dicrocaulon ramulosum, Riethuis. Already showing his water cells, growing along with Schwantesia. 46 days.
playmates 10: SPHAEROID
Closing the eleven, the first sphaeroid coming through is this Argyroderma congregatum, Vredendal. Smooth texture, milky sheen, linden coloured and a complete fissure, the first true leaves share one characteristic with the cotyledons: both sides are unequal. 50 days.