Lithops can be grown from seed without too much difficulty but it is recommended that you
start with some mature plants to become familiar with their behaviour.
Plants become saleable at 2 years old. By then they are robust and showing strong patterns.
They can be found in some garden centres but the best sources are usually nurseries which
specialise in cacti and succulents where a large variety of lithops can often be found.
They can be purchased by post when they will almost certainly be sent bare-rooted and
require potting when you receive them. Young, single bodied plants can be started in 2"pots
then if they are showing signs of healthy growth after 12 months move them into 2 1/2"pots.
Multi-bodied mature plants may require 3"or larger pots.
If possible use square pots as these hold a larger volume of compost for a given size and also
allows the plants to be displayed in a block
Pot them as in the diagram with most
of the body above the compost.
It is usual to put a layer of decorative
grit on the surface to support the plant
body. A good source of attractive grits
are retailers of fish-keeping equipment
and supplies.
Some of the more distinctive plants are in the following list and worth looking for.
L.aucampiae ssp. euniceae
L. dorotheae
L. fulviceps v. lactinea
L. karasmontana ssp. bella
L. karasmontana "summitatum"
L. lesliei cv. Albinica
L. lesliei ssp. burchellii
L. naureeniae
L. optica cv. rubra
L. otzeniana
L. verruculosa v. glabra
L. villetii ssp. kennedyi
* and many more!
Lithops can develop multiple bodies
as they mature. Some varieties may
never exceed one or two whilst
others may produce twenty or more.
These are true show plants and look
incredible when they are in flower.
One of the most famous names associated with lithops is that of Prof. Desmond Cole
who spent his life studying and collecting plants from the wild. Many of the plants in
cultivation to-day have come from the progeny of his collection. These plants carry a
"C" number and can be traced to their original location by referring to Prof. Cole's book
L. pseudotruncatella
L. karasmontana "summitatum"
L. lesliei (Grey form) C.151

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