Hello everyone! I'm a long time reader and first time poster. :)
Back at the end of June, I picked up a pot of 4 lithops from my local Lowes. I bare-rooted them the next month (July) after researching soil exhaustively and potted them a few days later. They've been receiving a light misting most mornings, or if they look extra thirsty, a small "watering" with a tiny pipette.
Everything was going great until about a week ago (beginning of Sept.), when I noticed a vertical fissure going up and down one side of the smaller plants, which looks otherwise healthy and plump. So, the topdressing all came off and I took the sucker out to check the freakishly tiny roots for rot, yet they look fine to my noobish eyes. I am very reluctant to water it further without knowing exactly what I may be dealing with here, be it disease, rot, pests, an inferiority complex, or under-watering.
So who wants to play diagnose my lithops? I'm afraid you wont win any prizes, though.
(Also, if anyone is curious, the two white scars have been there since I bought it.)
I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say!