The Summer Home for my Lithops
I grow my lithops outside during the frost free part of the year. They receive approximately 6 to 8 hours of direct sun daily. To manage the amount of water they receive, I place them on a small platform (shown) that is covered with clear plastic.
The plastic only covers the top and back of the frame, thus allowing good air circulation.
The cover is easily removed when I want to examine or water the plants. Space is limited to 60 to 80 pots depending on the size of the pots. The surface area of the platform equals the space I have inside the house where the lithops will spend the winter. On average I move the plants outside in late April and back inside in late October.
The photo to the right was taken today, October 2, 2013. I've moved the plastic cover back off the platform to show the plants in flower. Almost all the plants shown were grown from seed. I have done a little pollinating but I'm not sure why; maybe just to enjoy watching the seed capsules develop. I really don't have room for a lot more plants. I sold, or gave away, 18 adult lithops this summer at our (Washington, D.C. C&S Society) local society show and sale. While my C&S collection is a general mix of many types of cacti and other succulents, I have more lithops than any other genera, although the numbers of astrophytum cacti in the collection is growing rapidly. :)
Lithops are neat plants and I really enjoy growing them.