I don’t know if you’ll recall, but back when I first planted Mixed Lot #2 and there were seedlings popping up all over the place, I identified one that was very very different then all the others. It was a sphere, apple green in colour, with a pink center, and instead of having the typical centre fissure of a Lithops seedling, it had a perfectly round hole similar to a pin prick. I remember commenting that I wasn’t sure it was a Lithops at all and I was very interested to watch it grow with the hopes of one day seeing what it was going to grow into.
Over the months, the little seedling shriveled up and all but disappeared. It looked very very dead for a long time and appeared to be receding into the soil. I was disappointed, but decided to leave it in the pot and let nature take it’s course. Well, it’s back. The shriveled seedling has started to split open and I can see a little plant starting to emerge. It is very similar to a Lithops in behavior but I’m still struck by how different it was as a seedling and how it may be something completely different, perhaps a close cousin.
There isn’t enough of the new plant peeking through to make a definitive decision on what exactly is growing there and it is very very tiny now, so Lithops or not, it still might not “make it”. But I will be watching it closely and am eager for it to finally show itself!
This is a picture of it as a young seedling (yellow arrow). See the difference? Strange, huh?