Tillandsia disticha, con dos brotes basales, después de la floración
Tillandsia argentea, con dos brotes cerca de la base de la inflorescencia, después de la floración
Tillandsia lorentziana, con dos de cuatro brotes en la base de la
inflorescencia, después de la floración.
Tillandsia streptocarpa, dos brotes en la base de la inflorescencia
antes de florecer
Tillandsia tricolor, un brote basal mucho después de la floraciónTillandsia aeranthos, un brote a media altura del tallo, independiente de alguna floración
Tillandsia caulescens, dos brotes cerca de la inflorescencia, después de las floración
Tillandsia heteromorpha, dos de varios brotes en la zona basal del tallo, sin floración previa
Tillandsia cacticola, tres brotes en la base de la inflorescencia después de florecer
Tillandsia hondurensis, tres brotes en la parte superior del tallo, después de la floración.
Antimima argentea (Rooivlei) has already left the common playground, 106 days.
Argyroderma congregatum, Vredendal, preparing for the second pair of true leaves. 106 days old.
Oophytum nanum and Gibbaeum velutinum, both 102 days old.
Lithops coleorum C396, Ellisras, near to their first moult. 109 days.
Fenestraria rhopalophylla ss. aurantiaca ‘Fireworth’; 104 days old.
Oophytum nanum, Quaggaskop. The perfect egg-shape. 102 days.
Schwantesia marlothii X ruedebuschii , 110 days old.
Aloinopsis malherbei, Calvinia. 110 days.
Dicrocaulon ramulosum, Riethuis. 104 days. And a little Schwantesia, just struggling to free the first pair of leaves.
Gibbaeum heathii, 104 days old. Little fuzzy cuties.
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.
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.
My seedlings are all growing in full winter sun, being protected only from strong dissecating winds and heavy rainfalls.
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.
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.
Five months old, and already forming little mats.
Not an April’s fool joke over here – the first buds are forming now – the plants are merely half a year old.
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.
The seed pod looks like most of the family look, easily to identify as Mesembryanthemaceae, as it was formerly known.
Antimima argentea (Rooivlei), first true leaves, 30 days.
Argyroderma congregatum, Vredendal; 30 days.
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.
Another one I’m eager to see grown up is Fenestraria rhopalophylla ssp. aurantiaca ‘Fireworth’. 38 days.
Ophthalmophyllum dinteri. Green, 43 days old eggs.
Schwantesia ruedebuschii ‘marlothii’, Aggeneys, which is supposed to have ‘stout red teeth’ does already show colour. 38 days.
Aloinopsis malherbei, Calvinia. Big, flat and dark. 56 days.
Dicrocaulon ramulosum, Riethuis. Already showing his water cells, growing along with Schwantesia. 46 days.
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.