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    My lithops is all wrinkly looking and it's had plenty of water and it just won't drink. What's wrong with it?
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    Poke it gently. If it's squishy, then it's rotted from too much water and is collapsing on the inside. If it's still firm, then make sure you're watering it from the bottom up, the roots are often very long. Overall though, it's best not to water them too much.
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    Uh oh...it's quishy...does that mean my lithops is gonna die. It has gotten a lot of water lately from the rain. I hope it doesn't die.
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    A healthy Lithops should have the feeling of a grape soft, yet firm. If it is like a rotten fruit squishy then yes, it is rotting and is probably too late. You may try emptying the pot (if it is individually potted) and let it dry out, plant and soil.

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    It just started raining really hard and it got the full blast >.<. I'll start planning the funeral.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]it's had plenty of water and it just won't drink
    There be your mistake I'm afraid. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

    Lithops need VERY little water or they rot.
    When I HAD a lithops garden, before Ollie tore it up, I almost never watered mine. I misted them from time to time and rarely lightly watered.

    Its a common mistake for people to overwater lithops.



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    I didn't overwater it. I just let it get too much rain. Do you think I could stop the rotting by keeping it mega dry?
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    Watering, rain, it's all the same thing to the lithop. You could try pulling it out of its soil gently and drying it, or just put it in a bag with some dry sand. But at this stage there may not be anything left to salvage...you'll find out when you dig it up. Good luck, I hope it's still okay.
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