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I'm on an embryonic plant part kick at the moment-they are fascinating up this close!

First a tiny emerging leaf of a Schlumbergera Christmas Cactus:
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Next a new unfurling leaf of Peperomia

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Finally a tiny developing flower bud of a Haworthia truncata:
(I cheated a little on this as its cropped to give extra magnification, but the file size means it can take it without loss of quality)
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Oh in case your scratching your head over that last one, heres a link to what the plant looks like:
http://www.cactuslimon.com/images/Hawor ... uncata.JPG
Mines a little coloured by the sun

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Post by beetleman »

I love those Haworthia plants. I have been thinking of getting a few and planting them with some of my lithops. That would make a strange pot of plants :wink:
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Post by Harold Gough »

Growth of Haworthia species can be extremely slow.

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Harold Gough wrote:Growth of Haworthia species can be extremely slow.

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Yes especially this species. I've had it over 2 years and its hardly grown. Its known as a Window plant like Lithops in that in the wild only the top of the leaf would show above the soil to catch the light. The flower could take over a year to form.
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beetleman wrote:I love those Haworthia plants. I have been thinking of getting a few and planting them with some of my lithops. That would make a strange pot of plants :wink:
Hi Doug long time no see! I wouldn't recommend planting other plants with Lithops. They have such a low water requirement that literally a drop of water is all they need from october to march. The only time i water mine is when its hot and sunny. On cool cloudy days I don't touch it. Also if you have a Lithops be aware that when they form new leaves and the old ones shrivel do not give any water at all until those old leaves are completely gone as the plant is drawing the moisture it needs from them. Mine shrivels right up in the winter then come spring i give it a drop or sprinkling of water and it pops back to life again. Amazing plants!
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Post by Harold Gough »

While Cyclop's advice is the standard for Lithops, I tend to be rather careless when watering the cactus house where they live. They get many a splash during the summer and flower each autumn, having survive my regime for decades. So, while you should follow the standard advice, don't panic if they accidentally get water at other times.

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Oh my cacti and aloes often get a good drenching by mistake if we have a good downpour and the box theyre in leaks, but if that happened to a lithops, or this particular haworthia, it would be its undoing.
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Second confession: My H. truncata has also survived waterings by hosepipe alongside my other non-cactus succulents, weekly or more frequently, for some 40 years and flowers each year. Again, not a recommendation.

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