Super Succulents

Lithops ‘Living Stones’


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

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Caring For Lithops ‘Living Stones’

1) Light: 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

2) Water: Since Lithops have the ability to store water for months in their leaves, watering this plant at the wrong time in their growth cycle can lead to its demise. To walk you through on this one, water your Lithops once every 2 weeks (at most) beginning at the end of summer, where this plant is actively growing. But once the winter season hits, it’s best to leave it be and not water at all

3) Soil: It is best for Lithops to be planted in cactus mix or fast-draining potting soil. Sand, pebbles, or other gritty materials can also be added to help with soil drainage

4) Temperature: Lithops are desert succulents that can tolerate temperatures up to 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they most likely thrive and grow happily when grown in conditions between 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit

5) Fertilizer: In general, Lithops don’t require fertilization to thrive. You may, however, feed it just before its usual blooming season to encourage this plant to produce flowers. To do this, simply feed your Living Stones with a small amount of heavily diluted cactus fertilizer that is low nitrogen and high in potassium during the Spring season. And make sure not to apply the fertilizer directly to the leaves of the plant as this may burn or damage it


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