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Lithops - where can I buy them in the UK?

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Years ago, there were loads of cactus nurseries up and down the UK that sold Lithops. I have recently decided to start growing them again, but i'm finding it very difficult indeed to find anyone in the Uk that has a decent selection for sale. Abbey Brook Cacti in Matlock sys it holds the National Collection - I went up there the other day and the place is falling to bits, and there were only about ten different species of Lithops on offer. Southfield Nurseries in Bourne also used to sell Lithops, but theres no mention of them at all on their website?

Whats going on?

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I'm not sure if you've grown Lithops before, but if you haven't, make sure you're prepared to see them all die over and over again. I've found them (and it seems many others share my experiences) to be extremely difficult to keep alive even when using the right soil, the right amount of light, watering (and not watering) at the right times, and so on. They're very nice to look at, but I just couldn't figure them out.

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Not a lot of cactus nurseries left these days and most not selling many Lithops. Try the cactus & succulent markets, there's one at Spalding on 27 April and another at Manchester the Saturday after.   Manchester do another market in the Autumn which coincides with the Mesembryanthemums Show, so plenty of Lithops on show there.  I found Lithops easy to germinate from seed but take a few years to grow on.  You could join the society (BCSS) and as a memeber have access to their seed list.  Tony Irons sells at these markets and lists on ebay, he usually has some Lithops available.  There's plenty of info here https://www.facebook.com/groups/lovelithops/ although no sales.

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