Thursday, October 24, 2013

Too Much Water For Lithops

What happens when you water Lithops too much? I've read about it, heard that they can burst open, but it has never happened to any of my Lithops before.

Well, there's a first time for everything.

Lithops julii with dry fissure on October 17, 2013

Lithops julii with fresh fissure on October 17, 2013

Lithops julii with fissures on its side from too much water (October 17, 2013)

By now the second fissure (the right one in the picture above) has opened up a lot further (it actually looks quite alarming) but the surface has also dried up. Luckily they will grow a new pair of leaves now anyway and these wounds will soon be forgotten.
But looking at this, I can understand how "too much water" can easily equal "Lithops death". Just imagine all the germs and infections that could have entered my dear little plant through this huge gap!

Lithops julii with big, dried up fissure on its side (October 24, 2013)

But even though they've suffered a little, giving up is never an option for Lithops! Today I discovered this:

Lithops julii flower bud on injured plant on October 24, 2013

So I hope that this little trooper will survive these wounds and will just continue with a new pair of leaves next year... as if nothing ever happened.
I sure have learned when NOT to water my Lithops.


  1. Some mesembs. seem much more prone to splitting like Tanquana but seem to survive.

  2. If you hold the plant to a good light source, but keep the fissure in shadow, you can see the light transmitting properties of the plant. Mine split recently and I accidentally noticed illumination at the fissure. Some varieties grow entirely underground (you only see the epidural window) because light transmission is so effective.