It’s hard to believe, but three short months ago the lithops seedlings were only just beginning to show their distinct colouration and patterns. Now look at them!
And here’s the part in the process where I start to screw things up. While this was my first time starting lithops from seed, it was not my first excursion into the world of cactus and succulent seed starting. Here’s my pattern thus-far:
- Start seeds. Germination. Kick ass!
- Seeds develop into tiny seedlings. Continuing to kick ass!
- Tiny seedlings develop into small versions of their adult counterparts. Now I am kicking ass and pumping the air with my fists.
- Cockiness sets in. I transplant the seedlings.
- I admire my handiwork and lovingly stroke my gardener’s ego for days, weeks even.
- Transplanted too soon. Plants die. The end.
My worry now is that the lithops will get too hot and go into premature dormancy. And then I will water them too much and they’ll rot. I understand what they need in theory but something about them just won’t click on an intuitive level. I’ve chatted extensively with lithops growing friends and am hoping that magical lithops growing juju comes to me and two years from now I’ll be showing off a bowl of adult lithops like Barry’s.
But I suppose if I lose this batch, there’s always the next. Even though it’s the wrong time of year to start, they’re germinating as I write this.
BTW: The lithops Grow-Along is still going. Get some seeds and join us. We’re all learning as we go.