Lithops, pebble plants, living stones ( Succlent ) - 10 Seeds
Common name: pebble plants
Bloom time: mid winter
Height: 4 cm
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Normal treatment in mild temperate climates is to keep them completely dry during winter, watering only when the old leaves have dried up and been replaced by a new leaf pair. Watering continues through autumn when the plants flower and then stopped for winter. The best results are obtained with additional heat such as a greenhouse.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: 40°F (5°C).
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Growing plants can be inexpensive, particularly when growing them from seed.
- Seeds of plants flowers should usually be sown directly into the sunny flower bed, as developing roots do not like to be disturbed.
- Apply a high-potassium liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks from early spring until 6 weeks after flowering.
- Keep moist in winter.
The first scientific description of a Lithops was made by botanist and artist William John Burchell, explorer of South Africa, although he called it Mesembryanthemum turbiniforme. In 1811 he accidentally found a specimen when picking up from the ground a "curiously shaped pebble".
Bacterial and fungal spots, powdery mildew, bacterial wilt. Minimize wetting of foliage to avoid disease.
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