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    Hey all,
    I recently picked up two lithops at Lowes. Anyway I have a question, is the pre-made cactus soil good to use for lithops?

    Also when can you replant these guys?

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    Man you know I had terible luck with lithops .. I blame it on where I live! Theres way too much humidity in Florida!:/

    In anycase they need a light soil that drains well, so the standard cactus mix should work... you might want to add a little extra perlite to the mix.
    Pretty much everywhere I read it said the more neglect they get, the beter they do. Dont water too often that'll kill them.


    Good luck!

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    Hi:

    I have managed to keep 10 named varieties of lithops going since July. They've been watered every week and are blooming in my west facing livingroom windowsill.

    I just ordered 60+ unnamed Lithops on ebay for $24 + $5 shipping. Will have fun with trying to figure out their names. I am going to create a spiral shape in a planter with these plants.

    I use 1/2 cactus mix and 1/2 pumice in my mixture. Got the pumice off ebay too.

    Let me know if you have more questions. I should have my Lithops book back next week from a friend.
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    alright thanks u guys.

    now when do i replant these guys?

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    If you are looking for a good book to help to identify them this (in my opinion) is the one - and is not too expensive.
    Hammer, Steven & Barnhill, Chris. Lithops, Treasures of the Veld. British Cactus and Succulent Society, 1999.

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    ok...when can replant these guys?

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    A good time is during winter when the new leaves are emerging. They receive VERY little water at this time and should receive no water for a week or two after transplanting. As far as transplanting due to size, that is up to you. They can live very well in crowded situations. I like mine to have a little space.

    I am trying these from seed right now. I had about a 50% germination rate and then some die off. In the end a little 30% are up from the seed and doing well. They have been going for about five months. Growth is very slow.
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    So it is alright to repot the plant now?

    wat about watering?

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