|Quietly spectacular. (Photo: MR 2013)|
|(This is just one herd. A herd of Lithops? A gaggle? A pack?)|
1. If you want to cultivate true patience, grow Lithops from seed.
2. Lithops never do anything fast. Talking to them, singing to them, exhorting them to accomplish more with their time, no effect, ever. And that's a good thing.
3. It seems to me that a Lithops' most vulnerable time is during active re-leafing, as the new leaf set or sets actually emerges from the old pair. They just seem more sensitive to everything at this time.
4. When a Lithops is unhappy for whatever reason, it goes into stasis. The annoying thing is, it won't tell you why it's gone into stasis. Grr!
5. When a Lithops is really miserable, it turns to mush. That's the only thing a Lithops will do quickly.
6. Watch out for heat! Lithops like full sun, particularly morning sun, but if they are in pots, not in the ground, the entire plant can heat up very quickly. You won't know you cooked your Lithops for several days to a week. Then, mush and regret. During our hot months (March through November), my potted Lithops don't go outside at all.
7. Every Lithops is an individual. You can put them all on the same schedule, but that won't always work out. They are stubborn individualists!
8. Finally, the longer you live with Lithops, the more amazing you will find them. Keep trying, and you will succeed!
|The Bloom of Success.|