This is not a recent photo, all my plants now are tightly bundled up in the winter quarters. This is a photo of sunnier and warmer days a few years ago. However, as I begin to think about some of the succulent seeds I want to order for the late winter, I like to look back over plants I have grown over the past few years and enjoy some of my past successes. I want to build up my confidence before I begin my seed sowing for 2014.
Frithia humilis is a real charmer amongst the mesembs. Unlike it's bigger brother Frithia pulchra, it is easier to grow, especially in terms of watering. In fact, most growers have trouble with F. humilis because they keep it too dry. You have to have a well drained potting media, but this is a mesemb that does not enjoy going dry for extended periods of time.
I grow Frithia humilis in lots of sunlight. From mid May until the end of September it receives at least 8 hours of direct sun daily. This is another reason I give it special attention in terms of water. The results of strong sunlight are leaves that take on a very attractive (at least for me) reddish purple coloration. The strong sun has also resulted in good flowering.
Frithia humilis is a small plant but with time and good growth it can make a respectable sized clump. The photo below also demonstrates one of my quirks in growing small cacti and succulents. I like to put them in a somewhat large pot and try and make the plant look as if it were growing in its natural habitat. I have no idea whether or not I succeeded with F. humilis because I have never had the good fortune to visit its natural habitat. Nevertheless, it looks nice to me. :)