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sushiwaitress

It's pretty much all lithops, all the time -- in excruciating detail. (I might have a problem.) Consider yourselves warned. NJ USA Zone 7a

Lithops Salicola

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sushiwaitress

Free hugs 🙌 23 Feb 2020 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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cyndi

Lol

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cyndi

🤗

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sushiwaitress

14 Feb 2020 #lithops #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

Pollinated flower/beginning of a seed pod on the left. The middle and right flowers were not pollinated. 4 Feb 2020 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

@heatherdirtyhands here's a comparison -- I know the plant in the other photo is pollinated because I put pollen on it from another salicola flower, but I can also tell by how round the top of the flower stalk has become. Unpollinated flower stalks stay narrow and dry out.

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sho47

Fascinating 😃

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sushiwaitress

Curious how this situation will turn out: they look like they're dying, but the seed pod appears to be pollinated. Are there baby leaves way down in there? I really hope so... #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola 2 Feb 2020

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richard.spicer.7906

🤞🏼🤞🏼

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heatherdirtyhands

How can u tell it's pollinated?

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sushiwaitress

#lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #lithopssplitting 2 Feb 2020

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sushiwaitress

#lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones 12 Jan 2020

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sushiwaitress

These guys are looking pretty rough. Can only wait and see if they're on the way out or if they'll make new baby leaves after all. 12 Jan 2020 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

The salicolas are super-active! New #bud at 12 o'clock, #bloom at 3, bud developing at 8, and probably-pollinated flowers at 9 and 10. Gave them another splash of water today to keep the party going. 21 Nov 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #lithopsflower #twins

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sushiwaitress

I love how curly those flower-bits are. What are they called? 21 Nov 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #lithopsflower

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telswirld

How lovely 😊

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sushiwaitress

I didn't check on these guys for a few days and in the meantime, one #bud bloomed, another bud emerged and bloomed, and a third bud is on its way to #bloom 19 Nov 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins #lithopsflower

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sushiwaitress

10 Nov 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins #lithopsflower

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sushiwaitress

We have a late bloomer, folks. 1 Nov 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins #lithopsflower #bud

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sushiwaitress

24 Oct 2019 attempting pollination with the pollen I saved. I probably waaaay overdid it by dumping all the pollen I have onto this one bloom, but it's the only salicola bloom left this year so why not? The anthers look a little deformed, so I hope this flower isn't too much of a mutant to make a seed pod #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsflower #lithopssalicola #experiment

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sushiwaitress

24 Oct 2019 attempting pollination with the pollen I saved #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopsflower #lithopssalicola

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lydiastirling

Good luck

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lovestogarden

Fun! 🍀

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sushiwaitress

Waaaaaitingggggg 12 Oct 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #lithopsflower #bud

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sushiwaitress

Takin' it's sweet old time 11 Oct 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #bud #lithopsflower

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belindah

😃👍

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sushiwaitress

YESSSSSS!!!! Do you see what this MEANS??? (Hint: there's already another salicola blooming... 😱) #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins #bud 5 Oct 2019

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sushiwaitress

The one #lithopssalicola that was variegated last year split into #twins and one of the twins kept the coloring 3 Oct 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents

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sushiwaitress

What is up with this saggy guy? Is your twin and your big neighbors being parasitic and slurping up all the water before you can get any? 18 Sep 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

@scaryskates 🤣😂

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sushiwaitress

Watering day 6 Jun 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

My #variegated #lithopssalicola is still variegated even after shedding its old leaves 😊 10 May 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents

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sushiwaitress

3 May 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

Gave this pot a big soak a few days ago. Looks like they liked it, esp Miss Lavinia who has destroyed her frock. 2 May 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins

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sushiwaitress

(Maybe I should quit messing aground with Lavinia and just give everyone some water.) 18 Apr 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins #texture

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janetandjim

That is crazy cool!

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terrimclaughlin

Your so good at caring for these!!! Just curious but do you know more or less how many u have??!?? It’s great to see you with so much passion. It’s great👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😊💕

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sushiwaitress

Miss Lavinia wanted you to see the side view and how perfectly it fits, but she refuses to divulge the name of her dressmaker! 18 Apr 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #texture

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lovestogarden

😂 great patterns.

