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    Hey Sean, I've got some of the Pseudolithos they really are some of my faves!
    P. cubiformis
    P. dodsoniana
    P. migiurtiunus (mine is tall and egg shaped kind of like the egg cases in the movie Alien)

    How are you doing with yours? What's your setup/care regimen? People say that they are easy to kill and hard to keep long term.

    Mine are planted in fired clay grit & cherrystone grit 50/50 and the ones that came potted are in just lava rock and/or pumice. I water once a week (saturdays) but the guy who sold me the cubiformis said once they turn all green and are in growing mode (not brown & dormant) I can water even more but I'm a bit afraid to turn them into slime (which supposedly can happen with too little water as well). Sure are cool though!

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    I have my Pseudolithos in either 1:1 pumice/sand, pure sand, lava rock (pea-small grape size), pure crushed coral, java rock/sand. All of the mixtures have a bit of crushed coral. Personally I like java rock/sand. They are more difficult to look after but I think worth it, my father has at least several ten year old plants. I use DI/RO water, they are grown in a green house. I think that soil is key, something that retains water and stays dry enough even with excess water. I have yet to get seed, but know people who have, maybe I don't have the right pollinator.
    Preparation and Reactivity of the Heterobimetallic ReIr Face-shared Bioctahedral Compounds Cp*Ir(μ-Cl)3Re(CO)3 and Cp*Ir(μ-SC6H4Me-4)3Re(CO)3: X-ray Diffraction Structures and Redox Behavior Polyhedron Volume 28, Issue 11, 6 July 2009, Pages 2294-2300 . Casey Hammons, X. Wang, M. G. Richmond

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    Thanks for the input. I'd been thinking about crushed coral and oyster shell, but wasn't sure if it would have unacceptable levels of sodium. Though I've read that some people water certain Lithops species with brackish water every so often...?

    I'd been thinking about Pseudolithos flowers and difficulty of obtaining seed (not that mine are anywhere near flowering size) and wondering if one couldn't use a fine long haired paintbrush to do pollen transfers? I've not seen the blooms in person so for now, I'm just dreaming about it.

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    My Ariocarpus hintonni is probably my favorite amongst my collection. It's a peculiar one with some beautiful flowers.

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