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Lithops karasmontana AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Cactus/Succulent or Houseplant

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

White in Autumn

Foliage

Pale Brown in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Karas Mountains living stone

Family

Aizoaceae


Lithops are nearly stemless, succulent perennials forming bodies composed of a pair of very fleshy leaves, the flattish tips bearing translucent dots or patches; daisy-like flowers emerge from the fissure between the leaves

L. karasmontana is a clump-forming succulent perennial to 4cm in height, with pairs of pale beige leaves, patterned with brown at the tips, and white flowers 3-4cm across in autumn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or North-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a standard cactus compost with added leaf mould, in bright, filtered light, with good ventilation. When in growth water moderately and feed every two or three weeks with a balanced liquid feed. Keep almost dry in the winter

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Neutral, Alkaline or Acid
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 19 - 21ÂșC in early spring or by offsets

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Susceptible to aphids and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free