Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: lithops growth - going good or bad

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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 8, 2012 10:00 AM CST
I got this lithops in March this year..observing its growth..interesting to see how it has changed in about 2 months time:
Here is how it looked like when I first got it in 25 March 2012:


Then I re-potted it a couple of weeks later:
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I took this photo today 08May2012: I have noticed the exterior leaves are drying out but the middle leaves are getting taller, looks okay, but I am worried, is it beginning to decline?

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Anyone observed this in lithops that you care for? My lithops are in a west facing window that gets filtered to dappled light.

mocropot
May 8, 2012 7:05 PM CST
Tarev, I do not have an experience with lithops, but they are so cute.

highlandhermit
May 16, 2012 2:06 PM CST
i love lithops and last year decided to get some. spent a small fortune on a small selection to be sent to me. got them planted and looking good. but they got massacred by my then two year old son. he pulled each of the lithops up out of the bowl and just mangled them by squashing, stomping or just breaking them up.

Name: tarev
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tarev
May 16, 2012 2:53 PM CST
Ohh..that's awful! Blinking

highlandhermit
May 16, 2012 3:46 PM CST
yeah i wasnt very happy. i might get one or two plants i really like, this time and just keep them in a normal pot in the kitchen with the rest of my plants. the kitchen and the spare room is the only safe haven for my plants.

drewtoby
May 22, 2012 10:58 AM CST
I never cared for one of these, but I do know Echeveria will grow like that with too little or too much sun. I would try placing it in a southern window or placing it outside for full sun during the day and see if that helps. Also, if the leaves are drying out you might want to dribble a little water on it every now and then: our jades love this (came from humid greenhouse)! Just don't do too much or else they will rot Crying . I would try to replicate the place you got it from's humidity and light too.

Hope this helps, as we don't know much about these plants Sad .
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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 22, 2012 11:33 AM CST
I have placed all my little succulents outdoors now..keeping fingers crossed that they will improve or get better in their growth habit! Thanks drewtoby! Have to let Nature take its course.. Big Grin I may have been babying them too much indoors Big Grin

Here they are now..

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frostfairy
Jun 16, 2012 10:43 AM CST
Hello, I am not an expert on Lithops, but I have read a good deal about them, and I remember reading that if they get too much water they will elongate. Could this be the problem? Also read that if you in doubt about watering DO NOT! They should not be watered at all during the summer--unless they are shrivelling and then MIST THEM. frostfairy
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 16, 2012 10:48 AM CST
Thanks frostfairy! I have since moved them outdoors to get more warmth..and have been very very careful not to water them. So far still alive..getting very toasty outdoors today here..going 104 later ugh!
Name: Lori Janeiro
Crescent City, California, 955 (Zone 8a)
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lorimar196011
Jun 17, 2012 8:58 AM CST
Hello Im new here Just want to say hello.
I read the lithop question, I collect too, fine specimens there, I see too much water, this make them grow up and out. Not enough sun will do this as well. These as you are aware are from deserts and they are used to being treated as rocks the name " Living Stones" however will adapt to your life style as well. I live on the coast and aside from a bit of winter cover from frost n rain, they are great. I have my baby toes that was wet for 2 or 3 months back in behind things , man I almost lost it. But is fine now. If you would like more info on these I can help, I have many of these. Also This plant drinks all year waiting for hibernation, the months of aug thru sept, its hibernating so water every two weeks or when you can see its all the way dry where soil pulls. If you give to much water as well the tops will crack and split causing scars to your babies....I think by looking your doing a great job. lithops are hard to care for, I lost many , however remember that less water for these is way better even if it hurts you.... hope I helped...Lori
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 17, 2012 7:38 PM CST
Thanks Lori! Indeed..it is hard to give this little ones not much water..so far it is getting all the sun it can have...my baby toes are pouting a bit too..but I think it has bounced back..really confusing at times with these succulents.... Big Grin
Name: Lori Janeiro
Crescent City, California, 955 (Zone 8a)
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lorimar196011
Jul 14, 2012 12:34 PM CST
Hi Tarev, was wondering how your lithops are now. I am about to go to garden now i havent been to green house in over a month, is lithop lane i call it.... Funi how we do our yards when we spend so many hours there, before was the darn yard n who wants to mow.... im not worinig anymore, lol... well just checkin in, i have peeked in and saw i have some things there in bloom, i will take some snaps , maybe you will see something u just gotta have and if i can i will surely send i love to share, ( i do sell but on ebay) i came here for real people.... so would be my gift.... I post some time this weekend or tonight the blooms, i have 2 i have never seen yet so.....have a wonderful day, n i will grab my snips.... Lori.... nodding nodding
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jul 14, 2012 4:07 PM CST
Hi Lori! My lithops seems doing okay for now..I guess the succulents are the ones having a heyday with our soaring heat. But today is nicer compared to a few days ago, bearable low 80's with nice Delta breeze. Will look forward to seeing your snaps! Green Grin!
Name: Pia-Louise
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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jan 1, 2013 9:39 AM CST
I got some Lithops seeds last summer, I am happy to report that one of them has finally cracked open and showed its first true leaves! Here's a few sneaky snaps of them this morning! They were inside on my kitchen windowsill but they are a bit too leggy for my liking so I am guessing that they are reaching for light! So out they go, and we'll see what happens! Smiling

Here they all are today.
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And here is my first true Lithops leaves! So cute!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 1, 2013 11:22 AM CST
Very interesting and very cool, Pia. nodding I have never grown them from seed like that. Thanks for the photos.
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Name: Pia-Louise
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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jan 1, 2013 11:59 AM CST
Planted them middle of August, here's them at the beginning, very very tiny so I had to tag them!


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SongofJoy
Jan 1, 2013 12:09 PM CST
So tiny! Lovey dubby
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tarev
Jan 1, 2013 6:08 PM CST
very cute and very tiny! Lovey dubby thanks for sharing Pia! Big Grin
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tarev
Jan 10, 2013 11:11 AM CST
My lithops are looking ghastly, like with crusty crunchy tops....not sure if this is normal winter temp adjustment while indoors. The body feels firm to touch, but it just looks so tired...compared to the the Split Rock which is just plump and keeps on splitting, I hope I have not over watered this one causing multiple splits Rolling my eyes.

Photos taken today 10Jan2013:
Lithops
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Split Rock
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With the Baby Toes:
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 10, 2013 12:08 PM CST
I think they are okay, tarev, especially if they are still firm.

Here are some of mine down in the garage right now.


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