How to Care for Lithops Succulents?

How to Care for Lithops Succulents?

Taking care of your lithops, those fascinating living stones require mimicking their natural desert habitat while pampering them with just the right amount of attention. Here’s a guide to keep your tiny rocks thriving:

Sunlight for living stones:

  • Sun Seekers: Lithops love bright, indirect sunlight for at least 4-5 hours daily. They tolerate some morning sun but can burn in harsh afternoon heat.
  • Summer Shades: During scorching summers, provide filtered light or shade protection, especially in very hot climates.

Watering living stones:

  • Water Wisely: This is crucial! Water deeply only when the soil is completely dry. Overwatering is their biggest enemy, leading to rot and mushiness.
  • Seasonal Shifts: During their warm growing season (spring-summer), water thoroughly when dry. In winter dormancy, water very sparingly, like once a month, if at all.

Soil & Potting:

  • Drainage Dream Team: Well-draining soil is key! Opt for a cactus/succulent mix or create your own with equal parts gritty sand, perlite, and cactus/succulent soil. Avoid organic matter that retains moisture.
  • Terracotta Time: Terracotta pots with drainage holes allow for good air circulation and prevent excess moisture. Plastic pots can work, but ensure good drainage and monitor moisture levels closely.


  • Desert Delights: Lithops thrive in warm temperatures, ideally between 65-80°F. They tolerate heat up to 90-100°F but protect them from freezing temperatures.
  • Winter Slumber: During dormancy, cooler temperatures (around 45-55°F) are preferred. Avoid placing them near heaters or vents.

General Care on How to Care for Lithops Succulents?:

  • No Feeding Frenzy: Lithops don’t need much fertilizer. Over-fertilizing can harm them. If using, dilute a succulent fertilizer and apply sparingly during their growing season.
  • Less is More: Avoid handling them excessively, as they are delicate. Be gentle when repotting, which is only necessary every few years when they outgrow their pots.
  • Watch for Pests: While uncommon, mealybugs or aphids can occasionally bother Lithops. Treat them with gentle methods like insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Bonus Tips on How to Care for Lithops Succulents?:

  • Observe your Lithops: Learn their patterns and adjust your care based on their individual needs and responses.
  • Don’t panic: A wrinkled appearance during dry periods is normal. They plump up again after watering.
  • Enjoy the journey: Witnessing the subtle changes and gradual growth of your Lithops is part of the magic!

Remember, patience and understanding are key. By mimicking their natural environment and providing the right care, you can watch your living stones flourish and bring a touch of desert wonder to your home.

Feel free to ask if you have any specific questions about your Lithops care! I’m happy to help you keep these fascinating succulents thriving.