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Inventory of Adult Lithops

06 Sep

Tonight, I brought the adult Lithops inside and catalogued them before putting them under lights for the winter.  I thought I’d share!  I feel blessed to have such an amazing collection.  I can’t wait to add our ‘Peppermint Cremes’ to the roster 🙂

Aucampiae1Aucampiae2DorotheaeFulvicepsVallisMarieLeslieiAlbinicalavaflowKarasmontana Smokey Peach.JPGJulli Fulleri RouxiiHallii2HalliiFulvicepsOlivacea

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5 responses to “Inventory of Adult Lithops

  1. Roger

    September 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Very nice and healthy looking plants,nice job.
    You certainly are meeting there needs.
    May I ask what substrate mix you use ?
    Thank you
    Roger

     
    • bonseyes

      September 7, 2017 at 1:24 am

      Thanks Roger! And welcome to the blog!

      Currently, I use the following substrate with my adult lithops…

      1 part clay gravel
      1 part volcanic soil
      1 part washed river rocks
      1 part pumice

      Most of the materials were sourced from an aquarium store that supplies freshwater systems using live plants. For the seedlings, I add cactus soil which is one of the reasons I think the new batch of seedlings aren’t doing as well; I used to use 50% cactus soil and they seemed to do better then with the 20% I used this time. The top layer of all my pots is pure pumice, maybe 1/2 cm deep. I find that if the Lithops rot, they rot at the soil surface, so I like to keep that super well draining.

      The best substrate I ever used, while controversial, was a course bonsai mix. I got a lot of push back from many experts because the mix contained some bark chips and other organics. My Lithops thrived in it! If it was easier to source, I would continue to use that exclusively. Unfortunately, I had to ship it in and the cost was not practical. It is the same with the pumice. I have to ship it in so I mix it to make it go further and last longer :/

       
    • bonseyes

      September 7, 2017 at 1:36 am

      I found the post about the bonsai mix. It was 1/3 turface, 1/3 crushed quartzite, and 1/3 bark chips. I would buy it again in a heart beat if I could.

       
  2. Roger

    September 7, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Thanks for sharing that.Im re-working my mix As I have been experiencing some sudden deaths with some of my plants.
    I have many plants in large pots.I will be putting together a mix and moveing all plants onto small single pots.
    Seems most of the experts recommend doing just that.
    Thanks for your blog,it’s very helpful.

     
    • bonseyes

      September 7, 2017 at 2:40 am

      You are welcome. I am glad you find it useful.

      If you are losing aucampaie, don’t worry too much. They seem to just randomly implode for no apparent reason once they reach adulthood (at least, I haven’t figured it out yet). I have three pots of aucampaie but lost many along the way.

      I also downsized my pots. It’s a good plan 🙂

       

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