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When to water a Lapidaria

Lapidaria margaretae are getting more popular, which is awesome. They’re a good challenge, especially if you haven’t owned one before. I wrote a guide a while back to show you how I raise mine, but of course I forgot to show you what a Lapidaria looks like when it needs water. For a loving plant mom/dad it’s hard to look at a plant for months without watering it. Lapidaria need very little water. I water mine every 4 months (± 1 month) and only when it wrinkles up like in the first picture. If you water when it’s plump, the leaves will crack open, which will ruin the nice and clean marshmallow-like appearance.
Remember to keep a Lapidaria in a small pot to make sure the soil dries out as fast as possible. I keep my plant in a tiny 3 cm terra-cotta pot with pure diatomaceous earth (cat litter).

This is basically how I’ve been taking care of my Lapidaria since I bought it in October 2015.