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L. Terricolr Peersii

21 Sep

I’ve always loved Terricolors. I have a secret obsession with them, actually. I think the draw is their coloration. They remind me of the mottled skins of elephants with their pink and purple hues and grey spots (the windows). I used to believe Terricolors were underrepresented in Lithops culture and certainly under-appreciated. I was delighted to see they rose to the top in the ‘favorite cultivar’ survey I held a couple months ago!

These are one year old Terricolor Peersii (catalogue #2014-11). I imported them from Germany and am happy to report that they are doing well and none the worse for wear after their long trip. They seem quite hardy and I’m hopeful they are going to do well here. I have read that this variety of Terricolor does tend to be a bit smaller than other Lithops and these particular plants are showing to be petite in stature so perhaps it is true.  They will have yellow blooms once mature and with the nice color variations I’m already seeing in this pot, I think once they are in bloom, it will be a sight to behold for sure!

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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Terricolor

 

6 responses to “L. Terricolr Peersii

  1. LithopsNewbie

    September 22, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Actually, I got a question of my 1-year old baby lithops and hopefully you can shred me some light. Mine is having a sign of it’s first new leaves re-generation; do I stop watering them until old leaves become paper thin (as with adult lithops) or I should keep it relatively moist? Thx.

     
  2. bonseyes

    September 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Hi LithopsNewbie! You ask a very good question and one that doesn’t really have a very straightforward answer. I’m going to tell you what I would do under the following assumptions (1) you are in the Northern Hemisphere (2) you have had these Lithops their entire lives and they have always been kept well watered and they haven’t died yet (3) they live in very well-draining soil. Under these assumptions, I would reduce the amount of water but I wouldn’t withhold water completely. I would not keep them moist though; I would let them dry out completely between watering. Traditional Lithops wisdom would say to withhold water until the leaves are fully absorbed, but this is the rainy season for Lithops and it’s my theory that we need to bring the yearlings onto an adult schedule and sometimes that means watering them when intuitively we shouldn’t be. The rainy season triggers flowering in adult Lithops and that’s what should be happening now. The dry period coming up (starting after flowering) triggers the new plants to form. Your yearlings, just like mine, aren’t on that schedule yet. Mine have renewed a couple times this summer already. I’m kind of ignoring them. If they were in their natural habitat, they’d be getting rained on just like the adults. I’m of the belief that after this upcoming Winter, they will finally be on a proper cycle. This is just my opinion and like you, I’m going through the same thing.

     
  3. David

    September 23, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Germany yearlings unite! Haha I upgraded my pot with a few new ones, including a retry of the Fullergreen, the guy was super nice and didn’t charge me for it. Some of them are significantly larger than the others though, even though they’re all supposedly 1-year-old



    I watered them the 3rd day in after potting, hopefully they’ll all make it this time!

     
    • bonseyes

      September 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Oh My! They are adorable! Congrats! They look to be doing well. Are some of those from your first shipment? If so, they’ve certainly made themselves at home!

       
    • bonseyes

      September 25, 2014 at 1:04 am

      Hi David. What’s the little brown one with the spots? Lithops fulviceps v. fulviceps??? It’s very cute. I think I *need* one 😀

       
  4. David

    September 25, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Haha thanks! Yes 4 of them were from the first shipment, I was scared to move them around but they weren’t too pissed about it seems like. And yes, the one you eyed on is the fulviceps v. fulviceps, I thought it was a terricolor at first that’s why I was gonna reply, but I realized they’re sort of similar.. Here are all the Lithops in this pot:
    Lithops olivacea v. olivacea
    Lithops julii ssp. fulleri v. fulleri ‘Fullergreen’
    Lithops pseudotruncatella ssp. groendrayensis
    Lithops fulviceps v. fulviceps
    Lithops karasmontana ssp. karasmontana v. karasmontana “lateritia”
    Lithops lesliei ssp. lesliei v. lesliei ‘Albinica’
    Lithops karasmontana ssp. karasmontana v. karasmontana “jacobseniana”
    And
    Lithops dorotheae

     

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