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Julii ‘Peppermint Creme’ – Day 26

Hi Guys!

So sorry I missed my Sunday Post.  My dog hurt his paw and I ended up spending all day Sunday in the emergency vet clinic.  He is going to be okay, but now he has to wear a silly cone on his head to stop him from licking his foot.  He isn’t too happy about it 😦

Anyway, about our little ‘Peppermint Cremes’.  We are on day 26 and to be honest, I’m not happy with their growth.  They are spindly and weak.  If you recall, these seedlings are outside under natural light conditions.  I don’t think it’s enough.  I’ve purchased a grow light (to be delivered soon) to hopefully fatten them up.  I have *always* grown my seedlings under lights and had great success so hopefully we can turn these little guys around.

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The light I purchased is a bit of an experiment.  I ordered this one… Plant Light .  I have not tried LED before but people seem to like them.  If it works well, I will be purchasing the bigger flood lights from this company for my winter set up 🙂

Step-by-Step

No step-by-step this week as I haven’t technically done anything with our seedlings other then mist them daily!

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2017 in Julii, Step-by-Step

 

Julii ‘Peppermint Creme’ – Day 19

19 days old!!!

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Step-by-Step

I moved all the Lithops, including our little ‘Peppermint Cremes’, outside.  They are on a covered deck but get south/east sunlight filtered through the leaves of some taller trees.  They seem to be handling the transition well.

I have removed the plastic cover.  The seedlings need to be misted a few times a day to ensure they don’t dry out.  Once a week, I set them in a sink full of water, almost up to the rim of the pot, and let the soil media soak up the moisture through the bottom and sides of the pot.  This week, I added a tiny amount of general purpose plant fertilizer to the weekly soak water.  This is the period where they need a lot of care.  Once they get their first true leaves, we will be able to relax a bit 🙂

I don’t water seedlings from above, always from the bottom.  The young Lithops are too sensitive to be watered from above.  It is okay to mist them lightly, but when you give them a good drink, let them pull it up from the bottom of the pot.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2017 in Julii, Step-by-Step

 

Julii ‘Peppermint Creme’ – Day 12

12 days old!  They are getting big!

They are a little spindly looking for my taste so I think I’m going to put them under plant lights.  We have had a super rainy summer so I think they are not getting enough sunlight in the sun room.  Go figure!

Aren’t they adorable though?!  I will count them this week 🙂

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Step-by-Step

This week was another week where I just tried to leave them alone and let them grow.  Because my soil mix is so high in the pot, I had to trade out my plastic wrap top for a ziplock bag tent!  Haha!  I also let them go without a plastic cover for two of the warmest days last week – just trying to toughen them up a bit.  I did have to spritz them with water on those days as it evaporates much more quickly without the cover.

 

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2017 in Julii, Step-by-Step

 

Are You a Beginner?

I was just reading through the posts when I got to the most recent post about the 2014 Lesliei ‘Albinica’ plants.   If you are a beginner  (And we ALL were at one point), I highly recommend this variety as a GREAT beginner Lithops.  They truly are a hardy variety and forgiving of common beginner mistakes.  They are tolerant, grow into robust plants, divide easily, and are reliable bloomers.  What more can you ask?!  Check them out!  I think they are one of the prettiest Lithops too!  I love my ‘albinica’ 🙂

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

2014 Lesliei ‘Albinica’

A group of healthy, albeit tall, Albinica Lithops.  These poor souls were at the back of the shelf and found themselves reaching for the sun.

They are in good condition, however, and most have already divided.  I think I started with 5 in this pot…maybe 7.

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Posted by on July 12, 2017 in Lesliei Albinica