|How to grow Lithops indoors|
Lithops plants, perhaps more commonly known as 'Pebble Plants' or 'Living Stones', are a fascinating succulent plant native to wide areas of Namibia and South Africa. They are found in elevations from sea level to high mountains, with individual populations covering just a small area of dry grassland, or bare rocky ground. Each Lithops species is found in in its own particular environment, usually restricted to a specific type of rock.
When growing Lithops as house plants, the better you can mimic their natural habit the more successful you will be. Newly purchased plants can be potted on into 7-9 cm pots using either a proprietary cactus compost or make your own using a mix of equal parts by volume John Innes 'No 2' potting compost and horticultural grade grit-sand. Position the plants in the soil so that about three-quarters of the height of the plant remains above the soil level. You can add grit or fine ornamental gravel to the surface of the pot to ensure that the 'neck' of the plants remains dry.
|How to grow Lithops|
Provide a minimum winter temperature of 5 degrees Celsius and maintain maximum light levels throughout the year. During the year the leaves will start to wrinkle, at which point you also withhold water. There is no need to worry as this is perfectly natural so do not do the opposite and increase watering! A new pair of leaves will appear between the old ones and will increase in size as the old ones finally shrivel away. Once the old leaves have completely dried up you can commence watering again.
Lithops will usually need to be al least three years, sometimes up to five years old, before they are mature enough to bloom.
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