How to accurately seed lithops or other small plants

When I have to sprout small seedlings, my hands always begin to shake beforehand. The first such experience was with seedlings of physalis. Although the sprouts are relatively large and the plant cannot be called a collection value, I do not like to destroy a living one. Well, who has dealt with lithops, probably will understand the trepidation with which you try to put in order in a pot. So I just could not pass by the instructions with the photo.

The author of the photos and the original article shows everything on the example of 14-month-old Lithops sprouts. The seeds of this succulent are dust-like, it is simply impossible to sow them evenly in rows, and sooner or later the plants start to push against each other. The problem is that lithops are quite vulnerable and do not like transplanting very much, which means that it is necessary to affect the root system as little as possible and to place it in its new place in the most natural way.

After pulling out the clod of earth (notice how eagerly the roots braided it), the author first cleans the excess soil with a brush and carefully separates plant by plant, taking care not to tear the roots.

Here’s the result.

In the case of lithops, it is advisable to wait one day for the root system lesions to dry out (this will reduce the risk of rotting), but the author advises to wait 2 days, “to be sure”. The prepared soil mixture is dry for the same reason. Of course, if we are not talking about ascetic succulents, it is not necessary to wait – ordinary plants can simply wither away; it is better to release each sprout from the common clump and immediately plant in a new place.

Next, we tilt the pot, pour a little substrate and put the first row of lithops.

We lay an intermediate layer between the rows, it also fixes the roots of the first row in the correct position.

Repeat…



And we get the following result.

To fix the above-ground part of the plants, you can add a little sand: it will not hold water, and the stable position of the lithops will keep the root necks from accidental mechanical damage.

You can lightly spray the crops to nail down the dust and clean the leaves.

And at the end do not forget to sign the view.