“Where would you get Lithops? Where would they grow? Are they hard to grow?” Very interesting. Question from Debbie Hildebrand
Answer: Lithops are cool, unusual succulents from the dry, upland regions of Africa. They are called “living stones” because they resemble flowering rocks on the dryland floor. They are not too difficult to grow, if you give them the right care. Here is what they need to thrive.
These little, colorful succulents look great in small containers. They survive in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11 and are best suited for outdoor growing in the American Southwest where summers are mild. Otherwise, they can be grown in containers and grown outdoors in summer and indoors in winter. Choose a low, decorative pot to best show off their beauty and diversity. Plant them in Black Gold Cactus Mix. Plant them so their roots are fully covered, but their tops are completely uncovered. The top of containers should be covered with a layer of fine, decorative rocks, chicken grit, or gravel. They require full sun but should be protected from hot direct sun midday.
Watering is tricky. Give them light water in summer, and refrain from watering them in winter. In the wild, winter is their dry period. If watered too much, these little succulents will quickly rot.
Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.
This site may contain content (including images and articles) as well as advice, opinions and statements presented by third parties. Sun Gro does not review these materials for accuracy or reliability and does not endorse the advice, opinions, or statements that may be contained in them. Sun Gro also does not review the materials to determine if they infringe the copyright or other rights of others. These materials are available only for informational purposes and are presented “as is” without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including without limitation warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Reliance upon any such opinion, advice, statement or other information is at your own risk. In no event shall Sun Gro Horticulture Distribution, Inc. or any of its affiliates be liable to you for any inaccuracy, error, omission, fact, infringement and the like, resulting from your use of these materials, regardless of cause, or for any damages resulting there from.