Few things compare to change stones and pebbles again and again – Lithops-scaping. Playful with Lithops bromfieldii var. mennellii, the new toy.First impressions.
First 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.
A 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.
But this one isn’t bad either!
And the little one is still there, too.
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.
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.
One never knows how a little Lithops may look after hatching. For it is a hatch when the cotyledon slowly dries up and just a papery shell reminds you of the first stage of the little Lithops‘ life. While the window in the cotyledon opens, you get a first idea of the colour the primary pair of true leaves will show. And if you are lucky, there will be a little jewel growing.
While most of the adult Lithops have a distinct pattern, the youngsters may play on the gay side. This one seems to mimick with a little peace of seramis!
Here you see three 85 day old Lithops seedlings, L. bromfieldii and L. lesliei.
The same little L. bromfieldii a fortnight later. The empty seed still strongly attached to the completely dry cotyledon.
You see the colour? This makes a lithops-grower feel happy!
This is my awesome little orange Lithops bromfieldii – 122 days old and 0,8cm ‘big’. – Lets see how the colour changes with time and with the next pair of leaves.