Ah, he's just cranky.
You will be very successful with the lithops. They are extremely easy to grow
from seed. Just don't be tempted to over water them. Evenly moist, relatively
warm soil and plenty of light. I've done it many times. I love cactus now as
houseplants. I used to water everything to death, now I go months at a time
without watering my cacti and they are all thriving on neglect.
If anything, Steve (Cereoid) has a littoral mind, because he "shore"
knows what he is talking about with cacti and succulents. But as Vic
has said elsewhere in this thread, be very careful about the watering,
especially in the short days and low light levels of winter months,
since any more than minimal watering at well spaced intervals can turn
your impressive lithops grown from seed into "mush" (been there, done
that with just a few of mine!!)
(Scotland, where winter days are particularly short!)
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