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Green II

Green cultivars among Lithops are not rare. And usually I’m not fond of them. Perceptions change dramatically when one of the green ones appears in one’s own sowing tray. Now that there is what seems to be a first green pseudotruncatella,   I am very proud. pseudotruncatella green 1And obviously, it has been a tough struggle to get rid of it’s first true pair of leaves. The first pair, already greenish, but not very differrent from the rest of pseudotruncatellas, had been swelling for weeks, from a very tiny body to a nearly one cm ‘blob’. No signs whatsoever of a fissure, and the uplifted body still is perfectly turgent. Then, behind a little stone, there it sat – a complete solid green Lithops pseudotruncatella. So, let’s keep fingers crossed, for there is still a long way to adulthood for this little green cultivar. If it really is one, for after the next molt it could turn back to the usual colour.
pseudotruncatella green 2The ‘normal’ coloured pseudotruncatelllas from the same batch are stronger and display the well known patterns of this species.

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No trace of reds or browns – solid green as far as I can tell. But before naming it, I’ll wait what happens after the next two molts. Photographed with 1/64 of additional flash to tease out any possible colour.
green pseudo 4Three days later there is still no red pigmentation. I added some black sand, for the exposed neck didn’t look right.

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No trace of green Lithops left after changing leaves. Still one of the tiny pseudotruncatellas, but one of the most beautifully coloured.

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Distinctive faces

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Only four Lithops otzeniana have sprouted so far. After changing from cotyledon to the first true pair of leaves, which they did like most other Lithops in their third and fourth month of living, they look like otzeniana does, greenish, with a dark glassy window and very clearly marked islands and peninsulas. You can easily tell them apart, for each one has quite different markings.
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Three of them kept their cotyledons turgent and active even after the hatch. This one still has it – for nearly nine weeks now.
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Keeping company with L. hookeri. They are clearly distinctive in colour and patterns. This mask is near to perfection:
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Three weeks later, I’m sure they’ve grown. Obviously I’m biased.
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Among their fellows, Lithops hookeri brunneoviolacea. This photograph was taken mid september; Lithops otzeniana doesn’t look green any more.
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One year old now, their first birthday shows already wrinkles and aging – time for lessening water and preparing the next pair of leaves.

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Lithops helmutii, the last adition to my slow growing collection of stones has been watered for the first time. Whatchful during the next week – as plants without stalks and leaf lamina  don’t show signs of feeling unhappy so easily. And Lithops are prone to rot in the first weeks, first watering, first summer …

Lithops helmutii 2Fingers crossed – but: they enjoyed the water. All are visibly growing,  stretching up to more light, for they were buried with their faces in line with the soil top.  I still don’t dare to give them full sun, for the little bodies move when touched with a paintbrush. That means they  don’t have much new roots and are still not settled in, their new surrounding is not theirs up to now.

Lithops helmutii 3Lithops helmutii 4Nice to see how they change colours. More shadow and humidity make them grow green – more sun and dry conditions make them change into a yellowish tawny display. And one of the sixpack has a rosy hue …

helmutii green 5At a first glimpse you can tell they have grown – not only by the height they all have gained, but by how strong they stick in the substrate. One of my main tools is a brush. I’ve found it makes a very useful tool for many things, and one of them is to tell me if a newly planted Lithops has already rooted or not. This crowd  has, they don’t wiggle the slightest.

helmutiiNow in august and september it’s getting really hot. The pots sit in some more shade, but the first morning hours still come with plenty of sunlight so I chose to sieve some substrate-rests on top of many of my Lithops-pots. With wind that mostly light organic dirt will blow away, but until then the bodies are bit more buried. Well, with helmutii this doesn’t work as well as with salicola, but at least they get a bit protection at the neck.
helmutii green 7The tawny colour they had inbetween has completely disappeared. The predominant colour is green now, marbled green.  Helmutii shows to be a fairly strong grower. The biggest is now 2,8cm high, and 2,3 x 1,2 cm wide.helmutii green 8
Lithops helmutii 9: moulting
January 2015; slowly the leaves of L. helmutii shrivel, they look awfully now. The temptation to water now is big, as they look so in need of care. In the gap there is already a little phoenix arising: two new, shiny, turgent and green leaves.

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The new body at soil level.

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