How to divide lithops?

How to divide lithops

How to divide lithops? Dividing Lithops, those living stone wonders can be a rewarding way to propagate them and create a bigger cluster. However, it’s important to do it carefully and at the right time to avoid harming your precious plants. Here’s a guide to navigate the process:

When to Divide and How to Divide Lithops?

  • Mature & Clumped: Ideal candidates are mature Lithops with several heads growing close together. Wait until they’re at least 3-5 years old for better success.
  • Growing Season: Spring or early summer, during their active growth period, is the best time. Avoid dividing during bloom or winter dormancy.

Preparation:

  • Tools:¬†Gather sterilized tools like a sharp knife or razor blade, gloves (optional), and pots with a well-draining cactus/succulent mix.
  • Watering: Water the Lithops a few days before dividing to soften the soil and make separation easier.

The Dividing Act:

  1. Gently remove: Carefully remove the Lithops from its pot without damaging the roots.
  2. Examine the roots: Assess the root system. Look for thick taproots and any tangled or intertwined sections.
  3. Separate with care: Using your sterilized tool, gently tease apart the clumps based on the natural divisions between the heads. Avoid cutting through healthy roots.
  4. Prepare individual pots: Fill the pots with the succulent mix, leaving enough space for the taproots to grow downward.
  5. Planting: Plant each separated Lithops in its pot, positioning the crown slightly above the soil level. Gently firm the soil around the base.

Aftercare:

  • Watering: Hold off on watering for a week or two, allowing the wounds to callous over. Then, water sparingly when the soil is completely dry.
  • Sunlight: Provide bright, indirect sunlight for optimal recovery.
  • No feeding: Don’t fertilize for the first few months after dividing.
  • Monitoring: Keep an eye on your divided Lithops for signs of stress or rot.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Divide only healthy Lithops with multiple heads.
  • If separating roots is challenging, leave them slightly connected and they will eventually separate on their own.
  • Label your divided Lithops for easier identification and tracking of their progress.
  • Enjoy the process! Dividing and watching your Lithops grow into individual clusters is a fascinating experience.

Remember, dividing Lithops requires care and attention. By following these steps and understanding their needs, you can successfully share the joy of living stones with even more clusters!

Feel free to ask if you have any specific questions or need further assistance with your Lithops division. I’m here to help!