Saturday, 14 December 2013


I have grown Lithops optica rubra for a long time and although buds have developed they have never opened. This year I took one into my office where it is warmer than my greenhouse. On a sunny day the flowers opened [see 9/12/2013]. John Pilbeam came into the office and suggested the possibility of  getting some seed. A check of the greenhouse revealed another Lithops optica rubra in bud but not opening so this was taken into the office and two more days of sun produced some more flowers. Here are some photos taken before pollination.



  1. They really are a unique and beautiful lithops. It's sort of fitting that they don't make it too easy to grow and flower. You have done a great job with these plants Alain. I hope your pollination works and you get some fruit and seeds. The colors are great. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  2. It does seem odd trying to get the species to flower for years and then two at once,