C and D's Succulents

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Re: C and D's Succulents

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Most of the Conophytums look their best right now
There are no flowers, but they are at their fattest, and some are ready to call it a year and go to sleep already, since the highs were in the 80s for a couple weeks.

Conophytum saxetanum PB3261 e Aurus
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Conophytum tantilllum ssp. inexpectum, Umdaus
not all clones have the red keels
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C. pellucidum v neohallii, Deurdrif
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C. pellucidum v terricolor, SH1252
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C. marginatum haramopense
or is it karamoepense like Mesa Garden calls it?
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Cheiridopsis meyeri minor
I posted this plant on the last page,
here is nice view of the pre-dormant stage of the dimorphic leaves .
The first time I looked at the bigger heads years ago, I thought they were flower buds.
But no, they are not flower buds, each head is a branch that holds next year's leaf pair. The outer skin will be completely dry in a couple weeks and next year's leaf pair will expand in the fall.

I put this put up on the highest shelf to hopefully get it to flower, but it was too late in the season, and the warm spell dried it out enough that it thought it was time to call it a year, and it gave up on flowering.
Some other cuttings in the shade are going to hang out for another month or 2.

What's really interesting is that a majority of the heads have branched into 3 heads each, a bigger center head, and 2 smaller heads on the sides. That's some fast spreading compared to most other small mesembs.
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This Chieridopsis meyeri has the same dimorphic leaves
but doesn't branch as vigorously as minor.
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Fantastic! I especially admire those C.pellucidums. Looking at their nice prominent patterns and compact proportions, they sure enjoy very high light levels during your winter.
Are they sitting in a greenhouse or simply outside and uncovered? What temperature do you keep them at during winter (min & max)?
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Wow, going dormant already ...
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Hi Jo
I grow those C. pellucidum in the Haworthia greenhouse, they get strong filtered light.

I sometimes have problems with C. pellucidum, they have roots that suck the water out of a pot a little too good, and they get fat and tall, and I sometimes cut them up and reroot them so they look more natural.

Those ones above were repotted last year, so they stayed compact for this year.
Our Temps are mid forties at night, and mid 60s to 70s during the day, we get a couple days below freezing a year, but never had a problem with mesembs being too cold, other plants are much more sensitive.
I never need to use heat in any of my greenhouses.

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Thanks C And D.
Your Californian conditions are almost ideal for growing the mesembs.
Mine aren't even close. I live in Czech republic. Our winters usually are dull with occasional severe frosts.
You can't keep those plants in a greenhouse without a heating. Sun during our winters is rather a rare phenomenon.
But this winter is a kind of exception to the rule. Weather still is very mild and we have quite a lot of sunny days.
Actually, I can't remember such a warm winter.
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Conophytum turrigerum
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Denise bought this Sarcocaulon herrei from Steve Freeze in an Auction for $75 last year
It looks like it came from the wilds.
I took it over since it's a winter grower and I don't want her killing it.
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C. turrigerum are so pretty. I just found out I had some, so I'll probably kill them after they were doing great incognito.
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C And D wrote:I took it over since it's a winter grower and I don't want her killing it.
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I am struggling with the Sarcocaulon herrei. I have a relative large one. It lost its foliage rather soon after I acquired it in May 2011. Not so strange, as summer was coming. But since the foliage has hardly returned. Just a bit of green peeping from the stem, but never growing properly. Maybe I was not watering it enough. But after a full winter of keeping it between moist and wet, I don't really see a difference.
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That Sarcocaulon herrei is a beautiful plant!
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Harriet, Thanks,
it's bigger than it looks
It had a nice rock half buried in the sand for staging, which looked good if you were looking at it from above.
But hid the base when looking from the side, so I took it out for the Photo.


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Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri v alboviridis
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My Titanopsis hybrid
"Little Spiky"
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Our neighbor, Gary James gave Denise this plant a couple weeks ago
with the name Traciandra tortilis.

At first glace, I thought it was just a mislabeled Bulbine torta

I googled the name, and there was no Traciandra and Bulbine tortilis came up,

but after a little more investigation, I found Trachyandra tortilis, a completely different Genus, Trachyandra is a genus of plant in the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, subfamily Asphodeloideae, which Bulbine is also a member of.
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Here is photo of one in the wild that comes up if you google the plant name
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and here is cultivated plant from the same google page
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The plant went dormant last week, and the leaves are just dried up threads now.
It would have probably stuck around a little longer if I didn't transplant it.
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Very cool. :) I've seen pictures of this plant and I'd love to try and find seeds of it some time. Along with all the other curly-leaved bulbs. :) Speaking of bulbs, I'm trying to get into growing Gethyllis species since they're completely magical and rare and difficult. :wink: I've just got G. linearis at the moment, but I'll be looking out for more.
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Fantastic!!
Constantly amazed,
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Some new stuff

Conophytum maughanii armeniacum
Nice cherries
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The first of the Gibbaeum heathii
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Stomatium agninum
The flowers open during the night
Very scented, like fresh wintergreen
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Sceletium tortuosum
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Disphyma dunsdonii
Nice creeper
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Oscularia steenbergensis
This plant has great very early season 3 toned flowers
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Not a mesemb
Tylecodon ellaphieae
I will get some flower photos in the summer
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