Flowering Lithops

It was only as I was damping down one of the greenhouses

DSM_7626that I noticed the flowers.

DSM_7649For most of the year, my lithops sit in their pots like well behaved little pebble plants or living stones (their other names).

DSM_7644But in autumn, having spent several months doing very little, their time in the limelight has arrived.

DSM_7642The flowers are exquisite

DSM_7635and each one lasts a few days.

DSM_7630Lithops need very little care:

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April 2012

I start watering when the new leaves appear through the old shriveled pair in spring; carry on once or twice a week till autumn and then stop completely over winter.  They need a sharp-draining compost mix and a hot, sunny windowsill or greenhouse.

DSM_7651Just don’t forget about their brief moment of glory (as I almost did).

It is quite worth the wait.

25 thoughts on “Flowering Lithops

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  2. Those must be the neatest, best displayed, healthiest pebbles I’ve ever seen. Others may not be overly fond of lithops but I love them and finally got my first one this spring. I can only hope it does as well, but I’ll be satisfied if it manages to stay alive. Love the pictures as well as the subjects.

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  3. Uuterly charming flowers erupting from decidely curious source. I have promised myself that once I have what I can call an established garde, rather than a giant jigsaw of projects, I will grow pretty things in the greenhouse. Definitely lots of interesting pelargoniums, plus alpines. Now, plus these There is something special about a plant that spends most of the year looking so weird before erupting with such pretty flowers. Wonder if I will manage to find the bookmark when I get around to that phase?!

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  4. Hi Dave,
    they DO look like a bit of old shoe or an unwanted donor organ, but they also look like there’s a promise in there waiting for the right moment to tell you otherwise. I’m amazed you can get them to grow at all in the UK – testament to your rare skill with all things green and growing.

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  5. I’ve never seen them flower before, they are beautiful. Unfortunately, I do not have a window sill. I think this is common in French houses, the window sills are outside. I do miss window sills and airing cupboards.

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