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Living Stones in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Lithops

 

Living Stones

A popular and sought after succulent. Lithops have paired leaves with smooth flat or rounded tops that are ridged or wrinkled, sometimes with transparent windows, and sometimes colorful markings. The flowers are white or yellow and emerge in autumn or winter. Lithops are relatively easy to grow if given sufficient sun and a suitable well-drained soil.

 
plant Features
  • Living Stones likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Living Stones likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Living Stones is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Living Stones likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Living Stones

Latin name

Lithops

type

Succulent

family

Aizoaceae

ph

5.0 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Living Stones likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Living Stones is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Living Stones likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Living Stones likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Living Stones is 0.02meters x 0.01meters 0.02 M 0.01 M

Lithops

A popular and sought after succulent. Lithops have paired leaves with smooth flat or rounded tops that are ridged or wrinkled, sometimes with transparent windows, and sometimes colorful markings. The flowers are white or yellow and emerge in autumn or winter. Lithops are relatively easy to grow if given sufficient sun and a suitable well-drained soil.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Lithops thrive best in a coarse, well-drained substrate. Any soil that retains too much water will cause the plants to burst their skins as they over-expand. Plants grown in strong light will develop hard strongly coloured skins which are resistant to damage and rot, although persistent overwatering will still be fatal. Excessive heat will kill potted plants as they cannot cool themselves by transpiration and rely on staying buried in cool soil below the surface.

 

Propagation

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Propagation of Lithops is by seed or cuttings. Cuttings can only be used to produce new plants after a plant has naturally divided to form multiple heads, so most propagation is by seed. Lithops can readily be pollinated by hand if two separate clones of a species flower at the same time, and seed will be ripe about 9 months later. Seed is easy to germinate, but the seedlings are small and vulnerable for the first year or two, and will not flower until at least two or three years old.

 
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