Conophytum are also a
personal favourite as they now provide an increasing number of glorious flowers and
Nowadays we grow them in the 12 foot by 8 foot, west-facing,
Robinson Roma, glass and aluminium conservatory. This has a twin-wall, polycarbonate
roof and heating by one 3Kw Parwin fan-heater. Some shading is provided by the pergola
on the southern side.
Despite having grown Conophytum for twenty
years or so, until recent years and the Mesemb Study Group, I had only sporadic
success and few flowers. Then I dared to give more water and things definitely
Admittedly there was
the occasional split head, but Conos can cope with that providing we give them
time to recover; just don't persist in over-zealousness with the watering can.
These latter years I've also taken the opportunity to sow plenty of
seed resulting in both the size of the Conophytum Collection and its quality