Gardening Questions And Answers
Living stones can tolerate heat well and can survive temperatures down to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. They do fine in typical room temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Humidity usually isn’t an issue as long as the soil doesn’t remain moist for long periods and there is good air flow around the plants.
Never water your lithops in winter, as they use previously stored water. When the lithops are growing (mid spring or April to June), you should water your living stones by taking the pot and submerging it into the warm water (optional). If spraying, start with small spraying and increase the watering gradually.
Most houseplant pests stay away from living stones. However, the most common bugs to affect the plant’s growth are spider mites. Spider mites tend to thrive in the type of dry environments that lithops require. Signs of spider mites include pale white spots or tiny web-like strands on the plant or between the leaves.
Seed and plants of all species and many cultivars are today available from specialist succulent nurseries. They grow quickly from seed, and can be expected to flower in 3 to 4 years under optimal conditions. Sow the seeds during the summer in sandy medium, covering with a very thin layer of fine sand.
Lithops plants are often called “living stones” but they also look a bit like cloven hooves. These small, split succulents are native to the deserts of South Africa but are commonly sold in garden centers and nurseries. Lithops thrive in compacted, sandy soil with little water and blistering hot temperatures.
Unlike other succulents, lithops start into growth in autumn. In the wild, this coincides with seasonal rains, so it’s a good idea to give your lithops 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.