Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lithops portraits 2018 (15 pics)

In case you haven't noticed I'm on vacation :)
Which means finally time to take care of my (mostly plant related) hobbies. And I don't have to tell you how much I enjoy the company of my cat. All of it is so relaxing. Playing with Mila, checking on the plants, napping with Mila, taking some plant pictures. It's the paradise on earth. I hurt my back recently (which sucks) but it gives me a legit excuse to just be lazy and enjoy myself.

Now I'm just gonna spam you with some Lithops photos :D

L. ruschiorum. Love their new faces.

L. marmorata. Very slow old leaf digestion.

L. marmorata 'Polepsky Smaragd'. Good shape and color is only possible by very careful watering.

L. localis. These guys start to stretch as soon as I start thinking of watering them. They are tiny but it's the only way to keep them alive.

L. aucampiae are more difficult than you think. I've killed a lot of them so far. This is a really nice specimen though.

L. bromfieldii v. mennellii. Love the texture.

L. lesliei ssp. burchellii (C302). Love the fluid pattern.

L. lesliei ssp. lesliei v. venteri. Nice and flat. Got them as adults in 2011.

L. lesliei ssp. lesliei v. venteri 'Ventergreen' (C001A). These are 7 year old seedlings.

L. lesliei ssp. lesliei v. lesliei 'Albinica' (C036A). Got them in a hardware store in 2012.

L. lesliei ssp. lesliei v. lesliei (grey form) (C008). Got them in 2010.

L. bromfieldii v. insularis (C042). I haven't had a very good experience with multiheaded plants in my environment. But L. bromfieldii are hard to kill so I gave it a try last year. It regenerated fine so it should be okay now.


  1. I love all the pictures on your blog... very inspiring

  2. Thank you so much! And thank you for visiting :)

  3. Wonderful blog entry. You know what? I really do like lithops, and I really do admire those who grow them well. I've never grown L. ruschiorum. Not really sure why, although I have seemed to shy away from the very light colored species and varieties. I think I am growing, or have grown all the others you showed in this blog entry. I also love the leaf top patterns on burchelli and venteri (your burchelli is very beautiful) and the fact that lesliei grows so easily makes it even better, although my burchelli plants tend to be on the small side, which I think I remember Hammer indicating was normal for them.

    Thanks for sharing you wonderful lithops for me. My lithops are doing well this year and inspired by your blog I will go out tomorrow and spend some quality time with them. I've watered them much better this year and they look firm and happy.

    Enjoy your vacation and time with Mila, I am sure she enjoys it as much as you do. Thanks for the lithops eye candy; did I mention I like lithops. ;)

    1. Thank you Bob! Lesliei are very photogenic indeed, with all those fine lines :) Glad your plants are doing well these days, too. Mine are getting as much sunlight as possible. Still, I think unlike yours, mine will probably not flower much this year anyway. But the sun is really good for the patterns and colors.

      Mila spends a lot of time sleeping on the stone floor in the bathroom. Too hot. Have a nice day with your plants! :D

  4. Nice plants. Thank you for the photos.