Living Stones/Linthops / Succulents

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    @pete :wow: they are GAWJUS .... gawd if thats the result of your first attempt at growing them from seed :love30:
     
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    Thats my only attempt, about 20yrs ago, they still live on, I keep a few going.
    They are easy from seed, just slow, which means you need to be determined.
     
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      :) Well no one can say that wasn't good value for money packet of seeds then Pete :heehee: .....Im very tempted to try them :thumbsup:
       
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        Mine have just flowered but are all yellow.
         
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          I just ordered some bits and bobs from this place Simply succulents

          I was impressed with the delivery (3 days to my office) and especially with the condition of the plants. They practically crawled out of their very sturdy box and the portulaca has flower buds which didn't fall off :)

          They don't seem to have the real living stones in stock but perhaps they might consider getting some? Apparently its a small business owned by a real person i.e. not a chain which is always nice.
           
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            There is a good seeds supply in German: koehres kakteen. ordered from them. Very good quality seeds, and too many different varieties.
             
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              If you have an interest in Lithops, the MSG is definitely worth joining.
              They publish 4 journals a year, with many articles on Lithops
              And there is a comprehensive seed list in February, once again, with many Lithops seeds listed

              Mesemb Study Group
               
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                @ricky101 this is turning out to be a great thread :thankyou: for starting it :dbgrtmb: and to the
                GC members for all their info and pics- im really enjoying reading the posts :ThankYou:
                 
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                I love Lithops. Used to have hundreds at one point. (Lost a lot due to an unfortunate mealy bug infestation)
                You can have 10 of 1 species and they all look different
                 
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                  Hi,

                  Little update....

                  The seeds arrived in 3 days from Sunny Plants Holland, as you can see perfectly packed and labelled etc.

                  Was going to try sowing half now and leave half till spring, but the Lithops seeds so fine I could not easily separate them, so had to sow the whole packet, though only 20 seeds.

                  Managed to sow just half of the cacti mix.

                  Tried PAULB3s * method of using just perlite and water method sowing them last Friday and today noticed, with the aid of a magnifier, that some of the Lithops had actually germinated, surface sown, though you cannot really make them out in the pic.

                  Also in the same propagator, taken at the same time, are some fuchsia cuttings which also seem to be doing well in this perlite method.

                  Still plenty of colour in the unheated part of the greenhouse from the Fuchsias; Velevet Crush and the trailing Golden Marinka shown below.

                  ( ps how do you get the blue "@PaulB3" when replying ? )

                  * Germination

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                    Hi Ricky101 ; pleased you're having success with the germination method . Keep all seedlings light and well ventilated but fairly warm . Don't worry about any green algal deposits which may develop on the perlite surface ; this is inevitable when pots are permanently damp . Thinking back , we grew all manner of 'goodies' in this way , including 'delicacies' like Blossfeldia , Aztekium , Strombocactus and even Copiapoa .
                    PS . I use Firefox on my PC ; the blue colouration is my choice through a brilliant Add-on called 'No Squint' . You can customise your PC screen to any magnification/colour you require . Combined with the dark-screen of Lavafox V2 Green (in appearances) on Firefox , the effect is quite good (pale-blue on black background) . Speak to you soon !
                     
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                      Was in a garden center earlier and surprised to see a tray of Lithops and at just £1.50 each so selected one of the three varieties they had, though not sure what the one on the right is . :)

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                      • pete

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                        Looks like Titanopsis.:smile:
                         
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                          Pete is 'spot on' with the Titanopsis ID ; the top left looks more like a Conophytum than a Lithops ! Good price though , all the same .
                           
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                            thanks guys, livin' and learin',... still !:)
                             
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