Thursday, August 5, 2010

Lithops optica 'Rubra'

A long time ago I posted a photo of a couple of Lithops optica 'Rubra' seedlings. They've grown up a bit.

The color isn't quite right, but you get the picture. Lithops are such fun plants. People often tell me that they're just too hard to grow. Well, they can be a challenge for a beginner - and sometimes even for a seasoned grower. I tell people they're probably going to kill one or two before they catch on, but it's worth the effort. Haven't grown them before? Try them; you just may fall in love with them.


  1. just compared them with the old pictures, and they've really grown a lot! the color is a dream :)

    it is so true. my mom couldn't understand my fascination with lithops before. but while I'm away, she had to care for them. it's been a year and now she's asking if she can keep a pot or two ;)

  2. Optica rubra grown from seeds? Wow! Congratulations! They look strong and healthy.

    I've been hooked on cultivating Lithops since I first saw them in a botanical garden here in Muenster, Germany - almost four years ago. At first I thought the gardeners had just left a space for some other plants and just put out some pebbles... and then I saw that some of these pebbles were flowering. And that was it. There will be no return to life without Lithops. ;-)

    I've also convinced (or rather: infected) quite a few people at since I grow Lithops and frequently show pictures.
    Apparently seeing pictures and having someone who makes all the mistakes first really encourages people to try growing extraordinary plants, too.

  3. Wow! interesting, and kind of weird looking plants but it's nice though :)I never seen that kind of plants before, good to know.