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Sowing Lithops in Summer

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Lithops karasmontana bella, C295. The first six seeds germinated already three days after sowing. Two weeks days later 14 seedlings have survived from 17 hatched.

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Lithops karasmontana, Signalberg form, LC65A. Also a quickly germinating species. Two hatchlings at the third day. A fortnight later from 15 hatchlings  thirteen havesurvived.

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Lithops bromfieldii mennellii, C283. At day three, two bromfieldii had hatched; two weeks later, without any loss, there are eleven hatchlings.

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Lithops dorotheae, C300. The first solitary seedling appeared the 5th day after sowing. Now, at day 17, there are six hatchlings.

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Lithops dorotheae, C124. Like his brother, first seedling at fifth day and seven up to now.

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Lithops villetii ssp. deboeri, C231. Tiny and elongated, though growing with the same strong light as all other seedlings. The first five deboeri appeared at the fifth day and on day 19 there are ten seedlings.

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Lithops aucampiae koelemanii, C256. Fat, mushroom-like from a beginning, the first two germinated the forth day and the little, clear one, was one of them. There were twelve seedlings, remaining only five becuase of – presumably – fungus gnats.

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Lithops lesliei rubrobrunnea, C204. Big seeds that did not germinate in the first two weeks. The first one ap300peared at day seventeen, and two days later there are three cotyledons, flat with a distinct rim.

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An other slow and erratic breeder, C350, Lithops otzeniana. The first seedlings appeared the sixth day and now there are four, two have succumbed. A pity, for L. otzeniana  is one of my green favourites.

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Frithia pulchra seedlings

The first glimpse of a new seedling, Frithia pulchra, tiny and green.

Frithia pulchra 1 day

This one has been three days exposed to light and sun:

Frithia seedling

And this one is  about six  weeks old now: the first leaf – a single leaf – growing.

Frithia pulchra seedling 4

Growing under the shadow of  Cymbalaria muralis.

Frithia a la sombraWith the right light, you can even make out the window on top of the fairy elephants toe.

Frithia seedling windowAnd quite hapily they keep on growing – and they obviously prefer shade.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrithia seedlingsFrithia growing happily amoung smiling Lithops lesliei and L. bromfieldii.
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Orange

One never knows how a little Lithops may look after hatching.  For it is a hatch when the cotyledon slowly dries up and just a papery shell reminds you of the first stage of the little Lithops‘ life. While the window in the cotyledon opens, you get a first idea of the colour the primary pair of true leaves will show. And if you are lucky, there will be a little jewel growing.

While most of the adult Lithops have a distinct pattern, the youngsters may play on the gay side. This one seems to mimick with a little peace of seramis!

Lithops bromfieldii and friendsHere you see three 85 day old Lithops seedlings, L. bromfieldii and L. lesliei.

Lithops bromfieldii

The same little L. bromfieldii a fortnight later. The empty seed still strongly attached to the completely dry cotyledon.

see the colour?

You see the colour? This makes a lithops-grower feel happy!

orange it is!

This is my awesome little orange Lithops bromfieldii – 122 days old and 0,8cm ‘big’. –  Lets see how the colour changes with time and with the next pair of leaves.