The Lesliei’s have made it through the winter and are starting to renew! It’s amazing watching the new leaves emerge! About 1/2 my stock have started the process of renewing their leaves. Lesliei v ‘Hornii’ is going to be stunning 🙂
Monthly Archives: February 2015
If you’ve been following my blog for at least a year, you’ll know that once a year, and only once a year, I can’t resist but to show off my mini Oncidium orchids. Today, Ottawa, my home, is officially the coldest capital on the planet! What a great day to look at some blooming beauties!
They bloomed late this year, probably because of the weather, but they still managed to put on a spectacular show. I’m still waiting on the pink ones to open, but I expect to see them in the next week or so 🙂
The oldest of the 2014 plants are starting their second leaf renewal. The timing is perfect and makes me very happy! If all goes as planned, they should be right on schedule with the adults and will be easy to transition to the adult schedule. Last year, I watered the yearlings as much as they wanted and I ended up with some fat and bloated Lithops. I’m hoping to get these ones on a schedule much sooner and hopefully avoid the hyper-growth phase.
The Dorotheae below are completely dry and have been for a couple weeks. I don’t intend to water them until the old leaves are fully absorbed. The Aucampiae, unfortunately, were watered yesterday and you can see how one has kind of exploded. Luckily, there was a new plant inside so it’s not the end of the world for the plant, but it would still be better to avoid rupturing them so traumatically
Aucampiae is, by far, one of the most beautiful Lithops species. The variety within the species is amazing. You could keep only Aucampiae and your collection would still burst with color and texture! And their beauty isn’t their only virtue. They happen to be one of the best Lithops for beginners! Aucampiae are more forgiving of mistreatment then other species and it’s for this reason they make a great first Lithops! Check out these two beauties. They are two of the most beautiful Lithops I have in my collection and so different from each other! The one on the left is marked with vivid veins of red that pop off a pale pink background. The one on the left is an understated beauty characterized by a comparatively drab beige tone with khaki dots. It’s hard to believe they are both the same species, but they are! I think they compliment each other very well and I look forward to watching them grow side by side over the next few years 🙂