Lithops, commonly known as Living Stones, are remarkable succulents native to southern Africa. Their name, Lithops, aptly translates to "stone face" in Greek, reflecting their uncanny resemblance to small pebbles or stones. These low-growing succulents have evolved to mimic their rocky desert surroundings, which enables them to avoid predation and withstand harsh conditions. They are renowned for their unique appearance, often resembling a pair of leaves with a cleft or fissure at the top, where daisy-like flowers emerge. Caring for Lithops requires a delicate touch, as their adaptation to arid regions means they have specific needs.mmer and propagates easily.
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Lithops Living Stones Succulent Care
Lithops have a distinct watering cycle. In their active growing season (spring and autumn), water sparingly when the soil is dry. During their dormant period (summer and winter), withhold water entirely to mimic their natural environment.
Provide ample sunlight for Lithops; they thrive in bright, indirect light. A sunny windowsill or outdoor location with gentle morning sun is ideal. Protect them from intense, scorching midday sunlight.
Keep Lithops in a warm environment. They prefer temperatures between 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C) during their growing season and can tolerate cooler temperatures during dormancy.
Use a well-draining succulent or cactus mix. A blend of potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand replicates their natural habitat, ensuring proper drainage.
Lithops are adapted to arid climates, so they prefer low humidity. Normal household humidity levels are generally suitable.
Limit fertilizer application to their active growing season, spring and autumn. Use a diluted, balanced liquid fertilizer every 6-8 weeks.
Lithops are non-toxic to humans and pets, making them a safe addition to your home.