Lithops are perhaps the most unusual plants on the planet. Affectionately called, “Pebble Plants”, “Living Stones”, “Split Rocks”, and “Butt Plants” (given their appearance, it’s easy to see how they got these monikers), lithops are succulents that are native to the southern regions of Africa.
Simply so, why do Lithops split?
The new leaves subsist solely on the water and nutrients from the old leaves, and for this time, the roots are basically put out of service. When the new growth becomes large enough, the outer leaves begin to split and dry out until the new plant fully emerges.
Keeping this in consideration, how do you take care of baby Lithops?
Lithops have adapted to tolerate harsh sunlight in their native environment. Thus, the best way to care for them would be to provide 4-5 hours of early sunlight, and partial shade in the afternoon. A south or east window with optimum light is an ideal place for your Lithops.
How do you tell if your Lithops are dying?
When fresh leaves have come in, old leaves will be shrivelled and die. Being Mushy: Strong lithops seem powerful and firm. The first sign your Lithops gets much too much water is yellow, muzzled leaves.
Where to Find Lithops. … Unfortunately, Lithops seed can take up to a year to germinate and requires carefully controlled conditions. This makes them somewhat rare and difficult to find in nurseries. At Mountain Crest Gardens, we try to keep Lithops available year-round.
It should take about a month or two, depending on conditions. Just leave them be and let them do their thing. I believe the old flowers should eventually pop off on their own, if not give them a gentle tug.
Reproduction: The Lithops will reproduce by runner ( a ‘root’ that will spread out ). A new plant will come up (usually by the parent.) The other way that they will reproduce is by seed.
The substrate must have very good drainage. The roots do not support the ponding, so it is highly recommended to use sandy substrates , such as akadama , river sand or pomice.
The mimicry plants known as mesembs are the thespians of the succulent world, mind-blowingly adaptable actors often accustomed to harsh, sun-blasted habitats that receive only a few inches of rain a year. … and other mesembs, are some of the most drought tolerant plants on the planet.
Lithops are a fascinating addition to a rock garden or indoor succulent garden. … Plant Lithops indoors in a sunny area of your home, such as a window sill, but do not expect quick growth. Watch for yellow or white flowers in the late Summer or Fall.