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30 Aug

These are both last year’s seedlings.  They are maturing nicely!

This is Verruculosa ‘Rose of Texas’.  They are a year and three months old.  I have seven in total but only two are shedding right now.  I’m loving the red ‘blood spots’ coming through.  The spots are typical of many (maybe all???) Verruculosa and I use them to identify the species often.  Of course, the most interesting characteristic of this particular cultivar is the pink blooms (most Lithops have yellow or white blooms) but these particular plants are much too young for that 🙂

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These are my Fulviceps V Fulviceps and Olivacea V. Nebrownii yearlings.  They are exactly 12 months old today; happy sowing day little guys!!!  I planted these ones late in the season as I had an extra pot and some spare seeds and this is what I got!  There are six Fulviceps and three Olivacea.  The Olivacea took a really long time to come up and I thought I wasn’t going to get any, so I’m more then pleased with three!  Fulviceps also have spots, but they are unlike those of Verruculosa.  Verruculosa spots really do look like little drops of fresh blood.  Fulviceps spots are more like the mottled skin of a toad.

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5 Comments

Posted by on August 30, 2015 in Fulviceps, Olivacea

 

5 responses to “Yearlings

  1. Bob Stewart

    September 4, 2015 at 5:25 am

    I really like the L. verruculosa ‘Rose of Texas’ plants. They have an excellent set of ‘rubrications’. I hope these remain prominent on your plants as they mature and gain size. To me the rubrication dots look like tiny red jewels. The ‘Rose of Texas’ cultivar was discovered by nurseryman Ed Storms in the 1980’s. I was fortunate to have visited Ed Storms several times and he grew more lithops than you could imagine. I guess when you grow hundreds of thousands of lithops from seed some interesting mutations and hybrids are bound to show up. Nice plants

    Yes, I like the L. fulviceps and L. olivacea v. nebrownii plants too. Amazing differences in size. So much fun to watch seedling lithops grow and develop their mature colors and patterns. Thanks for sharing you plants with us. I always enjoy looking at them.

     
  2. bonseyes

    September 4, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Rubrication is such a nice word as compared to ‘Blood Spots’ or ‘Spider Eyes’ – hehe. I always learn from you Bob! I didn’t realize Ed Storms discovered ‘Rose of Texas’. I have some Aucampiae cultivars from Ed, specifically ‘Storm’s Snowcap’ and one other that escapes me just now. The Lithops are having a good year 🙂

     
  3. David

    September 12, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Loving these updates! Sadly I’ve lost two yearlings over the past year, but the rest (4) of them are still going strong and I added a few new ones this past week. A question for you~ What do you do when in the same pot some are regenerating and some are still just sitting there looking pretty? To water or to hold off water..? Thanks in advance!

     
    • bonseyes

      September 16, 2015 at 1:37 am

      I hold off on water, David. When in doubt, I don’t water. I figure I am more likely to lose plants from over watering then withholding a bit.

      Sorry you lost two of your young plants. It happens and often without warning.

       
      • David

        September 16, 2015 at 3:00 am

        Sounds good, thank you! Yes, they are definitely very sensitive to watering. I was away from the country for a month and had someone water my plants for me, and they forgot to skip my adult Lithops so one of them also exploded when I got back… they were all regenerating so some of them push out the new leaves a bit more but the old leaves also became plump, I hope they will make it this fall/winter.
        The young ones are definitely hard to figure out but I’m slowly getting the hang of it now, hopefully no more losses from now on!

         

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