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Lithops have been a passion of mine for over a decade.  I remember the first time I saw an adult Lithops at the local greenhouse; I was enchanted by their uniqueness and of course, just had to have one (or three)!  This is my first attempt at cultivating Lithops at home.  This blog will serve as a diary of sorts, tracking the trials and tribulations of growing these bewitching little plants from seed in an average home environment!

 

18 responses to “About

  1. Julie

    April 19, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Hey! Great site 🙂 I bought some lithops from a florist a couple of years back… and they were extremely expensive. Then, a few months later, I saw them at Canadian Tire for only $4 each. Any idea who in Ottawa would have them in stock right now?

     
    • bonseyes

      April 20, 2014 at 1:57 am

      Thanks! You know, I’ve never seen a Lithops for sale anywhere in Ottawa so I’d be interested to hear if you find some. I saw a bunch in China Town in Toronto once, but they were planted with other succulents so I didn’t buy any. Perhaps a local greenhouse would have some? I did speak to someone who found Lithops at Walmart once but I’ve never been so lucky. Good luck in your search and remember to post back if you locate some plants 🙂

       
      • Emily

        June 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm

        Just found this blog! Very informative. There are for sure some lithops for sale right now at Scrim’s florist on Elgin and Somerset!

         
  2. David

    July 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Glad I found this blog! I’m a recent succulent addict, and lithops are definitely very cool and interesting I’ve got myself a few so far they’re doing well! And even better that you’re also Canadian! So the environment and season changes are same as me so this is my new favourite lithops site!
    Where do you buy your plants, by the way? Not the seeds, but the actual lithops. Or do you grow all of your lithops from seed?

     
    • bonseyes

      July 29, 2014 at 2:05 am

      Hi David! I’m happy you like the site!

      I’ve purchased adult Lithops from Conos Paradise in Germany and Mesa Gardens in New Mexico. I was nervous to ship Lithops from Germany to Canada, but they did very very well and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. Shipping costs weren’t too bad either – 5 euros for 6 plants – and definitely worth it for the quality.

      http://www.conos-paradise.com/

       
  3. David

    July 29, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Wow, thanks for the link! I’ve been getting my plants from valley succulents and usually 3-4 plants for $12, more than that I think it’s $15 for more. Definitely will check this place out!
    I don’t have a neat blog like yours, but here’s my album for my plants collection so far!
    https://imgur.com/a/O83hf#10

     
    • bonseyes

      July 31, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Wow! What a beautiful collection of plants, David! I would love to branch out into some of the other succulents, and I will one day, but right now, a certain furry housemate (with a plant eating obsession) only allows me to keep plants that look like rocks :/

       
      • David

        August 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

        Thank you 🙂 I’m quite new to this but as you can see it’s quite addicting!
        Ah I see, haha that’s too bad but also cute at the same time! Is it a cat?
        I guess your Lithops are really using their natural “mimicry” ability for this situation then!

         
      • bonseyes

        August 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm

        Yes, she’s a cat. She has a penchant for eating all greenery…it really is an obsession with her. I’m happy to report that so far, the Lithops have gone unnoticed!

         
  4. David

    August 5, 2014 at 3:11 am

    AW haha. That’s good!

    One quick question about my Lithops.. They are all in one pot, but one flowered recently and now the flower dies. The others seem to be stalled at the moment, what should I do in regards to watering? I heard you have to seize watering once the flower dies, is that true? Or should I keep on watering them lightly every 2 weeks or so, so they don’t start to regenerate until later this winter?

     
    • bonseyes

      August 5, 2014 at 10:38 am

      This is a tough one. It is true that you are supposed to stop watering after the flower dies, however, that flower was quite early. Typically, Lithops in our area would not flower until the Fall (September/October) and would be ready for their winter sleep soon after. Flowering is triggered by decreasing light and I saw you have them sitting in a nice big window, so I’m surprised it flowered. But it did, so now what to do. I would take your watering cues from the others. If they all go dormant, fine, but if the others put on a pouty face, I would water. This is one of the downfalls of having many Lithops in the same pot. I feel they look best in a nice grouping, but they are more difficult to care for. I recently split up my large pot of 3 yr old Lesliei for this reason :/

       
      • David

        August 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

        Yeah, in fact, the other thing is that they were purchased separately. The one flowered was already showing a bit of a bud when I got it from local nursery, and soon as it got to my windowsill it just keep spitting out the flower bud and flowered 2 weeks after. I know the challenges and risks of having many different ones in one pot, but I simply don’t have enough space to grow them separately… I will do as you said, only water them when the other ones look sad, soft and wrinkly, and see how that goes.!
        How do I know if they’re dormant? Right now it definitely seems like they’re not doing much, especially my bella and the aucampiae.

         
      • David

        August 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm

        By the way, where do you grow your Lithops? Do you have them outdoor?

         
  5. bonseyes

    August 6, 2014 at 3:00 am

    I consider them dormant when they aren’t flowering or renewing leaves or actively growing. In my mind, this is the period after the old leaves have been fully absorbed and the new plant bodies are nice and fat and round. I don’t follow a set watering schedule, I watch for the plants to get a little wrinkly before I water. When they are dormant, they don’t ask for a lot of water so watching for the wrinkles is the best way, in my opinion, to determine the best time to water. I’ve read conflicting stories on how to water during the summer, but the best advice, I think, is to never water a turgid Lithops. Aside from that, I’m still in the trial and error period. Some people say to water lightly until late August when you can give a good soaking to help induce flowering and others say to water deeply every time they ask for a drink. I’m leaning towards watering lightly, until late summer, but I really only have four pots of adults so it’s hard to gauge. Most of my plants are yearlings and they are a whole other problem as they don’t seem to follow any rules!

    I grow my Lithops in a south facing window. I did have them outside this summer but I found the high humidity here in Ottawa to be problematic for them. I also lost three of my biggest Lesliei plants to the squirrels so the decision was quickly made to move them back inside :/ My seedlings are grown under lights but I move them to the natural sunlight once they reach a year of age.

     
    • David

      August 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      I see, thanks! It definitely seems like a few of them are dormant at the moment, then. (The bella and aucompiae) But they do look kind of wrinkly at the sides, not the window. I think for now I’ll follow my 10-14 days light watering schedule for these guys and see how they do.
      South facing window would be nice, the windows in my apartment are unfortunately all north-west facing, so definitely not enough strong direct light for them, but so far they seem to be okay with good indirect light throughout the day + the help of growing lights.
      Thanks again for the help!

       
  6. David

    September 1, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Hey there! How’s your yearlings from Germany doing? Unfortunately I think I had lost one of them… and it happens to be my favourite one julii fullergreen :((

     
    • bonseyes

      September 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Oh, I’m sorry David. That was a really nice plant. I’d recommend buying the three year old plants from that site. I’m having a bit of trouble with my German yearlings too, but so far, touch wood, have not lost any. Maybe the trip is too hard on them when they are so small?

       
      • David

        September 3, 2014 at 4:33 am

        I see, yea the other 4 are liking their new home and even after one watering they’re still looking very healthy, but the fullergreen is officially gone, it started to lose its colour around the 3rd day and then just slowly shriveled and dried up, not sure what could’ve been the problem :(.

        I might try a few yearlings again, since I already have a pot of adult Lithops, and also I noticed that my pot could hold a few more tiny Lithops, otherwise right now they’re kind of too swamped in a 4″ pot.

         

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