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one year old lithops

first birthday Lithops bromfieldii 1
Pretty turgent and apparently smirking with satisfaction, Lithops bromfieldii C348 .
first birthday Lithops dinteri 2
With joyful red dots, Lithops dinteri C206.
first birtday Lithops pseudotruncatella 3
Very different size shows Lithops pseudotruncatella (alpina) C068 after one year growing  together.
first bierthday lithops terricolor 4
The last one to germinate, Lithops terricolor ‘peersi’ C131 are now  the biggest of all seedlings.
first birthday Lithops hookeri 5
Lithops hookeri subfenestratabrunneoviolacea‘ C019 has been by far the most prolific and vigorous of all species sown.
first birthday lithops lesliei venteri maraisii 5
First to hatch, these Lithops lesliei venteri ‘maraisii’ C153 are not the biggest after their first year.
first birthday lithops hallii 7
Germinated very plentyfull, most Lithops hallii C119 died during a hot spell in midsummer in an intruiging sudden death episode. Only a few remained.
first birthday Lithops lesliei luteoviridis 8
Lithops lesliei luteoviridis C020, compact and greenish/yellowish over a grey body.
first birthday lithops julii brunnea 9
Lithops julii brunnea C179 has largely grown in the shadow of a tolerated weed, Conyza bonariensis, and does seem to like it.
first birthday lithops verruculosa 10
Also this one suffered much in summer, Lithops verruculosa C129, two of the few remaining seedlings.

Happy birthday to you all!

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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.
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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.

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playing in the sandbox

nine months 1
Lithops terricolor peersii C131
nine months 2
Lithops julii fulleri brunnea C179
nine months 3
Lithops hookeri brunneoviolacea C019, Lithops otzeniana C280, Lithops lesliei C020,
nine months 4
Lithops julii fulleri C162A
sandbox 5
Lithops lesliei venteri maraisii C153 and L. julii fulleri C162A
sandbox 6
Frithia pulchra playing with Lithops bromfieldii C348 and L. lesliei C020; Olifantenzeh und Kussmund.
sandbox 7
Lithops julii fulleri brunnea, C 179.
sandbos 8
Lithops dinteri C206.
sandbox 9
Lithops verruculosa C129 and L. julii fulleri C162A
sandbox 10
Lithops aucampiae C333.

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So small is small!

rodde pimient small 2

There now is some evidence that a pea does not quite serve as a   rule for the size of Lithops seedlings. To big in most cases and far to much volumen in comparison to the body of a junior living stone.

Here comes the common peppercorn. Nearly 5 mm and only a quarter of the volume of a pea. That will make the difference.

so small is 2.1For obvious resaons – visibility and glamour – I cannot refrain from choosing the pink peppercorn as reference.

Lets see if it works:

L. hookeri C019 and a pink peppercornhookeri and pink pepperkornL. dinteri C206 and a pink peppercorndinteri  small 5L. hallii C119 and a pink peppercornhalli and pink 7L. fulviceps C266 and  the pink peppercornfulviceps and pink 8L. karasmontana ‘Top Red’ and a peppercornkaras and pink 9L. pseudotruncatella C068 and a pink peppercornpsuedo and pink 6What do you think? A peppercorn fits better, doesn’t it?

albinica and peppercornAt least for juvenile Lithops. L. lesliei ‘albinica’ and a pink peppercorn.
how small is ... conophytum 10

And it works for Conophytum as well. This C. violaciflorum just hatched in its first winter/rainy season.

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It’s Fiesta time for this one

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis little Lithops dinteri shows its best outfit for the famous Feria de Abril: lunares – the striking  polka dot pattern of the flamenco dresses.

Lithops dinteriAnd six weeks later, still as nice. Slowly growing bigger though.
dinteri dots 3Still growing strong in september 2014.

dinterii 4: moult
Fourteen months old now. Preparing for it’s second moult. Will it keep its vivid colouring?

dinteri 5: new body
Less dots, and a complete fissure. A nearly adult Lithops.

How big is big?

¿Qué tamaño tiene un guisante?

How big is big?

Take your time: How big is a pea? Be honest now, before you count the millimeter  divisions, how big would you guess is a pea? And is a pea bigger or lesser than a one year old Lithops?

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                 Problem solved! The average green garden pea is 9mm.            I’d have given it far less than nearly 1 cm!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis little fellow – Lithops karasmontana ‘Top Red’ –  is 18 month old.

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And this is Lithops hookeri ssp. subfenestrata ‘brunneoviolacea’. Five month old.

pseudotruncatella groendrayensis

Two and a half years old: Lithops pseudotruncatella ssp. groendrayensis

lesliei venteri maraisi

 Both Lithops lesliei ssp. venteri ‘Maraisi’ , sown November 2013, are now  five months old.

verruculosae inae

And the jewel loaded Lithops verruculosa var. verruculosae ‘Inae’  is a year and a half.

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I ignore how old these four may  be, as they flowered last autumn,    they are adults altogether :  Lithops lesliei ‘Albinica’.

pseudotruncatella aplina

These three – you spot them? – are 5 month old.  Lithops pseudotruncatella ‘alpina’.

Well then. Let’s see if a pea is a good criterion for the size of Lithops. Here we go:

karamontana and peahookeri and peagroendray and peamaraisii and peainae and peaYou  already imagine how  it  will look like for the tiny pseudotruncatella, don’t you?albinica and peapseudotruncatella and peaFive 6 months old Lithops pseudotruncatella ‘alpina’ C068 together are smaller than a 0,9cm pea.

These plants have germinated in full sun at 28º N latitude (which is pretty near to their S latitude procedence btw) and they have all the pigments they need for protection. What they (still) don’t have is a volumen that helps them to survive in dry and hot atmospheric conditions. Make the experiment: place a pea in the sun and watch.

You won’t have to wait long!

So, please, in summer and whenever it is hot and dry – bury your little treasures or give them shade.

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