Giving UP

24 Nov

Hey Guys,

It’s with a heavy a heart that I report I am thinking of giving up on our little “Peppermint Creme” seedlings.  They simply aren’t doing anything.  They aren’t growing and they aren’t dying…they are in Lithops Limbo.  Not a nice place to be.

I don’t intend to cull these seedlings, but simply hope to start a fresh pot that we can follow.  Is it possible that the “Peppermint Creme” seedlings were duds from the start?  Is my new house too cold, too dark, do I have funny water?  I am at a loss; I have not had difficulty growing Lithops from seed in the past.


Posted by on November 24, 2017 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Giving UP

  1. John Wylie

    November 25, 2017 at 3:14 am

    It does seem odd that a batch of seedlings would end up all just sitting there and not able to grow. You’d expect some variation if it was a genetic defect in some of the seeds. Is there anything drastically different that you did with these ones? And do you have an older batch of seeds of another variety that you know have grown well, so that you might start those and see if you have the same problem? It does seem like it might be something environmental especially if your lighting, water, etc.has changed.

    • bonseyes

      November 25, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Yes, everything has changed. Absolutely nothing is the same. I am in a new house in a new town. My water is now from a well and my heat is expensive so I keep it low (18 degrees) and burn wood when I need it a bit warmer. I have floor to ceiling windows but live in a forest so light is filtered at best. Previously, I was in a city with city water and cheap heat and my south facing windows brought in a lot of light. Everything is different :/

      • John Wylie

        November 25, 2017 at 11:05 pm

        I suspect the well water might be problematic. I’ve grown Lithops and other cacti successfully under the Sunblaster T5 bulbs that Lee Valley and a few other stores sell so the lack of light could be taken care of. If the cool temperatures continue to be a problem you could always try one of the heating pads that are designed to go under trays of seeds. That might be enough to keep them warm enough. But the well water could be the challenging one to deal with. In Manitoba, where I am, almost all well hard is very hard and Lithops may not appreciate that much. And softening the water might just trade one water issue for another. Have you ever had your water tested, so you know exactly what you’re dealing with?

  2. bittster

    November 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I would guess the temperature is your number one thing holding the seedlings back. If you do try a new batch wait till things start to warm up, like you said you’ve never had any problems so I suspect they’re just waiting for more promising weather before they grow. Actually at this time of year I feel the same way.
    Congrats on the new house! No sun and a fireplace sounds like a good reason to cut down some trees… You need to be cozy, and right now it just sounds cold and gloomy -which is how I feel about November in general!


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