Lithops karasmontana 'Top Red'
Lithops karasmontana var. karasmontana 'Top Red'
This succulent is an atractive cultivar of Lithops karasmontana.
Lithops karasmontana 'Top Red' is a dwarf succulent that forms clumps of pairs of thick, fleshy leaves fused in an inverted cone-shaped body with a central fissure dividing them and red mottling on the upper surfaces. The bodies grow up to 2 inches (4 cm) tall, spreading indefinitely. The face is kidney-shaped, flat to slightly convex, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long, and up to 1.1 inches (2.8 cm) wide.
The solitary flowers are white, up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) in diameter, and appear from the fissure between the leaves in fall. Fruits are usually 5-chambered capsules with tiny yellow-brown seeds inside.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Lithops develop a new set of leaves every year, with new leaves emerging in the fall and growing through the winter and summer. The plant will go dormant in late summer, and water should be severely restricted to prevent bursting leaves. The flowers appear near the end of summer or fall, first as a small bud forcing its way between the leaves, and growth will begin again. It's safe to water during this period. Heading into the winter, the leaves will still grow, but you should stop watering, even as the older leaves shrivel and encase the new growth. In the spring, it's safe to begin lightly watering again as the plants begin to grow again, heading toward their summer dormancy period and the emergence of new leaves in the fall.
Lithops are very slow-growing, small plants, making them ideal as houseplants (once you get the hang of their watering schedule). Older plants form attractive clumps of "pebbles" in their pots, which are highly prized. In general, plants should only be repotted if there are cultural problems (soggy soil) or the plant has outgrown its dish container, which will only happen every several years.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Lithops.
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