How Do You Care For Lithops Aucampiae?
Lithops Aucampiae is relatively easy to care for as a houseplant. It has minimal requirements and a light-filled environment make it great for new or inexperienced houseplants owners. Heat and humidity are not wanted so keep the plant in the dark recesses of your home.
On the other hand, Lithops Aucampiae does need direct sunlight for about 4-5 hour per day, which can be achieved by placing it in an area near a window that is facing east. It is thought that keeping the plant near windows with southern exposure will provide light too. The following are some of the factors to consider when caring for Lithops Aucampiae;
Lithops Aucampiae grows well in low to moderate water conditions. You can provide your Lithops Aucampiae with water once or twice a week during the summer, but in winter you may want to use a misting bottle to accentuate its brilliant color, as it is one of the few plants that does not need any additional watering during this period.
Lithops Aucampiae needs a well-drained soil that can withstand high temperatures. You should mix the soil with equal parts of perlite (small, white or light brown) or sand. Lithops Aucampiae can tolerate soil up to 6 inches deep, and rock gardens at higher elevations even a bit deeper than this is acceptable.
The soil should be kept dry in dry areas and slightly moist in wet areas. Lithops Aucampiae cannot tolerate soggy conditions at all. It has shallow roots and will grow in a cactus soil mix or any type of well-draining soil. The pots that this plant comes in are usually not enough to support the whole root system so you will need to repot it into something larger.
Lithops Aucampiae needs to be placed in an area that has bright, indirect light (at least 4-5 hours of sunlight). If you want the plant to grow more compact and not spread out it is best to place it in a location where it will receive more light; otherwise, this plant will spread out and lose its compact shape. The light should be diffused, with a subdued atmosphere rather than a direct light source.
The best temperatures for Lithops Aucampiae are between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime and 59-68 degrees Fahrenheit during the night throughout the summer. A warm spot near a sunny window is the best placement for your Lithops Aucampiae.
Humidity is not needed for Lithops Aucampiae. It is best to keep the plant in a well-ventilated area to avoid mold. If you would like to add humidity to the environment you can run a humidifier during the winter months, or you can mist the plant slightly with water just enough so that its leaves are damp.
Lithops Aucampiae does not need fertilizer during winter, but if it is used during summer it should be used sparingly due to its small root system. Even during the summer, Lithops Aucampiae should only be fed once or twice a month with a balanced fertilizer.
Lithops Aucampiae is a slow growing plant that can live for many years without needing to be repotted. It is best to repot it every 5 years or so and only if the current pot does not have enough room for the roots. Your Lithops Aucampiae should be repotted in the spring or when its roots start to grow out of its pot. This will help it grow more compact, and create a larger mass of soil around its root system.
Lithops Aucampiae is easy to propagate by seeds, cuttings and division. It is best to propagate it during the spring. To propagate by cuttings take a section of stem from the plant and place it in soil with the lowest branches exposed. Cover the pot with plastic wrap until new growth begins to emerge and then remove it.
You may also divide your Lithops Aucampiae while repotting just be sure to keep it in sections that have at least one eye.
Lithops Aucampiae is a very low maintenance plant that doesn’t require pruning. If it has become leggy and you want to encourage a compact shape, then light pruning may be required. To do this, cut back the branches that are in the way until they are 1/2 inch long.
This will prevent your plant from becoming too leggy and will force the plant to re-root itself. Lithops Aucampiae also responds well to cutting back during winter and should be done if it begins to see dry or brown leaves.
Pests and Diseases:
Lithops Aucampiae is susceptible to pests and diseases. Flea beetles are one issue that could be a problem on your Lithops Aucampiae. Flea beetles will attack the leaves of the plant and eat away at the edges, creating small black spots. To prevent this, you can keep your plant out of direct sunlight when flea beetles are present so that they don’t have enough light to survive.
How Do You Repot Bare Root Lithops Aucampiae?
Bare root lithops Aucampiae should be repotted in the spring into a new container of about an inch in diameter. It is essential to give them greater area to flourish and grow. Fill the container with Lithops Aucampiae soil, and then use a pen or pencil to create a conical hole approximately as deep as the Lithops Aucampiae root is long.
