Originally, these were some tiny plants I bought from an online garden shop, without knowing much about their needs and their botanical name. The only thing I knew was that these are very slow growing succulents that look like little stones. Their name comes from the Ancient Greek for “stone face” (λίθος – lithos, meaning “stone,” and ὄψ – ops, meaning “face”) as one may struggle to understand whether these are indeed alive or not, because of their unassuming aspect. As a total beginner with these kind of plants, I bought an assortment of six varieties, coming in different colours, so I could start understanding how to care for and grow these tiny little beauties throughout their life cycle.
A couple of years later, some of the survivors of the original collection are these greyish-green variety, which is called lithops hallii, which blossom into beautiful white flowers in the summer. These plants are basically composed of two fleshy conical leaves, with roots attached at the bottom, and each year they develop two more leaves from within the body of the plant and eventually flowers too. These new leaves gradually replace the outer leaves that will dry up and their life cycle begins again, with slightly bigger plants after each year.
The outmost important factor to be taken into account while growing these delicate plants is the amount of water to be fed regularly. Too much water will start a process of rotting of the roots that will destroy the fragile plant. Lack of water while the plant is growing would stop their growth. This is a balancing act that can be learned only through direct experience, based also on the amount of light and the temperature of the place where the plants have been settled in. With this variety I have been able to keep three out of the original four plants I bought two years ago.
The variety I am featuring in this post is called hallii, after the name of Harry Hall, a great collector of succulents from the area of the Northern Cape in South Africa, where this plant originates. This is probably one of the easiest variety of lithops to be grown at home, being the most tolerant to occasional incorrect watering. It is indeed one of the variety for which I have the highest survival rate.
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Thank you for the introduction to these interesting plants.
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These are really very cute plants that can brighten up any corner and take up very little space
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Some little green cuties! 🌱