The plants are growing nicely, they've put on quite a good size this year. I spotted a plant going rather cheap so I chipped in with a cheeky bid and somehow managed to win. It's a good mature specimen with four heads so well worth the minimal cost.
It looks like it would appreciate a drink but I've just up-potted it so it will have to wait for 3 days or so.
It does look slightly shriveled, and i can understand not watering a succulent plant, just after the roots have been disturbed, to avoid rotting issues.
Fred, at what phase of growth should watering be withheld for Lithops species, in order to avoid the "stacking" of the lobes?
And had to wonder if the good fortune of your "cheeky bids" correlates with the timing of the seasons, as "in spring sell high, and bid low in fall".
The reasoning goes that in spring, after a long dreary winter, hobbyists and green thumbs are bursting at the seams to get growing again, with their plant budgets still intact for the promise and high hopes of another growing season upon them.
Likewise, when Autumn arrives, budgets are depleted, if not completely blown.
The growing season is over outside, gardens are harvested, bedding plant annuals and flower pots are removed and composted.
By that time, growers have had their growing fill and many now appreciate the seasonal reprieve from the duties of growing.
Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, with the seasons reversed, you may not have been so lucky now, with the eagle eyed high rollers not letting these little gems escape their notice or their still fattened wallets.
With Lithops, apart from over winter, the watering is withheld when the plant is growing the new leaves. No water is given until the old leaves have shrivelled to brown husks. This of course can be a problem in a pot or tray of mixed plants when the individuals decide to rejuvenate at different times.
As for the cheeky bids, there's no fixed season for it. It's purely by chance. Being half Yorkshireman and half Scot I'm genetically prevented from voluntarily paying too much for anything. Therefore, even when I see a plant I really want I'll severely limit the amount I'll offer for it. So in with the cheeky bids and it's amazing how often they pay off. OK so I also miss out on some plants that I can well afford to bid higher on but there's next week or the week after or even the week after that.There's no charge for the number of bids.
dvg: Gonna have to get my empty five-gallon pails out and fill em full-o-snow
Jan 8, 2020 18:45:35 GMT
dvg: Let it snow, Let It Snow, LET IT SNOW!!!
Jan 8, 2020 18:46:21 GMT
stevebooth: You buried yet Doug
Jan 9, 2020 15:57:32 GMT
dvg: It wasn't too bad Steve, more snow is still expected in our forecast, but nothing too out of the ordinary for here
Jan 9, 2020 16:34:34 GMT
dvg: Did manage to pack down seven pails full of fluffy fresh snow, but despite trying to compact the snow as much as possible and even doming each pail's surface with an extra scoop on top, once melted, the pails were far from being full
Jan 9, 2020 16:40:10 GMT
dvg: When one collects a bucket of water, he has himself a bucket of water, while a bucket of melted snow only yeilds a third of a bucket of water, at best
Jan 9, 2020 16:42:01 GMT
dvg: But that said, there is still no shortage of snow drifts here now in which to harvest fresh snow from
Jan 9, 2020 16:44:01 GMT
dvg: According to your forecast, it looks like after a sunny weekend, you'll all be seeing some good rain
Jan 9, 2020 17:05:27 GMT
dvg: But at least you'll be collecting full buckets of aqua, unlike my mere pennies on the pound
Jan 9, 2020 17:06:45 GMT
stevebooth: Water temperature 9c in the pond which has a high mass, carp that should be torpid are feeding, scavenging the high protein food for the sturgeons.
Jan 12, 2020 16:33:21 GMT
dvg: Brrrr! It's -37°c outside right now here.
Jan 14, 2020 17:19:12 GMT
dvg: Supposed to warm up to a high of -32°c later this afternoon...that should take the edge off
Jan 14, 2020 17:20:24 GMT
corky: Don't know how you cope with those temperatures, far too cold pour moi
Jan 14, 2020 22:04:17 GMT
dvg: We get by with patience and lots of layers of clothing
Jan 15, 2020 20:02:51 GMT
dvg: It was -37°c again this morning here, but the temps are supposed to turn around by next week
Jan 15, 2020 20:04:49 GMT
stevebooth: We’re expecting minus 1c Saturday night into Sunday, I will definitely need a coat
Jan 16, 2020 8:13:27 GMT