The genus Lithops, belonging to the Aizoaceae family, comprises a very vast group of perennial succulent plants known as “living stones” or “stone plants” because they look like authentic desert stones. They are indeed native to the desert areas of southern Africa.
Temperature and Humidity 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.
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 Read more
Water the tiny seeds gently so you don't displace them. Place the container in a warm sunny spot, keeping them moist but not soggy. The first seeds should germinate in a few weeks (but germination may be spread out over a long period of time, Read more
Spider mites are the most likely problem of lithops growers. Most often they will live in the crevice between leaves, or hidden between an old leaf and a new one. They cause white spots of scar tissue on the plant's surface, and they thrive in Read more
Yellow and Mushy Appearance Yellow, mushy-looking leaves are the first sign your Lithops is getting too much water. You can also tell if the cause of your yellow, mushy leaves is from overwatering by feeling them. If the leaves feel swollen or mush between your Read more
Lithops are long lived – up to 40 or 50 years. Lithops are non-toxic to humans or pets. (There are even some references to African children eating these plants as a means to quench their thirst.) Their health in cultivation depends on sufficient bright light, Read more
How to Grow Living Stones Plants. Growing living stones in pots is preferred for most but the hottest zones. Lithops need a cactus mix or potting soil with some sand incorporated. The potting media needs to dry before you add moisture and you must place Read more
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 Read more
Many growers topdress with gravel or surround the plant with stones to give a more natural appearance. Lithops have a yearly cycle of growth, and it is essential to water only during certain stages and to keep the soil dry at other stages of their Read more
Living stones are stemless succulents from South Africa that belong to the ice plant family. In nature they grow almost completely underground with only a pair of kidney shaped, succulent, flat-topped leaves exposed to the sky.
Living stones can be grown indoors or out, but in regions where winter temperatures are below 40 or 50 degrees F, the plants must be moved indoors and grown as houseplants during the winter. Once you start growing these cuties, you're sure to develop a Read more
Living stones don't need pruning. Since only two leaves are visible above the soil level, the plant will take care of itself. At the most, you may rarely have to remove the papery remnants of older leaves once the plant has reabsorbed all of their Read more
When the plant goes dormant in the summer, stop watering. If the plant really shrivels, give just enough water to restore the firm appearance of the plant, but only water until about the top one-half inch of the soil is moistened.
When to water living stones Since lithops evolved in a dry, hot climate, and they have thick, fleshy, water-storing leaves, it stands to reason that they require only minimal irrigation. The plant can then be given a small amount of water every 10 to 14 Read more
Living stones don't need pruning. Since only two leaves are visible above the soil level, the plant will take care of itself. Even then, the new leaves will spring up from the older ones, and eventually the older leaves will slough off on their own.
Lithops salicola, 'Salt-Dwelling Living Stone' It can be found in both Namibia and South Africa, and is somewhat tolerant to incorrect watering practices. While it can't tolerate freezes, the grey to grey-green leaves are more tolerant of dry cool temperatures than some.
Living stones should be fertilized when they are not in their resting phase — preferably in spring, as soon as the new leaves are clearly visible.
Lithops Succulent: How To Grow Living Stone Plants. Lithops plants are often called “living stones” but they also look a bit like cloven hooves. Lithops thrive in compacted, sandy soil with little water and blistering hot temperatures.
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 Read more
Sometimes called split rocks or pebble plants, living stone plants are extremely drought-resistant and are widely popular in low-water gardens in desert regions. They can be grown both indoors and outdoors, but outdoor growers should be careful that they don't get too much water.
The “Living stones” produce flowers that can be yellow, orange, or pink depending on the plant's class. When it's time for our Pleiospilos nelii to flower, it tends to attract bees peculiarly since its flower is full of pollen. This pollen makes it the preferred Read more
Be very careful, when growing living stones, not to overwater. These little succulents do not need to be watered in their dormant season, which is fall to spring. If you wish to encourage flowering, add a diluted cactus fertilizer in spring when you commence watering Read more
Lithops thrive in compacted, sandy soil with little water and blistering hot temperatures. While relatively easy to grow, a little information on lithops will help you learn how to grow living stone plants so that they thrive in your home.
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 Read more
When it's ready to be watered, you may see your lithops begin to wrinkle or sink down in the pot. Give your plant a light squeeze. If it's soft, it's time to water.
Some flowers are scented. They range in size from roughly ½ to 1½”, depending on the species and conditions. LIthops flower buds emerge from between the leaves (L and LC) and start to open (RC) the daisy-like flowers (R). Lithops are self-sterile, so must be Read more
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 Read more
Fertilize with a balanced mix Apply a slow-release, soluble, balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 diluted to one-fourth the recommended strength once during the growing season. Do not fertilize living stone plants during dormancy.
When to water living stones The plants should be kept almost completely dry during the winter. Only begin to consistently water them after they've split open and the new set of leaves has begun to develop in the spring. The plant can then be given Read more
A minimum of 3″ is required, but 5″ or even slightly deeper is better. This allows the taproot to grow without coiling around the pot. Prepare a well-draining cactus potting soil, and plant your living stone plant with its leaf tops slightly above the soil's Read more
In their native climate, lithops have two periods of dormancy. After the new leaves develop in the spring and the summer soil dries out, lithops cease growing and shift into a dormant state throughout the hottest part of the year.
Yes, lithops can be a challenge to grow, but success is possible if they receive enough sun and are grown in very well-drained potting mix. You also have to follow a particular watering schedule for the greatest chance of success growing living stones.
Lithops require ample sunlight; 5 or 6 hours of direct sunlight a day is best. A south-facing window is ideal.
Lithops require ample sunlight; 5 or 6 hours of direct sunlight a day is best. A south-facing window is ideal. Spin the pot a quarter turn every few days to keep the growth even.
The young plants can be transplanted when they are about a year old. Lithops can also be propagated by dividing a multi-headed plant. Lift the plant, carefully cut through the roots and replant them immediately.
Size. These plants tend to the small side, rarely growing more than an inch about the soil. They will spread outward though, often forming clusters of the stone like formations. It is possible for the plant to live in one pot for 10-20 years which Read more
Lithops also known as Living Stones are very popular succulents due to their unusual features and unique shapes. Lithops will tolerate intense heat and bright, indirect light as well as cold temperatures, but only briefly. These are non-toxic to cats and dogs.
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 Read more
Living stones can be grown indoors or out, but in regions where winter temperatures are below 40 or 50 degrees F, the plants must be moved indoors and grown as houseplants during the winter.