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Re: What is CV Embers

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:16 pm
by mary44
Australian wrote:Which problems come from over-fertilizing?

Well... I accidentally gave a lithops seedling an overdose of chempak 8 as there was some undissolved in the bottom of the watering can.... It kind of exploded :lol: I am guessing that is what Brom means.

It's a beautiful flower and the pumice suits it perfectly.

Re: What is CV Embers

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:31 pm
by brom
Hello mary44,

this is just one of the possible problems. However, you will notice some other problems six to eight months later. The Lithops come from the regions with very nutrient-poor soils. That is why they are very greedy and will absorb all the food you give. If you continue, the old leaves become immortal and become hard as steel.

Re: What is CV Embers

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:26 pm
by Australian
This is a very interesting observation about over-fertilizing Lithops. I prefer to use fertilizers which are relatively natural, rather than full of strange chemicals. Will the latter, rather than the over-fertilizing, be the cause for the old leaves to become too hard?

Re: What is CV Embers

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:32 pm
by mary44
It is interesting and something I would not have guessed could happen. I did notice that a couple of Lithops I purchased recently had stacked leaves that had not been reabsorbed. I assumed they had been force grown and not dried out as nature intended. The old leaves are hard and proving reluctant to go away. Hmmm. It will be interesting to see what happens next year when they should change leaves again.

Re: What is CV Embers

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:49 pm
by Australian
Last year one of my L. otzeniana ended up with the old leaves not drying up because of its location in the middle of a large pots with other Lithops. However, this year the situation got rectified as two sets of leaves dried out. So even old leaves can be dried out an year later.