Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pseudolithos migiurtinu

In last year, I got 3 Pseudolithos migiurtinu from my friend. I was told that they can be rotten easily. I kept them under another plant so they got the shade light. Besides, I watered them about 2-3 times/week. (I live in the tropical country so it's summer now) They wre fine until yesterday. One of them was rotten. So poor! I also find the information about Pseudolithos migiurtinu and hope that everyone will not make the mistake same as me.

Pseudolithos is one of succulent species and its origin is in Yemen and Somalia. It likes the warm and dry climate. If you live in the cold area, you may need to have the warm green house for Pseudolithos.

The soil in the pot should be light: water can go through easily and quickly.

Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade, Light Shade (4-6 hours/day)

Bloom Color: Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Watering : 2 to 3 times a week during the hot summer, under very strong light (not full sun) and once a week during sunny winter days..

Pseudolithos migiurtinus is named from the Greek 'pseudo', false or fake
and 'lithos', stone, for the appearance of the stems. The genus has a restricted distribution of Somalia, Oman and Yemen. These plants constitute some of the most succulent species among the stapeliads. They are difficult in cultivation and are often grown on grafts with the stock usually beingCeropegia linearis.
Pseudolithos migiurtinus is one of the rarest of the succulent milkweeds (Asclepiadaceae). These plants, like most of the succulent milkweeds (stapeliads) are generally fly pollinated and conveniently smell like rotten meat or some type of manure. This species is usually single stemmed, so propagating them by cuttings is not a winning situation.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Flowers other than roses gifted on Valentines Day

The Valentine’s day is coming and the most common flower that everyone think of is Rose. However, there are other flowers that can be gifted on Valentine's Day. There is a reason why each of these flowers is given on Valentine's Day.

The giver is expected to have associated with each flower a particular meaning and the recipient is supposed to have got that meaning.

These meanings are not accepted by everyone. Yet there seems to be a consensus on this matter, which enables people to communicate using flowers.

The meaning associated with tulip is “love and passion”. This is, in some ways, similar to red rose, which means love, respect, and courage.

Yellow tulip, on the other hand, conveys the sense “hopeless love”.

Hibiscus indicates delicate beauty and heather suggests admiration and beauty.

If rose meant mere love, ivy means a more specific type of love, namely wedded love.

Lotus flower means “separated love” and lily of the valley means “let us make up” or “return of happiness”.