"Living stones" - flowers that can surprise
Once an English scientist-botanist Burchell,traveling to Africa, made a halt next to the pebbles. Imagine his surprise when he looked closely, he realized that these are plants that repeat the shape of the stones surrounding them. So, in 1811, there were discovered "living stones" - flowers of lithospis turbineforms. Now there are more than 60 species and subspecies of these amazing plants. And they are becoming more popular among amateur growers.
How to look "living stones" - flowers
Imagine the similarity of these uniqueinhabitants of arid regions of our planet with fragments of rocks, pebbles and stones are so great that sometimes even natural scientists do not immediately recognize them! Yes, people, animals that feed on lithopses, can not always find these "mimicry champions".
Externally, these are two thick intergrown leaves, betweenwhich leaves a more or less deep gap. It is in it after a while there is a white, yellow or pink flower, like a daisy. It opens in the afternoon and closes in the evening. The size of a flower can exceed the leaves.
Water can kill a "living stone"
This flower lives in extremely dryareas of South Africa, where the annual rainfall is only 200 mm, so your pets can not stand the water on the leaves. And water them should be very carefully, preferably in a tray, pouring off a couple of hours of excess water, so as not to cause rotting roots. And only in the spring, summer and autumn (to November), making sure that the soil between the watering properly dried. In winter, the lithops are left without water! Signal to the fact that it's time to start again carefully watering, new leaves will appear.
«Living stones "- flowers that love the sun (but not scorching), fresh air and are not afraid of drafts. They can decorate the balcony, but protect the plants from the rain!
Choosing a pot and soil
After buying a "pebble" must be transplanted.Lithops have a rod-shaped root, which extends deeply into the soil. But putting them in a deep pot is not necessary. These amazing plants do not feel bad in low (but not very small), wide, preferably ceramic (for better evaporation of excess moisture), pots.
At the bottom lay the drainage in the form of broken bricksor expanded clay. And the ground for planting is mixed with sand and clay. The best substratum for a lithoplast transplantation is considered to be a mixture of clayey-sod and leafy earth, coarse-grained sand and broken bricks in the ratio 1/1/2/1.
As«living stones "- flowers that do not like solitude, they should be planted in groups, sprinkling the space between them with small pebbles and pebbles.
You can not water the flowers before transplanting, so it's betterthe wounds on the roots applied during the planting will heal. From the ground to release the roots of the lithops, you need to be very careful, piercing the toothpick with an earthen lump, so that it loosens up and itself fall from the root. So that the root neck does not rot, it is not buried in the ground, but covered with stones.
Soon, "flower-stone" - a living and very unusual inhabitant of your apartment - will become a favorite for the whole family, surprising with beauty and ability to mimicry.