Squishy/wrinkled Lithops

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inkypearl
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Squishy/wrinkled Lithops

Postby inkypearl » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:04 pm

Hello!
About a month ago, I bought a few lithops from someone online through a Facebook group. One of them came a little squishy and wrinkled looking, but I assumed it was from being in a dark box for a week. I took them out and adjusted them to full sunlight over a week, then planted them in a pot with a very dry, gritty soil mix. At the time I received the plants, the seller had told me they had been watered around 2 weeks prior, and that they were due for another watering. But I thought it would be better to withhold the water than to risk overwatering, so I haven't watered them at all since then.
That one particular plant keeps getting more squishy and wrinkly, and has shrunken a bit. Was it overwatered? I thought when lithops are overwatered they swell... There doesn't seem to be any damage, and when I planted it, the roots looked fine. I thought it might be producing a new set of leaves, but it doesn't seem to be splitting apart, and when I squish it a little, it almost feels like jelly inside.
They are in my shed in a south-facing window, which I leave open all the time. It's probably not the weather. I live in northern California, it doesn't get too hot or too cold here.
The photos I've attached were taken about 3 weeks apart.
Any advice is appreciated... Thanks in advance!
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Allan1
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Re: Squishy/wrinkled Lithops

Postby Allan1 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:33 am

Hello and Welcome Inkypearl, I agree your plant does not look too good. I would leave them alone at this time of year as they should be using the old body to produce a new body in Spring. If you water it, one of two things will happen:
a) it will rot and die
b) it will start growing a new body and won't get rid of the old one. Stacking once started often carries on each year.
You are risking nothing by not watering because if your plant has rot in it, it is past saving, You have done everything right so far, so we will keep our fingers crossed for you and hope it is OK. Good luck.
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Re: Squishy/wrinkled Lithops

Postby marcours » Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:36 am

I'm sadly totaly agree with Allan... :( Cross your fingers....
"Lithops tray is like a chocolat box" Forrest Gump .

inkypearl
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Re: Squishy/wrinkled Lithops

Postby inkypearl » Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:28 am

Okay thanks. I don't think it's going to survive :/ I checked on it today and it looks even worse...

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Re: Squishy/wrinkled Lithops

Postby Australian » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:05 am

Once a Lithops goes squishy for whatever reason (sun burnt, overwatering, etc), then it can't be saved unfortunately. Although Lithops can be sturdy plants with insufficient watering, they are very delicate under other circumstances.

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Re: Squishy/wrinkled Lithops

Postby Allan1 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:06 am

Hi, Inkypearl, If either, when you need to replace the lithops or add to yours, contact Stephen Hammer at the;- http://www.sphaeroidinstitute.com He usually has a few for sale and would advise you where else you can buy in USA. He is the worlds leading authority on Lithops.
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Re: Squishy/wrinkled Lithops

Postby Australian » Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:44 am

His prices for Lithops are very high. Maybe they are old plants with a few heads.

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Re: Squishy/wrinkled Lithops

Postby inkypearl » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:23 pm

Okay thank you!
I was about to throw it away today but when I picked it up, I thought I felt new leaves inside about 1cm tall, so I put it back in the dirt. Maybe they'll grow?
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Re: Squishy/wrinkled Lithops

Postby Australian » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:03 pm

Good idea you put them back. See what happens. We'll keep our fingers crossed for the survival of your plants. :)


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