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Roridula gorgonias Roridula gorgonias South Africa bug plant

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#1 Andreas

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 05:24 AM

....that there are still people reading this forum! :grin: More than I´d expect someone stated. ^^ Last topic I posted: 207 views (so far) - not bad! (Not bad for times like these.)

It´s times like these you learn to live again,
It´s times like these you give and give again,
It´s times like these you learn to love again,
It´s times like these time and time again.

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Okay. I have a Roridula gorgonias in flower at the moment. The plant´s actually already too big for my conditions, so getting it alive through winter is a bit challenging. But the plant is quite brave. I´d need an extra metal halide lamp for the "Rori" but slowly all these energy consuming lights become too expensive for me. :( Let alone my lack of space for bigger plants.... This year it´s time to search for a good, new home for the plant. From spring to autumn it enjoys the sun on a South-West facing balcony where it catches countless prey (without benefitting from it as I host no Pameridea roridulae!). ;-) I will cocker the plant up for the coming summer to sell it. Seems I need to join a plant exhibition this year... ;-) Yes, the "Rori" will be taller than a metre in summer, so it´s impossible to ship it somewhere.

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This is the place where "Rori" survives the winter. It get´s a little light from a 250 W metal halide lamp from one side and a little from a double 54 W fluorescent light from another side. Yeah, the leaves are terribly green! Hopefully this spring won´t be too frosty so I can put the "Rori" back to the balcony soon.

I was also thinking the plant flowers as a panic reaction to survive by seed - in case, ya know... ;-)

(In the background there are numerous small 5 cm square pots with Lithops plus a bunch of tuberous Droserae in big pots.)

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I have moved the pot for some more photos into the living room where the light situation is more comfortable for my small digital camera. I´m sorry for the poor quality of my images. The times I produced "artwork" photos have definitely gone!
Hm...nice, so many flowers, isn´t it? =D

Last year my "Rori" also flowered in January/February which is a bit early I believe. And finally the plant flowered once again in June/July! Which is also out of time I think.
I guess it will be the same this summer! The plant will look much better in summer with reddish leaves!

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I love these flowers! The camera has no macro mode - this is the closest I can get to still receive a reasonably sharp picture.

Using the digital zoom leads to this:

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Well, I just wanted to show that this plant is currently pleasing me with mass flowering. It´s sad I need to give it away in half a year... :cray:



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Andy

#2 Aidan

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 02:58 PM

Lovely. :good2:

I've never had much success with Roridula (or Lithops!)... and have killed a couple of them over the years. :sad:

Perhaps see if you can strike a cutting to keep?

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 11:56 AM

Thank you, Aidan.

I almost believe it´s a miracle my Roridula survives the winter. :unsure: Autumn 2014 I had to struggle with several fungi on the leaves: First mildew and later Botrytis. Thankfully this season I´m spared to that trouble. A CUTTING???!!! It really works? I was already thinking on trying to raise new plants from seed. Umm, has anyone yet tried a cutting of Roridula? Where to cut the plant - at the wooden part of the stem or the green tip? :scratch_one-s_head: I wonder if Thomas Carow is willing to answer my questions... *ggg* Or just trial and error? I´ll see.

Oh well, Lithops! I´ll lose a dozen or even more again this winter! I will also stop growing Lithops in autumn! Somehow I don´t find the right conditions! Yes, the majority usually survives and also thrives, but almost none of them ever flower! It wasn´t to be I´m growing Lithops!! :sad: Some species perform well for two or three years and then suddenly rot....

Greetings!

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 08:15 PM

Don't take my word for it (my history with Roridula is not one of overwhelming success), but I don't see any overwhelming reason why cuttings should not be possible.





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