Just saw all your pics and you have so many of them! I just bought a pot on eBay after not being able to find any locally for over a year. So, now I have 5. 4 small ones are splitting, and one larger one is not. So I separated them as to not water the splitting ones by accident. Really hoping to have flowers in a couple years :D
@mushroomsinabag you may get flowers soon! One of mine did last year. I found these at Home Depot surprisingly. I have seen them at Walmart too, but it's really hard to find ones that haven't been overwatered. I ended up buying a lithop seed mix online and I have some seedlings going right now 😊
I remember how finicky they can be, so I didn't want to start with seeds. Although, I did look, and couldn't seem to find a seller for them. Best of luck with those seedlings, one day I hope to raise my five into a glorious clump.
I either bought them from MesaGarden or Cactusstore.com but I love both of those sites for seeds. I have a really high success rate with their stuff @mushroomsinabag if you ever decide to grow from seed!
Question.... @Frankenstank If u cover the top layer of soil completely with stones/sand/rocks/etc...... how can u tell how much moisture the soil has and when u need to 💦? (Not sayin u specifically, just asking in general... I see a lot of people do it) just wondering why....
@bpetty55 there really isn't much soil in this pot. It's all rocks and perlite all the way down. And with these you don't need to water until the outer leaves are completely dead. And then I just water them a tiny bit. I don't ever soak these like I do other succulents.
@bpetty55 I really water each plant individually if that makes sense. I pour water down the sides of each lithop to get it's roots wet. But, like I said only when the outer leaves are dead. I haven't watered these in months. And those ones that are swollen won't get water for a long time.
@blocherr Well, mostly because I'm just starting out with these and still learning. But, they take different amounts of water depending on where they are in their life cycle. So, I don't want to kill one by overwatering. Now they can each be watered depending on individual need!
@Frankenstank oh I had no idea. I will need to read up. I have 5 different ones that are all separated, however was going to pot them together once I finished painting a pot for them. Now I don't know what to do! Thanks for the tip!😊
Yeah me too. I received a pair of lithops a few months ago. I potted them up and didn't water them but a few weeks later they rotted. I finally figured out it was because the soil was slightly damp from being in the bag, even though it's cactus soil and I amended it with pumice. Even the littlest moisture can rot these guys quickly. My new pair I made sure the soil was bone dry and haven't watered them yet and they are doing great.
@alovealoe I used cactus mix and put in a ton of perlite and some gravel. I let the pot of soil sit out in the sun all day to make sure it was dry before I potted them. The roots were so tangled though I couldn't separate them. Were you able to?
That's good what you did with the soil. I always cut the last inch or so of the roots off when I get new plants. I read somewhere that this helps the plants adjust to the new soil and encourages root growth.
@alovealoe I think even if I cut them they would still be tangled. I'm thinking about going back to get a couple more and I might try to separate them again. I just don't want to hurt their roots. They were smushed together in a tiny cup.