I notice that there is a flower on your picture of a lithop. Could you please tell me at what age they flower and if there is a method to encouraging the flowering. I have a number but have never had flowers. Thanks
Often, adding cactus fertilizer will force them to flower. Here is an article for more information on their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/lithop/growing-living-stone-plants.htm
I love in NC, where it is fairly humid and stormy in summer. My greenhouse gets humid if I leave it closed during the day. Should I bring them inside? Poker does the sucky appearance really mean anything? I don't want to overwater.
This can mean a few different things. They do this when they need water, but they also do this when they are dying off.
Part of their natural process will be to put out replacement pups that you can't see until they emerge from under the original plant. They do this as they are dying off.
Yours don't look quite mature enough to be dying, so I would chalk it up to needing water. Give it a good soaking, then let all extra water drain out completely.
This article will help you to care for these plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/lithop/growing-living-stone-plants.htm
The discs are about 1mm diameter and are in clumps just below the surface.
These appear to be lithops. Keep the soil moist to kill them, or just pour boiling water on them a couple of times per day for a few days.
Here is an article that will explain more about these strange plants:
I don't believe they are lithops. The bed is not dry there are hundreds of them and they are between 1 and 2 mm in diameter they are too small
Hi I bought some lithops and thought one was going moldy and dying (another of the same batch did already), so I stupidly pulled it out worrying that the fungus would spread to the others, the dying lithop came away with a little tug but there were two tiny baby inside. I realize now it was just reproducing as part of it;s normal lifecycle, shoot. My question is, will the little babies survive? is there anything I can do to help them? they are only about a centimeter tall :(
You are right. The new "leaves" grow as the old leaves wither away. Ideally, you leave the old leaves on, they eventually turn to a papery sheath. All you can do is provide optimal care. Here are the growing conditions:
I've just lost several split rocks b/c of incorrect FB advice (every 2 weeks). Glad to find your site! I don't think these need much watering. . .
The best practice is to let the plants tell you when to water. They will start to shrivel when they need it. The time between waterings will depend on the environment, so waiting for some shrivel will cut out all doubt.
Here is an article that will help you to care for the plant:
Good day everyone. I got some Lithops from someone who was obviously watering them every winter. So they have two sets of old leaves still stuck on them and healthy (no sign of drying out) and it's going to be winter again soon so I'm estimating that these plants have been so over watered that they are now going on for their third year of being "stuck in winter". I'm worried the old leaves will choke the new plant because they have already made the plants grow right up away from the soil. Now it's obvious that I am NOT to water them until all sets of old leaves shrivel and die but is there not something else I can maybe do to prevent the plants from possibly dying? I want to know if I can cut the old leaves off with a small sharp scissors to help the plants back into the correct cycle of life?
I would not disturb them. They are going to be very slow growers. You can feed them, however, when you resume watering. Just be sure to mimic their native environment as much as you can.