Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Can these Lithops be saved?

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Oct 23, 2015 12:57 PM CST
Got them for free, they are wrinkled throughout the body and dry. I'm not sure if they were under or over watered. I planted in cacti soil, soaked for an hour, then replanted in dry soil. They are under grow lights and kept warm. Any hope for them?
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Name: Ruud
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RuuddeBlock
Oct 23, 2015 1:50 PM CST
If they are 'just' very dried out, you did the right thing and, if there is any life left, they might survive (it is incredible how much draught they can survive). However, if prior to the dry period they were already rotten you can totally forget it: dead is dead. And alas, I cannot tell from a pic what is right.

Ruud
Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 23, 2015 2:12 PM CST
Agree with Ruud..it really looks dicey..but you can certainly try. But I would really make that media much grittier than that, virtually like planted on rocks and stones, if it were mine. Though I have no good track record with lithops sadly, have attempted them twice and always it is after the overwintering stage that I fail big time.
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Oct 23, 2015 2:23 PM CST
It is tough to tell, to dry they wrinkle, overwatering causes rot and wrinkles. They have long roots that were very dry if that helps.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Oct 23, 2015 2:31 PM CST
Just observe it as it goes and make that container smaller. Typically at this time of the year, these succulents are in bud or doing a blooming show.
Name: Ruud
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RuuddeBlock
Oct 23, 2015 2:37 PM CST
At this moment wait and see. If they are alive heed the warnings above: smaller pot and more stone.

In the past I had many dead (rotting) Lithops at hand as well. Now I do not water for some 7 (winter)months per year. They seem to like it, they even flower! In the watering months watering means a few drops a week, not more!

Ruud
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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Oct 29, 2015 10:28 PM CST
Keith, let us know if you have any updates
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Oct 29, 2015 10:35 PM CST
DogsNDaylilies said:Keith, let us know if you have any updates


They are hard and dry I wonder if there is life?
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tarev
Oct 30, 2015 9:11 AM CST
What is the color, is it staying green?? As long as it is not going brittle brown or going mushy there is hope..good luck!
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Oct 30, 2015 10:01 AM CST
They are brittle brown
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Nov 23, 2015 8:30 AM CST
Any sign of life at this point?
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Nov 23, 2015 6:51 PM CST
purpleinopp said:Any sign of life at this point?


No they died, not sure if it was too little or too much water, probably too much.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 23, 2015 7:45 PM CST
Aww..sorry to hear that Keith..I almost bought another one yesterday, just have to really hold back and stay away from it Smiling I know this is not the proper timing for me to get one. Will wait again when temps are more stable and warm.
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purpleinopp
Nov 24, 2015 5:54 AM CST
Well shoot, that's not a good update, but TY for it.
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DogsNDaylilies
Nov 25, 2015 9:33 AM CST
keithp2012 said:

No they died, not sure if it was too little or too much water, probably too much.


Aw, I'm so sorry to hear that. Sad
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
Nov 26, 2015 4:18 PM CST
DogsNDaylilies said:

Aw, I'm so sorry to hear that. Sad


They weren't looking good when I got them, apparently they are hard to save when they reach a certain point.

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