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perspective – the plant’s point of view

perspective 1: salicola flowering
Lithops salicola.
perspective 2: salicola
More Lithops salicola.
Lithops helmutii point of view 3
Lithops helmutii.

perspective 4: Antimima argentea
Antimima argentea.

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All In A Tumble

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Since a few years, one of our local DIY-superstores has a succulent plant section, with plants provided by a local wholesale grower. There are many good reasons NOT to buy living plants or animals in a hardware store and,  thanks to EU laws,  sad dogs,  cats and parrots and their cages have been banned to the specialized zoo-shops. That helps a bit, but ethics still are inappropriate when the living being we are dealing with are invertebrates, fish or plants, grown industrially by the millions for season window boxes and disposable use like a soft tissue. It’s easy to ignore wilted Geraniums while buying nails; for you can get them nearly the same prize at a florists nearby. Even some of the more attractive offers, like big and wellgrown Anthuriums can be refused even if you know, that you’ll have to pay a fiver more in the nursery.

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It makes a difference when plants are looked after at the place where they are sold. With a minimum of daylight, water, space and ventilation. And, supposedly, knowledge. But what do you do when you see Anacampseros, Dorstenia, truncate Haworthia, and the rest of the succulent family displayed in alveolar trays – one euro each! – ready to die on the bottom shelf?

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Obviously I did wrong. These plants I’d hardly ever seen at one of our five big nurseries, nor at the florists.  One employee of the wholesale grower,  who happened to be right there refilling the shelves just when I was still fighting against my better judgement,  confirmed they didn’t sell at retail. I made a compromise, left those I didn’t know how to care for and took only a few.

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Now, the only sensitive thing I can do is getting these plants to survive, to grow and to flower.

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And eventually,  get seeds, sow a few and give away the excess.

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First Year

salicola II 1
Lithops salicola
.   August,  2014.  The big one  is 23 x 17 mm.  Just got their first watering.
Salicola 2
The same plants one month later. The big one is 25 x 18 mm.
first year salicola 3
After Three months, in november, after heavy rainfalls and the first colder nights. Still no buds to see, so I think this year there won’t be any flowers. The tiny seedlings are runaways from a nearby Anacampseros namaquensis.
first year 4 salicola
Colder nights and rain has done it, the first flower opened in mid december. That is late, but due to the unusual high night temperatures we had this autumn. The flower is quite big, so I’m expecting a wonderful blooming next year.