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    I decided to toss some lithop seeds into a 1" terra cotta pot on my desk on friday. They're sitting about four inches underneath a 17w fluorescent 24" strip. This morning when I walked in, what do I see? I bunch of little lithops sprouted over the weekend. I really didn't think they germinated that fast, but i'm not gonna complain. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

    Any tips on keeping lithop babies alive?
    Lithops care info: If you take care of it, it will die.

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    Don't overwater them. I actually overwatered some seedlings simply by following the standard directions of misting every two weeks. I am not sure how much water they need as seedlings, but it doesn't appear to be much. As long as you can take care of getting them light, they don't need much else.
    They grow very slowly though.

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    That works well, i'm sure the heating vent above my head will help to keep them dryer. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Btw, they all start off looking the same like everything else, right?
    Lithops care info: If you take care of it, it will die.

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    Good luck with them - even though I don't know what they are - What exactly do they look like?
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    In my experience, they started off looking like a green piece of gravel. After almost a year, they're still very similar. Just small little round rocklike things, although slightly different colored now. They haven't got the split down the center yet.
    If they came up that quickly, they're definitely the lithops seedlings. They seem like very easy plants from seed, if only it wasn't so slow growing them.

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    Yeah, there's no split, but there is a little indent, so I guess there would be one if it was 1000x or so. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] They seem to be doing alright. Right now some are pretty easy to see, they seemed to clear the sand that I put on top. Wish I had a camera so I could post them.

    Lil Flytrap,
    Lithops are succulants that have adapted so much throughout the ages to conserve moisture that they only consist of a tap root and two leaves. In nature (or when they're healthy [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] ), they look like rocks on the ground. So much that animals often pass them by because of it.

    Here, check out this pick Lil Flytrap, it'll give you a better idea. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Cool lithop rock garden
    Lithops care info: If you take care of it, it will die.

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    They are very sensitive to repotting for the first half a year (I know from experience [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] ) so don't move them! Also they have variable sprout times, you just got the quick ones. Don't be surprised if more sprout up in a few weeks to the next few months. When misting, the sand will sometimes start to stick to one another and knock a seedling over, just gently put it back upright with a toothpick if you prefer. After they're a bit established, about the size of this: "o" you can begin to bottom or side water a bit, though it still likes some top misting. I have mine in a bonsai pot and tray and bottom water, only misting every 2 weeks [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    I also germinated a few from seed a year or so back. Now they're the size of an "O" on the keyboard and have split for the first time a few months ago. I followed the instructions to avoid watering during the winter and noticed they were shriveling. It got to the point where I figured I was doing something wrong and decided to water them anyway - because they were almost dead. The next day they had miraculously perked up, and three weeks later had split and grown by 200%. They will look almost exactly the same for at least 8 months...then you may begin to see different shapes, colors and patterns. So, if something seems wrong, try doing exactly the opposite! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    Cool! I have a Stone Plant that is a pale green and it has lots of big blobs on it - looking like round stones! It is very small however! Where can I get Lithop seeds?
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