Xerophytes & Geophytes
Information &Nursery for Conophytum,
Other Succulents & Bulbs
PLANT AVAILABILITY AND ORDERING INFORMATION:-
Succulents available Ordering Info Order Form
SOME USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTH AFRICAN BULBS AND SUCCULENTS:-
Growing Conophytums Difficult Conos Untypical Conos Recent Cono Descriptions
Growing South African Bulbs Growing Lithops
Literature & sources Photo Gallery About Me
WELCOME TO MY WEB SITE
Starting in 1965, I have put together an extensive collection of succulent plants and bulbs and having ceased to be a research scientist, now have more time to grow my plants and maintain this web site which I hope is of help to other enthusiasts. My particular interest is in South African plants, with the succulent genus Conophytum being the big favourite, followed closely by Haworthia and Gasteria. Among the bulbs, I have a penchant for Lachenalia, the Massonia group, Haemanthus and Strumaria. Visitors may view my collection that is located in Surrey, England, but this can only be strictly via a prior appointment.
For about 17 years, I propagated conophytums and other South African bulbs and succulents on a modest scale for distribution by mail order, using lists that I mailed, Emailed, or posted on this site. I have now stopped this but I am continuing to propagate a few of the choicer species. I will bring plants along when I give talks or when I am invited to sell plants at events. If you are coming to any of these then contact me in advance if there are any conos that you particularly want. Other than this I will be selling a few plants on Ebay as I did last autumn.
I do not have any lists of plants or seeds for sale, nor can I help with any "Wants" lists
My Lithops and Conophytum collection has been filmed for the BBC Gardeners' World programme. They managed to visit just at the peak flowering time for the conos so plenty for the film crew to photograph. This material was included in the Gardener's World Number 30 programme on BBC2 at 21.00 on Friday 20th October. If you would like to see it on-line, then it should be on BBC i-player for 1 month afterwards. Go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/a-z/g and click on Gardeners' World. It should be on YouTube for longer https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCljDG7HXdr0RvbZsJsErBKg where you will need to click on programme 30 and find the mesemb film about 15 mins into the programme.
I have decided to reduce the amount of propagation that I carry out and I have only done small seed-sowings during the last two winters. As a consequence my plant list last autumn was the last comprehensive one that I shall issue. I enjoy growing and propagating my plants, but I have not enjoyed all of the cleaning and packing of the orders. I should now be able to spend time getting my own collection into better condition.
I expect to have some trays of potted plants available at these events: Exeter Branch Convention on Sunday 8th October where I am also a speaker; Zone 6 Convention at Capel Manor on Saturday 14th October; and the Haworthia Convention over the weekend 20th-22nd October.
I have recently added a few more images to three of the galleries and also some conophytum articles that might be of interest. There are now images of 145 Conophytum taxa in the Gallery so not very many more to go. These pictures have all been taken of plants in my collection.
Many of the names used for Lachenalia and Polyxena (now lumped into Lachenalia) in my photo gallery have now changed as a result of the publication of Graham Duncan's magnum opus "The Genus Lachenalia". This a monster work that incorporates Graham's observations on the genus made over the last 30 years or so and is a must for everyone interested in the genus. The only downside is it's price.
Page updated 9 August 2017