Those are fascinating little creatures. I bought about 20 of them a few months ago (dirt cheap!), and eventually I hope to have a collection like this guy has :-) Click on "Lithops House" and drool...
Say, what does it mean when they grow long "necks"? Too little light?
awesome collection but a little too much for me. lol. and yes long necks means they need more light. they need at least 4 hours of direct light everyday preferably in the morning and a little shade in taiwan's scorching afternoon sun.
Post by nepenthesfreak on Jun 27, 2007 0:20:14 GMT 7
Those are awesome, eriok! I especially like the green form and the red veined ones. Did you order them offline and if you did, where did you order them? I've seen them at wal-mart for something like a buck each, but they're poorly cared for just like all the other cacti there, the soil falls out like a brick. Wow, twoton, 50 cents each? That's CHEAP!
i got the big ones early last year at a garden center. payed about $6 bucks each (no casualties for a year cycle). the new ones (small ones) i just got recently online. oldmancactus and cactuslimon have good reputations selling them.
im growing them on a south facing windowsill and they are doin just fine. i think the key in growing them is watching them carefully with watering. i only water them heavily during spring and autumn and making sure that the media dries completely before watering again, i use a spray bottle to water them individually during summer when they are getting to wrinkly. and no water at all during winter.
here is a good tip for those who are trying to get lithops. 'living stone nursery' are selling flowering sized and clumps of lithops. its not on there website, but if you call and inquire about them you wont be disappointed. just ask them about the species you are interested in.
prices are 4-8 heads $10, 9-12 $15, some even larger clumps from $25 to $50.
they are a reputable nursery and will answer any cultivation question.