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.
A few weeks ago I spotted a couple of pots of unidentified Lithops seedlings. Several have turned out to be L. terricolor. They have a range of colours so it will be interesting to see how they all turn out once the new leaves are formed.