Also Known As
Pebble Plant, Stone Plant, Flowering stones
Lithops plants are often called “living stones” but they also look a bit like cloven hooves. These small and split succulents are native to the deserts of South Africa but are commonly sold in garden centers and nurseries. Lithops are grown in sandy soil with little water and blistering hot temperatures. There are many colorful plant names in the genus Lithops. Pebble plants, mimicry plants, flowering stones, and of course, Living stones are all figurative nicknames for a plant that has a unique shape and growth patterns. Flowering Vines with Extended Bloom Time 1 second of 1 minute, 20 seconds Lithops are small plants, rarely getting more than an inch (2.5 cm.) above the soil surface and usually with only two leaves. The thick, padded leaves resemble the cleft in an animal’s foot or just a pair of green- to greyish-brown stones clustered together.
Lithops have a distinct seasonal cycle where care must try to respond to avoid dirty succulents and a lot of frustration. Do not treat them like succulents, watering should be stopped completely in the summer, because they have a strong period of sleep during this period.
They can experience rain in late spring - early summer and again in late summer - early autumn, these are the best growing seasons for Lithops. it is best to stay completely dry during the winter and especially the summer day. If they look particularly wrinkled, very little water can be given and filled quickly. Caution should only be watered when they are completely dry and actively growing in spring and autumn. Lithops usually bloom in late summer to autumn.
Pebble pot in a very well drained mixture, rich in crushed stone, sand, stone and perlite to increase drainage.
It is best to transplant before or during one of the growing seasons in spring or autumn, before watering, because watering after transplanting will help create their root system. They can be transplanted at other times during the year, but it is best not to water them after watering
Common Problems With Living Stones
Generally disease free unless overwatered. Remember to give them a dry season.