- Apr 11, 2013
One of my Lithops decided it wants to flower. There's one now and another on the other way:
Beautiful! L. aucampiae I presume? All but my L. salicola rotted this summer. I decided to chance not moving them in from the rain, since last year I was doing it multiple times a week and it became wayyy too labor-intensive.
Nice looking flowers. Does this picture show color pretty accurately? Specifically the pink at the outside.
Yes, but it depends how far up into the vascular system the pathogen traveled. If it got to the meristem (it's very tiny, center of the plant) you're screwed. I have saved ~2 before. Otherwise, I like Dip N Grow, not for any rooting potential whatsoever, but because the solvent is ethanol, which is a great sterilant. First step is getting it sterile, then just leave it completely dry and see what happens. I like to blot off every last iota of water before I bury the plant, even in dry media.
I just got my very first Lithops today! Unfortunately it's not in bloom, but hopefully it will be soon
Gorgeous! I would get it immediately out of that peaty media and into a coarse mesemb mix. Wash every bit of the organic matter off the roots and everything.
Sand, perlite, permatill, turface, and crushed gravel are all good things to blend into a suitable mix. That peat mix will murder it quicker than anything you could ever do to it.