I grow mine in pots, they're inside my greenhouse most of the year but I just moved them outside to a shadehouse. (I covered one of those 10x20 carport things you can buy with a piece of shadecloth). I do have photos, but I'm visiting my parents and they are on my home computer.
I bought a bunch last summer but they almost all died when I transplanted them from their plastic pots into clay pots. The ones that survived flowered and split, but I was too afraid to water them much through the winter, so they looked very shriveled most of the time, poor things!
Yeah mine are looking a little shrivaled also. I took a chance and watered them the other day in the morning and put them outside all day in the sun on a nice day. They look better now but its a fine line to water them when its not warm. ha!
They're not hard. Almost a rubbery feel to them. They do make pups, but I've never tried to remove one. All the plants in my photo started off as single plants, and now there are two in the pots.
Gee, looking at the photo, those plants all had a hard summer! The lithops got too much sun at first, but survived with the scorch marks you see. Then we got too much rain, and the little mammillaria at the top rotted and died, I lost a few of the lithops too, and something ate the Haemanthus in the yellow pot all the way back to the bulb.
nice susan. I love them. They should survive the hot/dry ok but the rain will rot them for sure. I have mine inside on a sunny windowsill mainly to control the watering. It rains here a fair bit.
Mark- if you stepped on one you'd squash it, there like a succulent inside, able to survive extreme dry periods.
And if you leave them in a pot and don't divide them they will eventually spread out and fill the pot..slowely.
Found this interesting pic
Name: BlueFox Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
I must say that I like the multicoloured gravel for mulch better than the white, although the colours of the Lithops stand out in that. Very gorgeous plants Bree - I can't wait until my tiny seedlings get big enough to show their markings.
They are great presents for kids, although you have to have a serious talk with parents about watering them. My nephews call them the "butt-crack" plants. (sorry if that offends anyone) They were thrilled to get them, I had a bunch and let them pick out the colors they wanted.