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James1991
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lithops

Post by James1991 » Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:49 pm

can lithops be grown outside? i think they are pretty cool and they are also pretty cheap in my local gc


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Re: lithops

Post by Conifers » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:13 pm

In Namibia, yes. In Britain, no. Sorry!


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Re: lithops

Post by call » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:31 pm

They ARE hardy to -5 or so but have to be kept bone dry and should only be watered in winter if it looks like they are really suffering.

so a plant for an unheated greenhouse :D
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Re: lithops

Post by GREVILLE » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:42 pm

Probably the plant that has the least impact in a garden setting. After all, it's easily mistaken for a pebble.

However, it should most definitely be grown outside...before being put inside a greenhouse for winter. As it's a small curiosity it would look great in a mini-garden mixed with other dwarf cacti and succulents in some elegant terracotta poking out of a contrasting gravel dressing.


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Re: lithops

Post by James1991 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 2:18 pm

i know what you mean about them being mistaken for pebbles but ive seen large groups planted together and i thought they looked pretty cool :) how do they cope with humidity in a greenhouse?


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Re: lithops

Post by Conifers » Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:01 pm

James1991 wrote:i know what you mean about them being mistaken for pebbles but ive seen large groups planted together and i thought they looked pretty cool :)
Ooops, sorry, just trod on them! .... Errr, well you see I thought it was a gravel path ..... :oops: :lol:
James1991 wrote:how do they cope with humidity in a greenhouse?
Depends on the greenhouse - if it's set to humid tropical then no, if it's set to dry heat, then fine.


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Re: lithops

Post by JoelR » Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:08 am

Not lithops but there are other mesembs well worth growing outside.


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