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by iann
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Gardeners' World grit
Replies: 14
Views: 371

Re: Gardeners' World grit

Just as a caveat: Lithops don't much care about limestone. They certainly don't need it, but also don't seem to suffer when growing in it. Some of them are found on calcareous substrates, most aren't. Possibly they grow so slowly that the substrate makes little difference. "Limestone" for ...
by iann
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Winter losses or damage
Replies: 19
Views: 638

Re: Winter losses or damage

Winter losses are rare, usually only a few plants that I deliberately expose to dubious temperatures. Even then I lose very few. Of course who knows if the summer losses were due to losing the roots over winter?
by iann
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Gardeners' World grit
Replies: 14
Views: 371

Re: Gardeners' World grit

Granite, flint, quartz, its all pretty inert stuff. Usually depends what is available locally. Up here it is quartz. Just avoid limestone and all its variants, such as marble, chalk, or oyster shell. You can always test a small sample in vinegar, any noticeable fizzing is a bad sign (unless you're t...
by iann
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: How to grow Muiria hortenseae & Didymaotus lapidiformis?
Replies: 14
Views: 546

Re: How to grow Muiria hortenseae & Didymaotus lapidiformis?

Muiria from seed isn't hard, so don't be afraid to start. They get more touchy as they approach flowering size. You'll have to tread a fine line of keeping them nicely plump in the growing season without drowning or bursting them, and letting the skins dry out in summer without killing the whole pla...
by iann
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Lithops, growing them hard.
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Lithops, growing them hard.

After a week there is probably still some moisture in the soil. Are they exposed enough to get any dew? Or maybe just the outside looks wrinkly but there's lots of water left inside.
by iann
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Chinese dish
Replies: 8
Views: 679

Re: Chinese dish

Salty?
by iann
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: seedling watering quesition
Replies: 11
Views: 573

Re: seedling watering quesition

1cmx1cm pots will dry out very quick. Even 2cmx2cm is pretty small. I don't know just how big the seedlings are, but if they've been out of bags for a couple of months then I'd think they should be dried-out more often than wet. Tough to manage with very tiny pots though, maybe stand them in water f...
by iann
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: seedling watering quesition
Replies: 11
Views: 573

Re: seedling watering quesition

What are you growing? You're in Israel! Wouldn't they be dry after two days even without the lights? Even in England it is common to sow cactus seed sealed up under plastic so that they don't dry out for many many weeks. Cactus seed really needs to stay moist (not wet) for a good long while. Go easy...
by iann
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Lithops francisci?
Replies: 6
Views: 711

Re: Lithops francisci?

L. francisci flowers are quite small. The long stem could be from being so late in the season.
by iann
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Lithops watering needs.
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: Lithops watering needs.

In South Africa, you may want to check with some local growers or look at southern hemisphere sources. Here in the cold white north (that being fog) we generally provide zero winter water for any Lithops as being the only sensible approximation to how little any of them need in the dull humid condit...

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