Lithops

Lithops

Life form Succulent
Family Aizoaceae
Origin South Africa
Ease of cultivation Easy to grow
The size 5 centimeters in height, up to 20 cm across. Such sizes the lithops reaches in 10 years.
Growth rate Very Low
Lifespan Up to 15 years
Temperature In the summer: room, although the plant tolerates heat, in winter it is preferable to cool wintering (+ 59-68 ° F), minimum temperature – + 41 ° F.
Humidity Low, lithops well tolerate dry air
Lighting Bright sun, some direct sunlight. Suitable south window. In the shade, the plant does not bloom, branches weakly, and waxy plaque is weakly expressed on the leaves.
The soil Suitable light permeable shop soil for succulents with a small addition of sand. For a mixture of own preparation, take: 1 part of leaf land, 1 part of parinic earth and 1 part of coarse-grained sand or perlite, it is better not to add peat. Good drainage is required.
Watering The top layer of soil between waterings in the summer should dry up. Water with soft water about every 10-15 days, in November and February once a month, in winter, do not water at all, and the leaves may even wrinkle. Over-watering is the main cause of plant death.
Fertilizer In summer, feed a weak solution of fertilizer for cacti every 4 weeks.
Reproduction It is possible to reproduce by small fruits formed in the place of flowers. Germinate fairly easily. It is desirable to plant in a container with a soil mixture with good drainage.From above it is better to pour a layer of sand, into it to a depth of 2 mm it is necessary to plant seeds. In the future, water them regularly and carefully so that the seeds do not surface. In case of stagnant moisture, the seeds can rot. When the seedlings reach 3-5 mm in height, they can be seated. By autumn, the seedlings usually take the form of an adult plant, a pair of adult leaves develop from the first cotyledonous leaves. Seedling grows several years before flowering.
Bloom Blooms large (2 cm in diameter) white, pink or yellow flowers in the form of chamomile, single or paired. Blossom mainly in summer – from August to October.
Transfer In the spring, once in several years, when the plant is very proliferating, use ordinary dishes, tk. Root systems are quite deep. When transplanting cut stripped shoots.
Features of care In summer it is preferable to keep in the air in a place protected from rain. Flowers should be removed in a timely manner. After flowering, the leaves of the lithopod are wrinkled, but in their place a couple of others develop further.You can use lithops to create mini-gardens succulents. Lithops impressive look at planting a few plants in a pot, the soil on top you can pour the gravel. The plant consists of 2 succulent grayish leaves, on the flat surface of which there are transparent cells.
Difficulties It is most often affected by aphids, mealybugs, rootworms, fruit mosquitoes. Root rot is possible with excessive watering, the plant ceases to grow, the leaves turn yellow and fall off. Leaves are small with a lack of light.
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