As per their common name, Living Stones are known for their remarkable ability to mimic the appearance of stones or pebbles, making them blend seamlessly into their surroundings as a survival strategy.
These small, slow-growing plants exhibit fleshy, thick leaves that are fused at the base, forming a cleft at the top. You may observe daisy-like blooms that emerge from the crevice between the leaves.
This succulent may shed its old leaves, which can appear shrivelled or dried, but don't worry; this is a normal occurrence known as leaf-shedding." This process helps the plant conserve energy and moisture during unfavourable conditions. New leaves will emerge from the crevice as the old ones shed.
- Save this plant a seat at the window as they require consistent bright, direct sunlight for several hours each day-Prolonged periods of insufficient light can cause elongation and weak growth.
- Lithops have a shallow root system, so they do not require frequent repotting. Repot only when necessary, using a slightly larger pot with fresh soil.
- Avoid using heavy potting soils or soils that retain too much moisture, so opt for a well-draining, gritty potting media.
- Avoid overwatering and ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogged soil, which can quickly lead to root rot.
- Lthiops do best in a low-humidity environment.
- Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings, then give it a thorough drink-bottom watering is recommended.