amei8866 asked:

i want ask u about "rock grows flowers".. i also buy the seed from taobao then how to plant it?thank you..

Hello amei!

I don’t encourage succulent collectors to grow ”rock grows flowers”, aka 石生花, lithops from seeds, especially in Malaysia. If you are from other seasonal country then it’s definitely worth a try! The climate here in Malaysia is simply too hot for the lithop seedlings to grow. I grew mine, they germinated but they didn’t survive long :( all of them died.

Anyway, if you have bought the seeds, here is a link i think is useful!

What I know is, most succulent seedlings should be grown in a closed environment, with the soil kept damp (but not drowning them!). 

1. Get a plastic container, make about 10 holes at its bottom, then include some loose soil (just soil will do). 

2. Wrap the container with plastic wrap and poke holes on it as well.

3. Put them under shade and not directly under the sunlight. 

4. Make sure you keep the soil damp everyday :D

That’s all i know, good luck!

meikee86 asked:

Hi Jack, just came across your blog yesterday.. lovely succulents you have and you seem to have been giving them great care! They all look so healthy! I'm new at this I'm hoping you can help me.. I just got a few succulents 2 weeks ago and they looked great when I got them but now, the leave of one of them is shrivelling and falling off.. *sob.. I dunno whats wrong.. I left it on the balcony and watered it once a week.. whats worse is I just realise the roots hasn't even grown into the soil, the

Don’t worry! Succulents are relatively easy to take care of. Even if they get sick, there is a very high chance of them getting better : ) (but different species have different recovery rate).

Usually, succulents’ leaves fall off because 
1) (if the leaves are at bottom) they need nutrients to grow or recover so they “suck off” one of old leaves, and in this case, the leaves on top will always be healthy but the leaves at bottom will go drier and drier (metabolism). This is completely normal for succulents.

2) Temperature difference. Here at my place, some succulents are from highlands where the temperature is around 16 degree celcius. When I got them back (the temperature around my area is 25~30), they couldn’t get used to the weather and they will probably go hibernate and dry off. This happens sometimes but generally if you give them enough time they can get used of the temp. difference.

3) Overwatering. Once a week seems fine to me but sometimes (rarely though) it can kill them especially when the soil you use has problem passing water. The water get stuck in the soil and it can kill them!

4) Over exposed to sunlight. When this happen, there will be burnt marks on the succulent’s leaves.

Also, you mentioned that its roots haven’t grown into the soil, do you mean that there is no root on its stem, or do you mean that its roots have not grabbed the soil? If there is no root, do not water them anymore. If there are roots, plant them back.

But to really help you, I would need to look at them! Do take pictures of them and send it to me, or post it on your blog and notify me : )

Hope this helps!