Pot size 8cm diameter
Height approximately 1-2cm
Lithops salicola ‘Malachite’, Lithops come from very dry areas of South Africa, and in the wild, they mimic the stones around them.
Each plant body consists of two succulent leaves that are joined together. Each year the Lithops grows a new pair of leaves, and the old leaves become dried up, and then will eventually split open, showing the new ones underneath. You can see the remains of the old leaves at the bottom of these plants. Sometimes two pairs of leaves will appear where there was only one before and they may grow into large clumps. Daisy-like flowers appear from between the two leaves between summer and winter but only when the plant is about 3 years old. It is after the flowers fade, that a new plant will grow beneath the outer leaves. Through winter and into early spring, the new plant continues to grow while the outer leaves begin to wrinkle and shrink. The new leaves subsist solely on the water and nutrients from the old leaves, and for this time, the roots are basically put out of service.
When the new growth becomes large enough, the outer leaves begin to split and dry out until the new plant fully emerges. Roots that dried out are replaced by new roots. Depending on the climate, Lithops in hot summer settings may go dormant or partially dormant until it’s time to flower again.
Care as follows:
- Full-sun (3-5 hours a day)
- *****Do not water them until the old leaves have completely dried up, usually about June. Carry on watering them until the end of October and then stop completely until next June****
- DOES NOT LIKE BEING COLD AND WET