Living Stones - Lithops aucampiae

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Scientific Name
Lithops aucampiae

Common Name
Living Stone, Flowering Stone, Stone Face

Originates in South Africa

The Living Stones just might be the weirdest-looking plant you'll ever see. True to their name, they look more like pebbles than living plants, but this incredible succulent is really alive and kicking! It achieves its unique appearance by growing two wide, fleshy leaves which are rounded or flattened on top, creating its stony appearance. In the wild, they grow on stony ground, blending in with normal, non-living rocks, in arid conditions where their thick leaves help retain water. In ideal conditions, the Lithops will flower, with the bloom growing between the two leaves and adding to this incredible plant's unique appearance.

Needs plenty of light; choose a sunny windowsill that gets a couple of hours of morning or evening sun year-round

Allow the soil to totally dry out between waters

Humidity is not important for the Lithops; a hose down every so often will help keep it free of dust and pests.

Make sure the soil drains well as Lithops roots really don't like sitting wet. Use a Cactus and succulent mix, and add extra grit for drainage if possible. Repot every 3-4 years in spring as the plant grows.

Feed every two months in the growing season, and reduce to every three in autumn and winter.

Ideal temperature is 5-32°C.

Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
Once your Lithops is three years old, it may start to flower. Most likely to flower at the end of summer or in autumn, you can give it the best chance by ensuring it gets a couple of hours of morning or evening sun each day.


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