This succulent is a hybrid resulting from the cross between Lithops gesinae subsp. annae and Lithops gracilidelineata.
Lithops 'Talisman' is a dwarf succulent that has a body composed of two plump and juicy leaves with a deep fissure separating them. The leaves are light grey-brown with a slight violet tinge and an amazing pattern of lines and spots on the upper surface. The distinct lines are narrow, dark purplish-brown, running continuously from the fissure to the margin in an attractive reticulate pattern. In addition, a purple-brown line runs along the entire length of the fissure. The grey spots are randomly scattered across the upper surface. Flowers are bright yellow and emerge from the fissure between the leaves in fall.
How to Grow and Care for Lithops 'Talisman'
Light: A sunny windowsill where the plant receives 4 to 5 hours of direct sunlight during the early part of the day and partial shade during the afternoon is the perfect spot to grow your L. 'Talisman'. You may place the pot on the balcony or in the garden from spring to fall.
Soil: L. 'Talisman' thrives best in a growing medium that will drain quickly. Use a commercial soil mix for succulents or make your own.
Temperature: High temperatures are not a problem for this plant as long as there is plenty of fresh air, but it is not a cold-hardy succulent. L. 'Talisman' can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: Like all Lithops, this succulent has a specific yearly cycle of growth, and it is important to water only during certain stages, but it is also important to keep the soil dry at other stages of its growth. How often you need to water your L. 'Talisman' depends on how quickly the potting mix dries out. It is essential to let the soil dry out between waterings. Stop watering during the winter months to allow the old leaf pair to dry out and the new pair to develop.
Fertilizing: L. 'Talisman' does not need to be fertilized. It will thrive without any feeding. If you decide to feed, use a fertilizer with high potassium and low nitrogen levels.
Repotting: This small succulent will happily stay in the same pot for several decades. The common reason for repotting is to divide the plant or allow space for clusters to grow. Repot only when its growing season starts.
Propagation: L. 'Talisman' is most often grown from seeds. If you have a multi-headed plant, it can also be propagated by division. Sow the seeds during the summer.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Lithops.
Toxicity of Lithops 'Talisman'
L. 'Talisman' is non-toxic and safe to have around children and pets.
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