How to Grow Your Own Lithops

More commonly known as a ‘living stone plant’ for its rock-like appearance, lithops are small and easy to care for.


| Spring 2016


Doug Dawson has a quick and easy method to grow lithops using red plastic cups. The instructions are as follows:

1. Poke 7 to 8 holes in the bottom of a red plastic cup (a sturdy leather needle will do it).

2. Pour in about 1 inch of sand into the cup.

3. Next, partly fill with normal, slightly moist soil mix. Often I use 2 parts gravel-sand, 1 part desert dirt (not clay!), and 2 parts pumice. Leave about a 3/4-inch space at the top. Carefully wash down the interior upper sides with a spray bottle so that no dust is present (see footnote below).

4. Fill top with about 1/2-inch of sterilized, finer soil mix. I usually wet the sterile mix a bit before I add it since it may not wet well in the water bath (see #7 below). You can sterilize soil in a toaster oven.

5. Distribute the seeds; methods vary slightly depending on size, shape and type.





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