Lithops - Living Stones [limited]

$8.99
Maximum Purchase
1 unit
SKU:
SS5757

Product Details

Highlights

Lithops or "Living Stones": Slow-growing mesembs from South Africa and that are accustomed to full sun, rocky soil, and droughts that last several months. Only the very tops of the leaves are visible aboveground and even these are well-camouflaged in a variety of colors and patterns to blend in with the surrounding stones. They have deep taproots and need very little water and a well-draining soil in order to prevent their fleshy leaves from exploding.

Yellow or white flowers usually emerge in autumn followed by splitting to reveal a new, inner pair of leaves. The inner leaf pair get all the water they need from the older, outer pair. The soil must be kept dry to allow the outer leaf pair to wither and fall off. Lithops can be challenging plants to grow, but here are some pointers to help you along the way:

  • Transplant into deep pots with drainage holes
  • Use gritty, well-draining soil, such as 80% coarse sand, pumice, or perlite and 20% organic matter
  • Gradually transition into full sun or a very sunny window sill
  • Water lightly in the fall and spring growing seasons, waiting for the soil to fully dry before watering again
  • Do not water in winter or when Lithops is splitting
  • Begin spring watering only when the older, outer leaves have shriveled into paper-thin sheets
  • Water very sparingly in summer ONLY if you notice severe wrinkling on the top; wrinkles on sides are a normal part of their annual cycle and not an indicator that they should be watered

For more information on this rare species, check out our blog post on legendary Lithops or this Guide to the Cultivation of Lithops.

PLEASE NOTE: Each pot contains one or more plants. Lithops come in a variety of colors. You will receive one color, chosen by us.

Bloom Color

Yellow Bloom

Bloom Color

White Bloom

Cold Hardiness

Zone 10 (30F)

Recommended Light Conditions

Full Sun

Recommended Light Conditions

Bright Indoor Light

Maximum Height

Under 3"

Maximum Rosette Size

Under 3"

Growth Habit / Shape

Clumping / Mounding

Product Format

2.5" Pot

Special Characteristic

Slow Grower

Special Characteristic

Pet Safe

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