Playing with stones

lithops mennellii 1Few things compare to change stones and pebbles again and again – Lithops-scaping. Playful with Lithops bromfieldii var. mennellii, the new toy.Lithops-scaping with L. bromf. mennellii 1First impressions.

Lithops bromfieldii mennellii 4First thorough watering for these newcomers. Weather has been warm but not too sunny, so I think they have adapted to local climate meanwhile. More than one-year-old Lithops are watered once a month with a flush of water, able to wash away salt deposits. For this purpose the pot gets water over a period of a few hours, until you can tell the soil is wet everywhere. Then the pot is gently flooded until water pours out freely.  Inbetween the waterings all my Lithops get sprinkled every other day, like heavy dew, preferably  in the early evening. Watering is never done during a hot weather spell.

Lithops mennellii lossA few days later: Two of them are growing – you can tell they emerge from the soil. The third – the big one – is collapsing. Tissue collaps in Lithops is fulminant – nothing you can do. Sad loss – this little mennellii was really cute.

playing with stones 6
But this one isn’t bad either!

playing with stones 6
And the little one is still there, too.

playing with stones 7: Lithops bromfieldii mennellii
In march and april the bigger one goes through a strange moult: a regular new head, as it seems, and a little new head at one side.

playing with stones 8: Lithops bromfieldii mennellii
But a few weeks later it is obvious what happened: the plant produced a new pair of leaves and immediately a next growth of two heads.

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