Friday 13 July 2018

Lithops in Growth

OK. I'll tell you what I expected.

When I wrote my last column on lithops, I explained how the new growth inside a lythop, would grow up and split the existing top. What I had expected was though the plant was brown, as it grew, the stem would be brown.

Imagine my surprise this morning, when I looked and saw all that green. Yes, I know that plants grow green, I had just not expected this to sprout with a green stem.

The above picture not only shows the green but the withered leaves that once looked like the present one looked, only smaller. As the new stem grows, it draws water from the leaves, which dry up and eventually fall off.

Obviously I need to add some new soil to this as the present earth is dried up and the roots may become exposed. My weekend project, among others.

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