These hybrids produce large yellow or white flowers as big as the plants, appearing in autumn for 1-2 weeks. It may take a season for them to settle in and bloom.
Lithops need very little to survive and you are more likely to kill them with kindness than anything. They are endemic to dry, rocky areas of South Africa where they have adapted to survive and thrive on virtually nothing.
Lithops are extremely slow growing, taking around two years to reach 1cm across (this is the average of their current size). The leaves are marbled green and brown, very ornamental. They are thick and rounded, so resembles rocks and pebbles.
After flowering, the plant splits and dries out, the old foliage wrinkles and a new plant emerges from within. Such an amazing process. Depending on where you live, they plant is likely to go dormant for a while at this time, then ‘coming back to life’ summer/autumn with a new bloom.
Choose a well drained potting medium and place in bright light to semi shade position. They need 3-5 hours of direct bright light and more of indirect if possible. Protect from the hot afternoon sun and excessive moisture. Best grown in a deep container (10cm) to allow their roots a space to grow.
Summer to Autumn
Cool to Sub-Tropical