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lithops / lithops

It belongs to the aizoon family. The homeland is the rocky wasteland of South Africa.

General description : These are the so-called "living stones", which are very popular lately. Thick, moisture-filled leaves, shaped like pebbles, always grow in two. Height 1.5 - 5 cm. Every year this two dies off and fresh appears. Coloring is different - green, gray, pink, brown, with various specks and splashes.

Autumn usually bloom. The flowers are like daisies, yellow, white or pink.

Lithops are capricious, they need to provide stable and error-free care.

They grow very slowly; a scattering of "living stones" will fill the pot only after a few years.

recommendations for caring for the lithops plant:

Illumination : Light-loving, preferred southern windows, but in the spring should be carefully accustomed to direct sunlight to avoid burns.

Irrigation mode : In summer it is moderate, to the measure of the drying up of the earth, in winter it is very strange, if the temperature is above 15 ° C, and with a humid and cool atmosphere there is no water at all. The source of watering should coincide with the source of drying of the old two leaves. Water should not please in the hollow between leaves.

Humidity : Does not need spraying. She loves the fresh atmosphere, we need airing places.

Temperature : Moderate in the warm season. In winter, optimally 10-15 ° C.

Soil : Drainage is required. You can add charcoal and brick chips.

Recommended soil mash: 1 share of leafy land, 1 share of sand and 1/2 clay elements. Poorly transferred excess fertilizer, so feed only during the period of growth, if the plant this year did not transplant. Top dressing once a moon, fertilizer taken in half of the portion indicated on the package.

Cultivation : Layering, seeds (ascend at 20-25 ° C)

Transplant : Transplanted in the spring, at what time the pot is made tight (the roots begin to grow through the drainage holes). After transplanting a few days does not water.

Pests : Most often affected by mealybugs (covered with snow-white cotton-like fluff) and mushroom mosquitoes.

With a small infection, the plant is allowed to help trimming with soapy water and warm washing. In case of severe injury, spraying with an insecticide solution is recommended.

If the infection is detected during transplantation, the roots of the plant must be carefully cleaned from the ground, rinsed in insecticide solution and dried. Then transplant the plant into fresh ground.

Lithops - Lithops

lithops - lithops