Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Is this Lithops going to be 8 "things" after splitting?

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Apr 6, 2016 4:56 PM CST
Had for about 3 yrs. It started as 2 "things" with 2 halves each. Now it's 4. Is it getting ready to be 8? Is there a technical term for the things - rosette doesn't feel right? TIA!

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DaisyI
Apr 6, 2016 5:21 PM CST
The common name is 'split stone' so maybe we can just say your rocks are cracking up. Rolling on the floor laughing
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purpleinopp
Apr 6, 2016 5:29 PM CST
LOL!! That's too funny! TYVM!
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purpleinopp
Jun 29, 2016 9:51 AM CST
I just don't understand this plant at all but I think they look happy enough. I usually take a pic from directly overhead. This is more sideways & shows how tall they've gotten over the past 3 yrs.


What are your Lithops/living stones/living rocks doing?
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plantmanager
Jun 29, 2016 10:29 AM CST
What are your Lithops/living stones/living rocks doing?
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Mine just die! I'm impressed. Yours look good to me.

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gasrocks
Jun 29, 2016 10:38 AM CST
They look good but I thought it was required that they live in a bowl surrounded by small round stones. Gene
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purpleinopp
Jun 29, 2016 10:46 AM CST
Awww, so sorry! TY though!! This pair gets about an hour of sun in the morning, never watered when it's cold (below about 50.) I wish they were easier to find, I'd buy more, one thing I have space for - LOL!!
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gasrocks
Jun 29, 2016 10:47 AM CST
Have you tried growing them from seed? Some say it is fairly easy to do. Gene
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purpleinopp
Jun 29, 2016 11:00 AM CST
TY! I haven't, but would love to try. Seeds of all kinds are quite shy about sprouting anywhere near me though, besides Zinnias, thankfully.
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DaisyI
Jun 29, 2016 11:04 AM CST
Here's what mine are doing. No direct sun but blindly bright. I water when they feel soft.

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tarev
Jun 29, 2016 11:18 AM CST
Oh lovely Lithops! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Sighing! Sighing! I kill them always after overwintering...so staying away from it for now..so tempting to buy them when I see them at our local BBS...just had to walk away..
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purpleinopp
Jun 29, 2016 12:04 PM CST
Completely awesome, Daisy! Looks like it was enough to get a couple recent blooms. The ones toward the upper left look like something else.
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DaisyI
Jun 29, 2016 12:09 PM CST
Hi Tarev,

I was killing them too but one year, I was down to one "rock" so put it out under the carport and told it to die. No water, no protection, except from rain (Zone 8). To my surprise, in the spring it was alive and well and growing! It's the green one on the right. I suspect if you toss yours outside for the winter in a dry spot, it will thrive. Humid but dry and cool. I decided that must be the formula for success. Now it lives on a back shelf in my greenhouse, the shadiest spot I could find and it gets watered when the "rocks" get soft.

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DaisyI
Jun 29, 2016 12:10 PM CST
Yes, it bloomed white. The upper one is something different. I think Baja told me what it was but I have forgotten.
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tarev
Jun 29, 2016 12:27 PM CST
Ah yes, I did leave mine alone during winter it goes okay to that point..it is afterwards that I killed it as Spring returns! Maybe I should have just kept it indoors by our sunny window, but not outdoors where it just gets too dry, or my timing was too early to bring it out from overwintering, or wrong timing for watering...oh well...

Next to Lithops, I also killed Split Rock (Pleiospilos nelii)..so I stay away from them for now. Both have similar growing attributes...in time will learn, will keep your pointers Daisy thanks!
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alovealoe
Jun 30, 2016 1:29 PM CST
Your lithops look etiolated. They shouldn't stretch up so high like that. I believe they need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day, but ideally they would be in the sun all day long.

Sometimes lithops will double after splitting and shedding their old leaf pair. You can call them single or double headed lithops.
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RuuddeBlock
Jun 30, 2016 1:49 PM CST
Try this if you want to keep them happy:

http://www.lithops.info/

(works for me, I do not drown them anymore...)

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purpleinopp
Jun 30, 2016 4:36 PM CST
TY, I appreciate the suggestions, but am not interested in changing the mini garden at this time. The Lithops have been there for 3 yrs. I would love to find more to put other places though! I have another mini garden that's in more sun, and having some inside for winter would be fun too. They would fit right on windowsills in tiny pots.
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