My First Lithops

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My First Lithops

Post Number:#1  Postby Gee.S » Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:54 pm

Could use some basic care tips...

Water in summer, dry in winter?
Can I leave outside in winter?
Sun/shade?

If I can keep it alive for a year, I'll consider this a success, but right now I'm concerned about the first week.
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Re: My First Lithops

Post Number:#2  Postby mcvansoest » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:12 pm

I water it with my other plants - about once a week in summer and once a month in winter.

Fast draining soil - I keep mine mostly in the shade - some morning sun - more bright light in winter.
I have always kept mine outside in winter, but they live on my patio so have that as cover.

I have had good success with some while others have been gone in under a month or two. I also have had a several attacked by different critter - last year something dug several of them up, but did not eat them... but damaged them enough to kill them. This year some have been pecked at by a bird or birds as far as I can determine...

I like them a lot, if I had more time I probably try and grow many more of them, but for now I just pick them up if I see them for sale at the BB stores.

I have found some scanned older literature on a French cactus and succulent website, here is a link to the PDFs in my Dropbox:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/55mlr5330ma5 ... jkLua?dl=0
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Re: My First Lithops

Post Number:#3  Postby Gee.S » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:27 pm

Thank you good sir, very helpful. There is a cactus nursery in Clarkdale that has quite a few varieties, all at about $4 each. Absolutely shocking what this little cactus nursery stocks. Well worth a stop next time you're anywhere near the area.
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Re: My First Lithops

Post Number:#4  Postby Gee.S » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:19 pm

Here is a photo, I believe the blemish is a result of my mishandling, along with a few other goodies I just picked up.

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Obregonia denegrii aka Agave Cactus
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Mammillaria marksiana
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Looks like Mammillaria plumosa, but I wonder if head is too large (a little larger than a tennis ball)
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Re: My First Lithops

Post Number:#5  Postby mcvansoest » Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:29 pm

Nice!

That Plumosa is pretty big, but I have some heads in my clump that are pretty close to a tennis ball in size. Surprised it is that big without being a bigger clump, maybe it was split not that long ago.
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