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5 Things You Should Know About Lithops

5 Things You Should Know About Lithops

Lithops are the little rock stones or flowering stones. These living rocks are so easy to take care of if you know how to properly do it. Most people have their first encounters with this plant not a very good one. When you accidentally overwater it but a good number of people have said they have killed their first lithops. Isn’t that how it usually goes with a gorgeous plant that we hardly know anything about?

That is okay because we can all learn from our mistakes. Start back again experimenting with same plant, and doing more research on a native habitat to ultimately match their natural environment for a longer healthier lithop.

How to keep lithops healthiest

A cool fact about the lithop, is that this plant was discovered by John Burchell in 1811 when picked up from the stony ground. A curiously shaped pebble proved to be a play out. Lithops have been vividly sought by the collector of succulent plants. Like all of us, these succulents are native to South Africa but they are super common online or local nurseries. They are part of the ACO ACI family which include plants like the ice plant and they honestly resemble each other quite a bit. These succulents are the healthiest when kept in compactive sandy rocks, rocky soil with little water or irrigation throughout the year.

How old can lithops live up to?

It is a really slow grower. When taken care properly, it can live up to 3 to 5 years of age and is common to see them bloom when they are older. Meaning that these living stones can live up to a decade. How cool is that?

Lithops do not require much water

Another cool fact about this succulent, it does not have a stem. Like most succulents, you should know that the word lithop literally means stone and ops means face. Hence the ancient Greek decided to name it Lithops which translates to stone like. These little require full to very bright Sun either direct or indirect. Shade will kill the plant as well as over watering it. These lithops do not like moist soil so they do not require much water throughout the year. They do not require much water because we have to remember to mimic their natural habitat as much as possible because that is where they live and thrive.

How to water lithops

So if you have one, make sure to water it in dormant season. Three to eight month periods in between. Also when the leaves begin to separate, it is good to not water it until the leaves dry out on the outside. Because the exterior leaves feed the inner ones, so you do not have to do a squeaky thing. If you want to learn more about this plant, make sure to go to lithops. net where they have the names for all of the different colored lithos. These living rocks are super low maintenance due to the fact that they do not need water for the majority of the year.

Tara Joy
A plant lover who loves nature and likes to share gardening tips.
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