The little rocker

Lithops are an amazing genus within the plant family of the Aizoaceae. These little suckers are also named living stones and you’ll find many of them in Southern Africa. If you search for them along the banks of the Orange River near Aurabies Falls in the Northern Cape it might be that you are walking on them so much stone-alike they occur in nature. The one in the pot is a gift from one of our plant friends and we look after it as we’ve grown it from seeds ourselves. There are more local names for this ‘little rocker’. What about ‘Bok Voetjies’ (Deer Feet) or ‘Baba Boudjies’ (Baby Buttocks)?

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Soaking seed capsules

One of the spin offs of our garden is the distribution of seeds from our plants. Some seeds are difficult to obtain such as these from a Mammillaria specie (=cactus). After harvesting the seed capsules they need to soak for some days and when the tissue is soft it’s easy to remove. Next the seeds are dried and than a viability test is done. Indeed it can happen that all seeds are not viable but usually over 90 percent is.

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