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Posted 01 January 2008 - 03:34 PM

I just bought some seeds online. Any advice on how to grow lithops from seeds? Anyone tried before?
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Posted 24 January 2008 - 03:06 AM

I planted my seeds on 2 Jan, and now they had sprouted!
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Anyone had experience in growing lithops from seeds? I'm constantly woried how much water I should give them
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Posted 24 January 2008 - 10:08 AM

I am growing them from seeds too and they are just so SLOW growing... need lots of patience :P/>
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Posted 24 January 2008 - 10:36 AM

View Postacc, on Jan 24 2008, 10:08 AM, said:

I am growing them from seeds too and they are just so SLOW growing... need lots of patience :P/>


How much water do I give them?
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Posted 24 January 2008 - 02:03 PM

Dear "redstone" and "acc";

Kindly please tell me where you bought those assorted Lithop seeds.
I'd like to try to grow Lithops from seeds.
Please suggest me, thanks a lot for helping.

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 07:23 PM

View PostOpus, on Jan 24 2008, 02:03 PM, said:

Dear "redstone" and "acc";

Kindly please tell me where you bought those assorted Lithop seeds.
I'd like to try to grow Lithops from seeds.
Please suggest me, thanks a lot for helping.



Hi, I brought them from Ebay. There's this person (a company actually) which sells seeds, not only succulents, but other plants as well. ;)/>
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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:29 AM

View Postredstone, on Jan 24 2008, 08:23 PM, said:

Hi, I brought them from Ebay. There's this person (a company actually) which sells seeds, not only succulents, but other plants as well. ;)/>


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Posted 06 February 2008 - 02:31 PM

Anyone there? :huh:/>
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Posted 09 July 2008 - 05:06 PM

So far all of my lithops had failed. Some didn't even sprout.
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Posted 09 July 2008 - 05:42 PM

View Postredstone, on Jul 9 2008, 05:06 PM, said:

So far all of my lithops had failed. Some didn't even sprout.


I bought my lithops seed from MesaGarden. The sprout rate is good, I think, about 1/3 will sprout. But I don't have patience with them, thus they all dry out. ^_^/> .

Thought of starting another round of lithops seed :rolleyes:/>
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Posted 09 July 2008 - 06:17 PM

i got my seed from Whatcom, managed to get some of them germinate but seem like some of them will dry up whenever i water them so leaving them alone =)

There was a MO, but it is closed now.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 10:58 PM

View PostExia, on Jul 9 2008, 06:17 PM, said:

i got my seed from Whatcom, managed to get some of them germinate but seem like some of them will dry up whenever i water them so leaving them alone =)

There was a MO, but it is closed now.


I got it from them too. Yea, mine either all rotted or dried up. :(/>

How do I water them properly?
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Posted 11 July 2008 - 01:20 PM

redstone,

I also grew lithops from seeds and they all died too. The last surviving one got killed by my hb washing his car... :\ I think the main point is, when they are young and first germinated, they can take water every day especially if you give them good amount of sun. Once older, like few months down the road, better withhold the watering. The seeds germinated at different time point, sometimes many weeks after sowing so what I did is after the ones germinated grow to a certain size, I'll move them to a drier pot. Most importantly, media must be very porous and allow water to flow out easily. Cannot be too soggy. I'm going to try and start them from seeds again. This time I'm going to add lots of sand.
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 07:24 PM

View PostMejo, on Jul 11 2008, 01:20 PM, said:

redstone,

I also grew lithops from seeds and they all died too. The last surviving one got killed by my hb washing his car... :\ I think the main point is, when they are young and first germinated, they can take water every day especially if you give them good amount of sun. Once older, like few months down the road, better withhold the watering. The seeds germinated at different time point, sometimes many weeks after sowing so what I did is after the ones germinated grow to a certain size, I'll move them to a drier pot. Most importantly, media must be very porous and allow water to flow out easily. Cannot be too soggy. I'm going to try and start them from seeds again. This time I'm going to add lots of sand.


Thanks for the reply.

My seedlings either all wiltered or rotted within 2 weeks. :(/>
I'm using cactus soil. If i remember correctly its baked earth with the silver foil-like things inside.
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 11:30 AM

Redstone,

Mine lasted months. I used commercial cactus mix too but I added sand on top last time. This time I'm going to mix sand throughout and also add coco bark. Let's see.
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 01:08 PM

Hi All ,

I am interested to plant Lithops from seeds. I have not tried it before like to have a try . However, I have checked in the net and found this company "THE BANANA TREE" do sell the seeds.
It shows that min. seeds order is US$15.00 . Should we combine and order - this will help to bring down the cost and depends how many of us will want to order. Price is US$500seeds @ US$7.95 and 1000 seeds @ US$14.90 these are mix seeds. As for the freight/postage they will calculate according to the total weight. It is not expensive. Say, for 1000 seeds @ US$14.90 plus postage US$1.19 giving a total US$16.09
How - MEJO, EXIA, FONGKHEON,OPUS, ACC and others - like to join in the order?

Regards,
BMBALBERT
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 02:32 PM

View PostBMB Albert, on Jul 17 2008, 01:08 PM, said:

Hi All ,

I am interested to plant Lithops from seeds. I have not tried it before like to have a try . However, I have checked in the net and found this company "THE BANANA TREE" do sell the seeds.
It shows that min. seeds order is US$15.00 . Should we combine and order - this will help to bring down the cost and depends how many of us will want to order. Price is US$500seeds @ US$7.95 and 1000 seeds @ US$14.90 these are mix seeds. As for the freight/postage they will calculate according to the total weight. It is not expensive. Say, for 1000 seeds @ US$14.90 plus postage US$1.19 giving a total US$16.09
How - MEJO, EXIA, FONGKHEON,OPUS, ACC and others - like to join in the order?

Regards,
BMBALBERT



I think most of them already ordered the seeds through this Mass Order:

http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/index....showtopic=12813
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 09:13 PM

I grow lithops from seeds 3 years by now and all the seeds I bought from Mesa Garden. They germinated very well, as I had even 80% germination, but I killed many of them because of the heat in my country on summer.
If you want a good germination, the SAND it's the most important thing when you mix the soil. I add 30% of sand. Then water is important for seedings also and sun. If you read Mr. Brack (MG) instruction for sure you'll have a good germination. The problem is after they germinate! The proper time it's in april-may, so the seedlings grow enough until the summer. In the first year they divide 2 or 3 times, so be careful when water them.
Don't thru out the soil after the germination, you may start again next year and have the surprize to have more seedlings from the same soil.

I hope my answer helped you somehow.

Wish you good germination!

Rodica
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