These are succulents that you might have thought they looked like rocks! Native to the deserts of South Africa, this is a small and slow-growing plant forming clumps of colourful pebbles in their pot. They usually have two leaves at a time but grow a new pair every year. The thick padded leaves are green to grayish brown stones clustered together. The plants have no true stem and much of the plant is underground. They are relatively easy to care for, especially once you get a hang of their watering routine. Note that lithops need to be at least three years old to flower.
- Bright direct light.
- Lithops are specific with watering due to their growing cycle. They don’t like too much water and a light drink every two weeks from mid spring to summer will keep them happy. Once you get the hang of it they are easy to care for. Lithops start into growth in autumn. Give them a good watering during this time (early September). It’s around this time that flowers start to appear – look out for the fissure opening and a bud growing out. Lithops continue growing through winter and into spring, with the new pair of leaves growing inside the old. However it’s important to not water in winter. The soil should be very dry. In spring, start watering again when the old pair of leaves has completely shrivelled. Water a little at a time, allowing the compost to dry out between waterings. They go dormant in summer. Avoid watering them during this time, then give them a good drink in early September, when growth starts again.
Height of the plant - 12 cm. Diameter of the pot - 5 cm. Sustee size S.