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    hello folks...

    I repotted my lithops last week, and I planted them in a deep saucer without any drainage holes at the bottom. Could that be a potential problem? I planted them in 50 peat/50 soil, and covered the soil with mini pebbles. It looks swell, but I think I planted them in something I shouldn't have. Also, I am now realizing, watering could be a challenge. I have no idea if I am watering to liitle or too much! All I see is pebbles and lithops! Can anyone make any recommendations?

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    Meagan

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    Megan,

    You should put it in something else. Something like the cactus mix you can find at walmart or other garden centers. The peat/soil is too rich for the roots and will eventually kill the plant [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    So get some very poor almost rocky/sandy mix to put it in. We used sand,perlite, and a TAD of peat for some color [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] but very little.

    Only watered it once every 10 days to 2 weeks letting it totally drain within minutes.
    Phillip J. Crane
    Austin, TX

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    I recommend contacting the nursery, "Plants for the Southwest", Jane and Gene are very helpful plant people.

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    you MUST have drainage holes at the bottom and a well-drained gritty mix. also, DO NOT WATER AT ALL FROM OCTOBER TO APRIL!! only start watering when the old leaves have withered away and the new leaves are formed.
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    Sarracenia rosea?...don't be ridiculous!

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