Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Conophytum & Lithops Update IV (23 Days)

What's up with Larry?  For anyone that doesn't know, Larry is the largest and self-proclaimed king of the Lithops.  You can see him clearly in the upper-centre portion of the picture.  He actually looks smaller in the picture because I took it from an angle.  For some reason he is about 5 times the size of the next largest Lithops.  I also noticed that there may be a new set of leaves coming.  That or he's sticking his tongue out and taunting me because he's not actually a Lithops but some strange imposter!  I was thinking it was just a seed from a large variety but it seems really different and now I'm not sure what's going on.



Now for the awe inspiring Conophytum.  Oh wait, there are only about eight of them and they seem to grow slower than the Lithops.  I'm not sure what went wrong, but this is what I've ended up with and hopefully they stay alive.  At least one of them has damped off but few sprouted to begin with.  The Conophytum are a democratic race.  They understand sustainability and have chosen to sprout only the number of plants that can grow comfortably in the given area (so basically it's not my fault).

10 comments:

  1. Larry kind of reminds me of a tiny version of my Cheiridopsis peculiaris.

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  2. Thanks for the suggestion Kaveh. I googled it an it does seem very similar. I found this site:

    http://www3.sympatico.ca/lycacti/mesembs.html

    but I can't identify Larry at this point. I'm pretty sure it's not a Lithops and Cheiridopsis seems the most likely at this point.

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  3. Larry is living large, whoever he is!!!

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  4. That's very true. At least he's healthy!

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  5. I've never seen anything quite like this. It's not often you see succulents started this way. I've only seen them started from cuttings. It will be interesting to see what the end result will be. If only other plants were as democratic.

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  6. Larry is a selfish bastard, and is hogging all the nutrients. Share, Larry, share!!
    ~Randy

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  7. Thomas, it's very true. Then it wouldn't be left to us to cull some. That's a horrible task to give to someone else.

    Chicken Boys, I agree. I might have to rename him Larry the *cough* until I know what's going on.

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  8. haha, I have my doubts about Larry as well XD
    the most important thing is he seems to be doing quite well there~ it'll be interesting to see him grow
    but look at the lithops - they've grown and don't look fragile anymore - tough little guys!

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  9. They do look really good. I'm excited to see them progress. I just posted again with some updated pictures.

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