|"Livingstones, I presume"
Welcome all, to my page of little stone-like plants and various other interesting and obscure creations that I shall be attempting to grow.
Location: Gauteng, South Africa. Years experience: 0.3
| Lithops Hallii var. Salieda seedlings. 5 Nov 2016 (so far so good, approx. 1 month old and still tiny)
|What I have picked up so far:
- E-bay sells cheap dodgy seeds, anything goes.
- Silverhill seeds or other professional seed sites are a much better choice.
- NB1: Mix well-draining substrate of river sand, perlite, fine gravel and just a little soil.
- NB2: Seedlings up to about a year require fairly moist substrate, while adult plants must only be watered every few weeks / months or they will swell and burst.
- Sprinkle seeds carefully onto substrate and perhaps sprinkle a little fine sand over, hardly covering them.
- Water with fine mist spray from above, and put pot into a container of water to soak from the bottom, until substrate is moist through.
- Leave in high light area, for me, north-facing window (southern hemisphere) without direct sun.
- I started in October (spring) but apparently it is better to plant in March or April.
- The seedlings started appearing a few days later, though some only emerged weeks later.
- I have been keeping the soil moist with mist-spray twice a day and a weekly soaking from the bottom up.
- Seedlings are now 4 weeks young and I have just put them outside under shade cloth (40% blockage factor, but folded double above the seeds to protect from hottest part of the day). Hopefully they get used to increased light levels and don't shrivel up.
| Lithops Dorothea seedling. 15 Oct 2016 (approx. 2 weeks old and tiny).
- Lithops helmutii var helmutii
- Lithops lesliei ssp lesliei var stormsalbinigold
- Lithops pseudotruncatella ssp groendrayensis
- Lithops villetii ssp villetii
- Conophytum minutum
- Conophytum uviforme
- Didymaotus lapidiformis
- Lithops doretheae
- Lithops hallii var salicola
- Lithops hookeri mixed forms
| Nicely packaged seeds from Silverhill seeds, arrived eventually.
| Conophytum uviforme seedlings. 5 Nov 2016 (approx. 4 weeks old and really tiny).
| Conophytum uviforme seedlings close-up. 5 Nov 2016 (approx. 4 weeks old and surprisingly bigger thanks to optical magnification).
|My choice potting materials for seeds and probably adults too...
Substrate must have good drainage facilities.
Secret formula for substrate:
- 2 parts river sand
- 2 parts perlite
- 1 part bonsai gravel
- 1 part cactus soil mix
- 1/2 part filter coffee grounds (helps the Lithops stay awake)
- 1/2 part carbon (fish pond filter) pieces (anti-fungal idea)
- small handful of diamonds (optional)
Conophytum minutum leaves emerging. 15 Dec 2016
Leslii January 2017
Helmutti January 2017
Unknown speciman emerging.... January 2017. Update: It is a Haworthia Truncata var. Truncata