Want to See Something Cool?

05 Dec

Want to see something cool?  It’s a leaf renewal in my 2 year old (well, 1 year and 10 month old) Conophytum!  I had my fingers crossed hoping it was going to bloom but it turned out to be a new leaf.

So, I’m assuming now I have to withhold water until they all renew their leaves?  The literature in cultivation of this genus (at least English versions) is so lacking…I’m still completely in the dark.  But, IF this was a Lithops, I’d withhold water so that’s what I’m going to try.

P.S.  These are the first Conophytum I’ve grown and I grew them from seed!  I’m very proud of them to say the least 🙂



Posted by on December 5, 2015 in Conophytum


7 responses to “Want to See Something Cool?

  1. David Meyreles

    December 5, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I thought I read somewhere that conophytum are summer dry and winter moist as opposed to lithops. Its all really confusing to me.

    • bonseyes

      December 5, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      Hi David! Yes, I’ve heard the same thing. I’ve even heard them referred to as “water loving”. You’re right, it is confusing :/

      • David Meyreles

        December 6, 2015 at 12:00 am

        I sowed my first conophytums a few days ago. Germinatiom has been great. Only a few. Experemting with growing lithops , conophytum and other mesembs from seeds in Dominican Republic. Trying to adjust all the info on growing for such a humid place..

      • David Meyreles

        December 6, 2015 at 12:03 am

        I meant germinatiom has NOT been great..:-)

      • bonseyes

        December 6, 2015 at 12:16 am

        What substrate are you using?

  2. bonseyes

    December 6, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I ask because the first time I sowed Conophytum, I used a very sandy mix. I had great results! The second time I sowed them, I used more of a Lithops type mix and I only got 2 out of 20 to germinate and survive and to be honest, they aren’t thriving.

    • David Meyreles

      December 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      I sowed everything in a mixture of my own crushing :-). Crushed brick, crushed stone ( i think some kind if schist) and sieved sand relatively coarse, no dust. It is very very humid here, especially this time of year so I didnt put any organic matter on most except the conophytum , because I read they like more moisture, and some of the lithops ( just as experiment). I added some coconut fiber. I then put a top very thin layer of sand and sow onto that. So.. the conophytum are on crushed brich, schist, sand and coconut fiber.


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