I’m so happy about how this one turned out! It only took a little longer than 4 hours to paint using a couple of kitchen sponges for the background and two small paint brushes for the trees and the deer. It now hangs over my sofa in the living room, replacing the painting I did of Lost Woods.
The Hoya with the odd sounding name is growing the most beautiful leaves right now! The sun is giving the little white speckles a faint pink tone and I love it. This is one of the cuttings I got from the nice Hoya lady in July. It’s not growing as fast as the citrina I got from her, but the leaves look nice and healthy. So far it has grown one set of leaves since July and another set is on the way.
The ball of fluff is growing even more fluff balls. Some of the fluff has been stained slightly last time I fertilized, but it will probably grow out of it soon. All of my Mammillaria cactus have proven to grow much, much faster than all of my other cacti. It’s so satisfying to watch your seed grown cacti just fill one pot after another. I’ve had to repot this one 3 times because new pups shoot out from the base of the mother plant pretty much constantly.
This is my “nursery”, currently fully stocked with Hoya cuttings and a couple of Nepenthes. This room is perfect because it doesn’t get any direct sunlight in the hot summer months, but the heat and strong indirect sunlight from my balcony just outside the window help the fragile plants grow. In winter when the weather in Denmark is cold and humid, this room gets direct sunlight, heating the room to a perfect temperature. I’ve been lucky to have a room like this in my apartment.
There was no room for my Ibervillea on the window sill with my other succulents, so as a last resort I had to move it somewhere else and let it roam free. My Trochomeria macrocarpa (left) and Ibervillea lindheimeri (right) grew up together when they were seedlings and only met each other again, barely 2 years later. They’re both 2 years and 8 months old here. The Trochomeria is so happy to be where it is, that it decided to flower for the second time this year, too.
Look how awesome they look next to each other, hiding my embarrassing DVD collection away with their fast growing vines.
My blushing Lapidaria margaretae has now been in my apartment for almost 4 years and I have watered it maybe 10 times since I got it. These are super fussy, but are still pretty easy to care for if done right.
Watering and soil
The most important thing is to repot immediately if it’s planted in potting soil. Like Lithops, Lapidaria will pop or rot if they’re standing in wet soil, because they don’t know when to stop drinking. Pure pumice or crushed lava rock is to be preferred. In addition to that, it’s best to plant your Lapidaria in a small pot, only slightly bigger than the plant to make sure the soil dries out quickly. It’s safe to water when the bottom leaves start wrinkling. It can take weeks or months before this happens. I water mine every 3-4 months or so.
It can be hard to judge if the plant gets enough light because they don’t stretch and turn pale like other succulents. Lapidaria and other mesembs do best in as much sunlight as possible if they’re indoors. Outdoors you may have to protect them from strong midday sun. Mine are in a south facing window, getting several hours of sunlight every day.
How are Lapidaria different from other mesembs?
Even though Lapidaria are mesembs, they don’t act like your average mesemb. They don’t really have a growing/dormant season. Instead of going dormant, they’re opportunistic growers, meaning that they grow new leaves if given water. Unlike Lithops and Pleiospilos, they can handle having more than 1 or 2 leaf sets. Mine currently has 5 sets of leaves. Stacking isn’t a problem with these as long as they’re healthy.
Look what I found at my local grocery store. A cute little variegated String of Hearts! I had one of these (the regular green version) a while ago, but for some reason it failed to thrive. It kept blooming over and over again and spent all of its energy on that instead of growing new leaves. I hope this one doesn’t do the same. I haven’t seen a variegated String of Hearts in real life until today.
My Hoya polyneura just rooted after a couple of weeks in a plastic bag with moist and well draining soil. It even grew a few extra roots along the stem to stay hydrated in the plastic bag. I really like this one because of its visible veins and thin leaves. Sometimes they appear to glow because sunlight can pass through the thin parts of the leaves.
This one is apparently fairly hard to keep alive, so I hope my green thumbs are enough to help it thrive in my apartment.
My name is Helle and I’m a Danish graphic designer.
I love to paint plants/nature and grow succulents and houseplants in my apartment. This is a blog about exactly that.