Got my first lithops – so excited! Do you have lithops? Ever since I learned that these crazy little living rock things exist, I’ve wanted to start a collection. They are not so easy to find. The ones at Home Depot looked too sad for me (even me!!) to believe rescue was possible.
But one of our favorite family-owned nurseries got a batch of lithops in and my collection is officially started:
The nursery owner said right away that they had been over watered…because, well, rain, rain, rain.
Side note on the weather: Tough to see nurseries struggling because here in Southern California we are not used to having to shelter plants from the rain. I mean, over 10 years of drought, who would be? So – so many of their succulents are water logged, can really start to see the effects on the poor plants.
I have lithops, now how do I care for them?
At a glance, it seems like they would need to be cared for differently than other succulents. And for the most part this seems true, I found this great post on Lithops on Houseplant Care Guides (and immediately put my lithops out for more light! haha). Seems important to keep two things in mind – lots of light, not a lot of water.
I got this picture at the nursery of a poor little lithop that couldn’t take any more water. This is what happens – their skin splits. So sad.
When we got home I immediately got my two little guys out of their swamp houses and into new potting soil and did not water them. Oh I hope they survive and thrive!