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    Hello,

    Hey, I bought 6 D. Dichrosepalas back in July, (I got 7 delivered to me, but now I have 4 after my cat pulled 3 out of their pot and swallowed them) but anyway ever since I opened their box and replanted them they've had no fresh leaves and they've been covered in white "hair". The ones I still have, have not changed in all this time. What I would like to know is, should I give up on them and throw them out and use their pot for another pygmy? or should I just be more patient and wait longer for the plants to come back to life? Thanx so much for the info, LA Traphole

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    Are they still green or just a tuft of stipules?
    Lithops care info: If you take care of it, it will die.

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    No they're not green at all. I'm not sure what stipules are but the plants do look very tuffty.

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    Stipules would be those hairs. Well, unless Tamlin comes and smacks me for being wrong on this, they're gone sadly. I had a similar experience when I forgot about some outside one day and went back to find nothing but a few brown lines and a ton of little hairy circles. Almost looks like they spontaneously combusted right?

    With my pot, basically if I touched any of the hairs, they moved away, almost looking like a type of seed I see so often floating through the sky. Usually they use those hairs to protect them against the sun and heat, reflecting some of it back, maybe it's a last ditch effort on their part?

    You don't necessarily have to give up, especially since this is only my opinion from a similar observance. Heck, my pot is still sitting there like that for three months now waiting. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
    Lithops care info: If you take care of it, it will die.

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    <<<>>> Hee hee ;-) Sorry to have been once again missing in action. This time it was the death of the hard drive (fortunately mirrored, when will I ever learn?) So, to the point! Most likely the plants have expired if there is no green visable, BUT I have had pots that I thought surely dead produce new plantletts, although not this species. I guess it all depends on how much free space you have as to whether you'll keep the pot and hope. I would wait. I am concerned that you mentioned transplanting them, this usually kills about 90% in the attempt They are best planted where they are going to remain.
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    Thanks for the help, I guess I'll keep the plants until it starts raining here, if they don't start sending out leaves by then I'll throw them out.

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    Hi all:

    Dichrosepala AND scorpioides are a real pain to maintain them alive. In most cases, they produce gemmae and then die!!. So i am not surprised that yours is giving you headaches Losangelestraphole.

    Agustin

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    Unhappy

    While we are on the subject, I am wondering if my 3 sundews have kicked the bucket as well. They are:
    nitidula x pulchella
    occidentalis ssp. occidentalis
    palacea ssp. roseana

    They are grown in individual pots and have been dormant since early July. I have kept them in the kitchen windowsill all summer and watered them maybe 1X or 2X per week. They baked in the afternoon sun. Anyway, the humidity hovered around 40-60% on average. They look the same as LA Traphole describes his plants.

    10 days ago, I placed them in one of my terrariums with a photoperiod of 12 hrs / day. Temps are 75 F day and high 60's at night. No sign of growth... now I begin to wonder... was I too hard on them during their dormancy and killed them? Also, How long does it take normally for these plants to 'come around' and start growing once conditions are suitable again??

    thanks,

    Homer

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