15 Sep

Otzeniana is a difficult Lithops to grow.  Maybe difficult isn’t the right word, but it certainly is more sensitive and less forgiving than some of the other species.  Last year, I sowed a pot of 25 or so Otzeniana seeds and only one germinated.  Not a great start, but at least the little seedling was strong.  I misted and misted and misted and misted – for months – and it never shed it’s baby leaves.  It started looking like it was going to renew during the winter, while all the other 2013 cotyledons had long ago shed their baby leaves, but in the end, it was just an empty shell and there was no adult plant growing inside.  Of course, when you grow Lithops from seed, there is always loss and you never end up with as many mature plants as you had seedlings, but when you only had one to start with, the loss is a little bit more difficult to swallow.  I was invested in that little guy and he died  😦

This year, my goal was to succeed at growing Otzeniana. They are so beautiful when mature…I really *need* at least ONE in my windowsill garden.  In the spring, I sowed close to 100 Otzeniana seeds and you guessed it, I got close to 100 Otzeniana seedlings!  I’m having much better luck this year and to my delight, the first Otzeniana cotyledon is starting to renew it’s leaves and I can see the new plant inside!  Yeah!  Perhaps this will be the “One” or perhaps I will end up with many.  Either way, I think I’m set up well to get at least a few and hopefully, a few different colors.  Pictures soon, of course!  🙂


Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Otzeniana, Seedlings


4 responses to “Otzeniana

  1. Bob Stewart

    September 16, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Hello, Always a pleasure to read your blog and follow your lithops adventures. I suspect your problem with the first batch of L. otzeniana seed was the seed itself. Not all the seed you buy is good seed and if the seed is not viable, you can do everything else right and still come up empty. I have read that lithops seed stays viable for many years, but it has been my experience that relatively fresh seed, (< 5 years old) germinates best. Even the one seed that germinated resulted in a weak plant due to the condition of the seed.

    It was great to great close to 100 percent germination rate from the L. otzeniana seed you sowed this past spring. You will have a lot fun watching all those seedlings grow and noting the differences in colors and patterns when they finally get their adult leaves. Take lots of pictures and let us see the progress. Growing from seed is always exciting.

    • bonseyes

      September 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Hi Bob! I think you are right about the seeds. I’m glad I didn’t give up on Otzeniana after my first failed attempt at growing them! I’m looking forward to seeing the differences in colors and patterns too; 10 of seeds were ‘mixed’ varieties of Otzeniana so I hope for some variation in colors.

      I will definitely take photos 🙂

  2. bittster

    September 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Isn’t it funny how that works out? Still a disappointment on the first one, but things look promising now!

    • bonseyes

      September 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Yes, I agree! I’ve learned a lot about Lithops this year. I’m going to do a post on my ‘leasons learned’ in the near future.


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