Then, carefully straighten the Lithops Aucampiae’ roots and feed them downward so that they reach as far as possible (not all scrunched up on the surface). Water well and seal the container in a plastic bag for about two weeks.
Then remove the plastic and repot the plant in a new container filled with fresh, dry soil. Bare root plants have their own native soil with them in the pot and you can leave this soil on the roots until you are ready to transplant.
Find a container with a drainage hole and use a well-draining soil mix like one part peat moss and one part perlite. Pots of this type are available from companies that specialize in growing succulents. This pot should be filled to approximately 1 ½ times the volume of the plant. Also, water the pot well before repotting again to wet the soil until it becomes saturated and then drain it thoroughly.
Are Lithops Aucampiae Easy To Grow?
Lithops Aucampiae not difficult to grow. It is a slow growing plant that can live for many years without needing to be repotted. It is best to repot it every 5 years or so and only if the current pot does not have enough room for the roots. However, if you avoid overwatering, it can be a very slow grower.
When growing Lithops Aucampiae you should give it bright light (at least 4-5 hours of sunlight) and move it into a warm area that gets as much indirect light. It is best to avoid placing it in direct sun. Although moisture is not required, you can mist the plant slightly with water just enough so that its leaves are damp.
Fertilizing your Lithops Aucampiae sparingly will help it reach its most compact form, but only during summer months when other suitable plants are available.
You should fertilize your Lithops Aucampiae once or twice a month with a balanced fertilizer. If you would like to include some moisture in the soil, you can try adding a small amount of peat moss to wet the soil.
When watering your Lithops Aucampiae make sure that you do so sparingly. Place a well-draining pot in a sunny, but cool area with good air circulation. Although your plant may not need these conditions, it is best to provide them. If the plant is unable to thrive in a cooler environment, then it may have problems thriving during the hotter parts of the year.
Your Lithops Aucampiae should be repotted in the spring or when its roots start to grow out of its pot. The ideal temperature for this plant is between 77˚F and 86˚F (25˚C to 30˚C) during the day and between 59˚F and 68˚F (15˚C to 20˚C) during the night.
Where Can You Buy Lithops Aucampiae?
You can purchase Lithops Aucampiae from specialized nurseries and online plant stores. To find a good seller who has healthy and well-developed plants, look for online reviews with pictures to compare against your plants.
When buying Lithops Aucampiae, you should consider the pot size and dry weight. It is best to buy a well-developed healthy plant, with a medium sized pot. A well-developed plant will be robust and can withstand without problems being transplanted into a larger container of soil if it begins to show signs of root rot or an unhealthy growth pattern.
Lithops Aucampiae is also available from many online plant stores that provide a large range of succulents at reasonable prices such as Uncommon Succulents.
Lithops Aucampiae is a low maintenance plant that is easy to care for and relatively simple to grow. It requires little attention, water or fertilization and has little risk of dying.
With this information in mind, anyone can grow Lithops Aucampiae successfully if they have some basic care instructions.
How Much Light Do I Give My Lithops Aucampiae?
Lithops Aucampiae should be kept in a bright area where it gets 4 to 5 hours of sunlight each day. Place it in an area that is covered by windows and try to keep the spot out of direct sunlight or else the leaves may burn. Lithops Aucampiae does need fairly bright light, but not direct sun. You should only plant it in a shady corner if the sunlight is too bright.
Although Lithops Aucampiae can handle low light, it is best to give it a minimum of four hours of sunlight during the day. If you have a relatively dark room in which you can place your Lithops Aucampiae, it will do well with a desk lamp on during this time.
However, if the plant receives too much light and begins to look scorched or burnt, move it into an area that receives indirect light for a few hours daily.
If you want to give your Lithops Aucampiae more light, you can allow it to bloom in summer months with lots of sunlight and move it back into a cool environment that receives as little as 4 or 5 hours of light in winter.
Alternatively, add a low-wattage bulb near the plant at night if it is too difficult to turn off the main light it has been receiving during the day. You should not add much light during the winter months, only enough to make sure that your plant is not wilting.
Since the plant needs a lot of light, you can keep your Lithops Aucampiae in a room where it receives more sunlight until you are sure that it will do well with the amount of light it receives.
Once you feel confident that this is what Lithops Aucampiae needs, you should move it to a location where it will receive more light.