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sushiwaitress

Lord 'a mercy Miss Lavinia, that new frock you're wearing is mighty handsome. That collar! Those ruffles! Your dance card is gonna fill right on UP! 18 Apr 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #texture

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sushiwaitress

This one looks like a v-neck dress bodice with frilly sleeves 👗 12 Apr 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

Ragged & wrinkly & crumpled 12 Apr 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins

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sushiwaitress

Wrinkulosity 4 Apr 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins

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sushiwaitress

Ridiculous amount of wrinkles 4 Apr 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins

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sushiwaitress

Super wrinkly. The lithopsian superhero of wrinkliness. 4 Apr 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins

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telswirld

💚👌🏻

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sushiwaitress

#homedepot #lithopssalicola you remind me of wrinkly elephants' feet. 🐘👣 31 Mar 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents

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sushiwaitress

Not super thrilled to see the new baby plant having wrinkles... 22 Mar 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins

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kez001uk

Hopefully it’ll Benjamin Button 🤞🏻😉

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kylers

Not good for the plant but wow such detail in this picture. Great close up

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sushiwaitress

My heart LEAPED a few months ago when I discovered that 5 out of 7 of my #homedepot #lithopssalicola heads were making #twins this year. I couldn't really (a) tell for sure or (b) get a clear enough picture until now, but I am so freaking excited. Good thing I put them in a big pot last year! 15 Mar 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents

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kylers

Awesome news !!

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sushiwaitress

Looking pretty raggedy.... 8 Mar 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins

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20 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #lithopssplitting

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sushiwaitress

#lithopssalicola looking soggy 18 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents

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Last #lithopssalicola finally split 13 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents

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sushiwaitress

Come on wrinkly, you can do it! You're so close 9 Feb 2019 #lithops #lithopssalicola #livingstones #succulents

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sushiwaitress

Double buns 🍑🍑7 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins

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terrimclaughlin

Wow what a great shot!!😊💕

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sushiwaitress

Soooo wrinkly... 🦏 5 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

In just one day the split is wider. 5 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

4 Feb 2019 everybody looking pretty wrinkly these days #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssplitting

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sushiwaitress

Second to last of the #lithopssalicola heads to finally split. 4 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssplitting

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sushiwaitress

1 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

1 Feb 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #twins

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sushiwaitress

Wrinkle city 28 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

These were already twins when I bought them. Looks like they're almost ready to split too. #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola 27 Jan 2019

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sushiwaitress

Deflation 27 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

Wrinkly 27 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

Maybe some twinnage way back in there too? 26 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

Some twinnage going on in there? 26 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

Twins getting fatter... 26 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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Oly

😯😍

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sushiwaitress

Another set of #twins from my #homedepot #lithopssalicola 26 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents

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sushiwaitress

20 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #grittymix #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

Yaaaaaaaaay!! 👀✌👩‍👧‍👧20 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola not a trithops after all but #twins

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tastar7

Congrats! Did you grow this one from seed?

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Oly

👏👏👏

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sushiwaitress

@tastar7 no, I bought these guys from #homedepot last year. Guessing from their size they've got to be at least 2 or maybe even 3 years old.

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sushiwaitress

This one might become a #trithops! 10 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

Lots of progress in the 3 days I was away. 6 Jan 2019 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola The only ones who haven't started splitting yet are the twins.

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sushiwaitress

Another one starting, 2 Jan 2019 #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents

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sushiwaitress

Progress. #lithops #livingstones #succulents #grittymix #lithopssalicola 30 Dec 2018

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rosegardengirl

Love the colour of this one.

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sushiwaitress

@rosegardengirl thank you!! This variety is pretty common in the USA. Salicola and aucampiae are grown in huge quantities by a wholesale grower in California (Altman Plants), so I see them constantly and then fail to appreciate them. Happy New Year, and enjoy your summer. (I had a little bit of ❄⛄today. Brrrr!)

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sushiwaitress

22 Dec 2018 This guy started popping out new leaves way earlier than any other. #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents

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sushiwaitress

One of my home depot #lithopssalicola is starting to get Up To Something. #lithops #livingstones #succulents 22 Dec 2018

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sushiwaitress

This one looks like it's working on something. #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents 15 Dec 2018

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sushiwaitress

These guys are getting wrinkly too but these I FOR SURE should not water. They were bloated and overwatered and nearly bursting when I bought them and they're clearly big enough to survive a dry winter rest. #lithops #livingstones #succulents #succulentsunday #grittymix #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

I peeled off the dry bits of the dead flower with a tweezer. This is the plant I collected pollen from, so this one was definitely not pollinated. Gotta wait until this stalk dries up before clipping it off. #lithops #lithopssalicola #livingstones #succulents #grittymix

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sushiwaitress

The early-splitting #lithopssalicola is busy making leaves. No more water for you until spring. 🚫 🌧 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #grittymix

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kimguy

They still amaze me!💚

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sushiwaitress

Dialed up the exposure on this guy a bit so I could get a peek at what he's up to. Looks like leaves and not a flower. He's going early probably because he didn't get enough light in the past couple months. #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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lovestogarden

