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My seed grown Lithops just turned 5!

The Lithops “seedlings” don’t get much attention on this blog anymore. Mostly because they don’t actually do anything at all. They’re slightly dehydrated after a good and warm spring and summer without any water. Right about now would be the growing season for adult Lithops. They need water before they start splitting in late fall/winter and then you stop watering again until the old leaf set is dry like a piece of paper. I keep these guys in my South facing window in the living room. So far they haven’t shown signs of etiolation.

I’m not actually sad because they’re not growing bigger or blooming. I just kept 4 seed grown Lithops alive for 5 whole years (+1 month)!

Lithops in spring

My store bought Lithops (bought in early 2016) are still hanging in there after another winter on my balcony. I watered them last week and they plumped up nicely. I may be able to water them once more in spring before the warm weather sets in. If not, they will survive just fine for the next 6 months without water.

I really love the bright, almost white Lithops, even though they’re slightly etiolated from the lack of sun. When the sun shines behind them, the top of the plant looks almost see through.

Lithops seedlings, 4 years + 4 months

We’re at the end of 2019 and things are going great here in my apartment. The Lithops seedlings are getting pretty big, although the green one seems to have stalled. They’re not getting any more water until spring, even if they look like they need it. The old leaf sets should contain all the water they need for the next 3 months until it’s safe to water again.

I hope you will all have a great 2020! Next year I’m starting at a new job and probably won’t be posting here as often, at least for the first couple of months. I do have a couple of exciting things I want to show you in the new year ?

Lithops

A pot full of happy Lithops. They were watered by the rain, woke up from dormancy and plumped up, but I think now is the time to water them anyway. We’re heading for fall and the sunny days in Denmark are pretty much over. The perfect time for my fall-growing plants!

It’s been a couple of years since they last flowered. I’m crossing my fingers and hope they flower this fall.

The Lithops seedlings turned 4!

Like most of my seed grown plants, I didn’t think the Lithops would survive this long. They just turned 4 a couple of days ago and the biggest plants are only the size of my thumb nail. None of them show signs of stretching, so they’re getting the perfect amount of light, and they’re nice and plump, like they’re supposed to be. Just not in summer.. They’re splitting way too early, too.

These are my very first ever seed grown succulents and they have a special place in my heart.

Lithops, 3 years + 10 months

My Lithops seedlings are now barely 4 years old. The few I have left have finally started to grow a little faster. I’ve read that Lithops can flower after somewhere between 3-4 years, but I think mine are still too small. It would be so cool to raise a Lithops from seeds and then see it flower for the first time. This was my original goal with this blog (hence the blog name).

Lithops, 3 years + 8 months

These Lithops just don’t seem to grow at all. They’re splitting and growing new leaves, but the size of the new leaves remain the same size as the old ones. It doesn’t matter too much, because they’re alive and looking great.

The current size of the biggest one is about 7 mm. I just watered them for the first time since fall last year and the little wrinkles are filling in.

The impossible Lithops

Sometimes Lithops split open and reveal two new leaf sets instead of just one. They basically develop a clone of themselves. Last time this Lithops split, it tried to double, but ended up with half of a twin with only 1 leaf. I didn’t think the odd one would be able to split again – I mean, where would the new leaves emerge from? Turns out that there’s a way for Lithops to look even more explicit than they normally do.