Friday, June 15, 2012
Lithops Old and New
This little guy was found in a corner of the only nursery nearby that sells lithops. It had gotten knocked away from the others, and so was not getting overwatered. In fact, it had shriveled up and gone dormant. I wanted to see if completely wrinkled, dehydrated lithops could revive (that's me, ever curious!)--I brought it home and broke the rule of, "Don't water while the new leaves are emerging." That's an important rule and I've only broken it this once, in the interest of science, of course.
Sure enough, the lithops "reactivated" and began to use the old leaves to feed and water the new set. The new leaves are much more plump now, and the old leaves are quite shriveled, as you can see. I think the new leaves are going to be fine. I've seen pictures of lithops during the dry periods in S. Africa, and they are even more wrinkled than this. What a tough plant! Once these old leaves are thoroughly dessicated, I believe I can start giving the new leaves more regular waterings. If I'm wrong about that, let me know, I'm still learning the Mysterious Lithops Watering Cycle.