Such pure beauty. ❤️

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sushiwaitress

What is this? A late-bloomer? An early leaf-change? We'll soon find out. #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents #grittymix 19 Oct 2018

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kimguy

#anticipation

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sushiwaitress

Crazy wild white hair. #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents #succulentflowers #succulentblooms

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cyndi

Very cool

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sushiwaitress

Wild Einstein-white hair as the #succulentflower fades. #succulentflowers #succulentblooms #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents #grittymix

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sushiwaitress

#lithopssalicola flower now waning after about a week... hope the pollen I saved will work... 4 Sept 2018 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #grittymix #succulentflowers #succulentblooms

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wesleybrian

I've yet to see one flower in person yet but I've just brought a pot full 💕

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sushiwaitress

So here's my high-tech custom #pollen-storage apparatus. The silica gel packets are from old shoe boxes and such. The lithops anthers and pollen are folded up in the paper and now stowed in my fridge. #pollen-harvesting #experiment #learning #alwayslearning #hopethisworks

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sushiwaitress

Welp, I attempted to harvest some pollen. I hope I didn't knock it all off the flower -- a lot fell that I couldn't catch. I tried knocking it off with a toothpick onto a piece of paper. I tried picking up dropped pollen with a soft makeup brush. No luck. I eventually clipped off some anthers from each side and left the rest in place in case the other bud opens up in time. #lithops #livingstones #succulents #succulentflowers #succulentblooms #lithopssalicola #pollen-harvesting #experiment

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sushiwaitress

#learning #alwayslearning #hopethisworks I really hope I didn't kill the flower completely.... we'll see...

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sushiwaitress

Time for beauty sleep 28 Aug 2018 8pm EDT #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #succulentflowers #succulentblooms #windowsill #apartmentgarden

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sushiwaitress

Blue and orange, one of my favorite color combinations 28 Aug 2018 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #succulentflowers #succulentblooms #lithopssalicola

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Soph1e

Gorgeous photo! #bestofaugust

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sushiwaitress

Awww thanks @Soph1e

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lovestogarden

Fantastic 📷! The white is so pure. ❤️

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plants

Just lovely 👍😍

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sushiwaitress

7:15pm EDT and it's starting to close up for the evening #lithops #livingstones #succulents #succulentflowers #succulentblooms 28 Aug 2018 #lithopssalicola

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lovestogarden

Really fabulous 📷! ❤️

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cpl721

Beautiful! How long do the flowers last?

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sushiwaitress

@cpl721 once they open, they last for about a week

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sushiwaitress

Silvery salicola petals #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola 28 Aug 2018 #succulentflowers #succulentblooms

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sushiwaitress

28 Aug 2018 #lithops #flower day 2 #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

@KelsiBriana thanks for the hashtags! 😉👍

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sushiwaitress

TODAAAAAAAAAY!!! 27 Aug 2018, 6pm EDT #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents #windowsill #apartmentgarden #afternoonsun Now I have to figure out how to save the pollen in case one of the other salicolas blooms.

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erino

I just Googled saving pollen and got a pretty good answer. Collect it, dry it and chill until use. Look it up for more detail.

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DickieLeysh

I've had a good nose through your pics and what a remarkable account! A lot more technical than your average user.

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sushiwaitress

@DickieLeysh haha, thanks. My original purpose for joining GT was to use it as a kind of electronic notebook for recording observations about my plants. But of course now as soon as I wake up I check to see who has liked my photos overnight. 😉 I write down in the notes the dates I water because if I don't keep track I'm sure I'll kill them all.

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kimguy

Woo Hoo! For yuo!

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DickieLeysh

I use google calendar reminders to coordinate my watering and feeding, otherwise I would drown everything.

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MadKatrina

I want to congratulate you, not sure why but I feel that appropriate. How exciting!!

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sushiwaitress

@MadKatrina Thanks Rachel! 😁

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MadKatrina

Your reflective backdrop has clearly helped with the light!

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sushiwaitress

Might bloom today or tomorrow!!!! 27 Aug 2018, 1:15 pm EDT #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents #windowsill #apartmentgarden #afternoonsun

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ukjohnny

...super shot

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sushiwaitress

Flower bud is 2-3mm taller today #lithops #livingstones #succulents #succulentsunday #grittymix #lithopssalicola

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sushiwaitress

👅 #lithops #livingstones #succulents #lithopssalicola #bud #flowerbud #closeup #upclose

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jasabe

Hello Ruth. I have never seen livingstone before. I think they are unknown here in Spain. Thank you for showing me this new plant, I will search on the ínternet about them.

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sushiwaitress

I know about a lithops grower in Spain! Check them out! https://www.facebook.com/suculentia/ @jasabe

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jasabe

Thank you Ruth , l will take a look

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sushiwaitress

#lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents #closeup #upclose

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misternatureboy

*BLUSHES*

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sushiwaitress

👅 #lithops #livingstones #grittymix #succulents

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sushiwaitress

MY FIRST #LITHOPS FLOWER BUD YOU GUYS I AM SO EXCITED!!! #livingstones #succulents #afternoonsun Clearly I was not paying close enough attention to the Old Reliable salicolas. How long has this bud been here and why did I not notice it before today?? #lithopssalicola

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cyndi

Whoo hooo

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lydiastirling

Oh wow. Looking forward to seeing the flower when it opens.

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kimguy

😜

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sushiwaitress

@kimguy I know it looks so much like it's sticking it's tongue out! 👅

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kimguy

It sure does, Ruth!!!

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sushiwaitress

I cut the flaps off an empty cardboard cracker box and covered the printed side with aluminum foil. Couple pieces of tape hold the foil in place, and I used a bit of tape to stick the reflector onto the edge of the pots so it doesn't fall off the #windowsill #apartmentgarden #diy #reuse #recycle #repurpose

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erino

Great idea 👍

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sushiwaitress

@jyotu I made a cheap reflector to give the back half some light.

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jyotu

Great idea!!! 😊😆

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sushiwaitress

Some of my #homedepot #lithopssalicola are getting taller on one side and leaning toward the light. These two pots in the foreground and midground don't have aluminum-foil reflectors like the pots in the background do. This window gets a lot of sun from about 1pm to sunset, but apparently the shady sides of the lithops need some lovin'. Coming right up darlings.

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sushiwaitress

@jyotu see how the one is leaning toward the light because light only comes from one direction?

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jyotu

Yes that's looking great

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sushiwaitress

5 Aug 2018 #closeup of my #lithopssalicola from Home Depot. They're having a lot fewer issues than my others -- probably because these plants are older and can go longer without water. #lithops #livingstones #succulents #succulentsunday #afternoonsun

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Scratchycat13

Have always wanted to try my hand at lithops but am worried the high humidity here will spell disaster. Love ur collection!

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sushiwaitress

5 Aug 2018 I just noticed the little red flecks at the edges of the windows. #lithops #livingstones #succulents #succulentsunday #afternoonsun

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sushiwaitress

The one at bottom right is wowing me today with its blue and pink windows. And the one just to his left has such an intricate and bright pattern. Love these salty dudes. #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents

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sushiwaitress

Are we a little bit #variegated ? 🤔 #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents

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pixierose

@sushiwaitress Is there a certain depth they have to be planted at? How often do you water and how often please? Thank you 😊🙏🏼👍🏼

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sushiwaitress

@pixierose in the wild they're buried up to their necks with only the top windows showing. I just guessed with these. I think they look best when they're close to flush with the surface.

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sushiwaitress

@pixierose watering is really tricky. It depends on what soil they're in, and what climate you live in. These guys are in a "soil" of 90% pumice and granite chips with a little bit of coconut coir and vermiculite mixed in. I've only had them about two weeks so I'll probably give them their first bit of water next week. In the wild sometimes most of the moisture they get is from mist and dew, so it's really hard to know in advance.

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sushiwaitress

@pixierose I'm basically going to give them a good drench about once a month during spring and summer and after October I probably won't water again until next March.

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pixierose

@sushiwaitress Oh Wow 😯 I definitely overwatered mine! The soil composition was totally wrong too. 🙁🙈 I’m learning so much, thank you so much. I live in the UK so not sure what conditions I would have to follow. 😁🙏🏼👍🏼

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sushiwaitress

@pixierose There's a facebook group called Love Lithops that has some UK-based folks in it. That group is an absolute wealth of information. Also the British Cactus and Succulent Society has web forums that have discussions about lithops. http://society.bcss.org.uk

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sushiwaitress

For scale, with hand and Coke can. #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents #homedepot #roots

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sushiwaitress

For scale, with Coke cans. #lithopssalicola #lithops #livingstones #succulents #homedepot

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sushiwaitress

Great roots on these! #lithopssalicola #lithops #homedepot

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sushiwaitress

These are the 2 pots of "green guys" I bought today at #homedepot. I'm guessing they're #lithopssalicola but not really sure. They can be salicola for now until someone corrects me. #lithops #livingstones #pumice #succulents I'd totally given up on my home depot in New Jersey ever getting them, but surpriiiiiiiise! 😍😍 #wishlistnomore

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sushiwaitress

Also, I saw evidence of a dried up flower on the twins in this pot (around 10 o'clock) so maybe it'll flower again this August.

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