How Often Should I Water My Lithops Aucampiae?
Lithops Aucampiae prefer to be watered most frequently in late spring and summer, but it may occasionally require watering in the winter. During the peak of its growth period in the warmer months, you will likely need to water your plant every two weeks.
Water your Lithops Aucampiae only when the soil is dry, but avoid overwatering it. You should water the plant when you see its leaves beginning to wilt, take a deep breath and deflate.
If you begin to see signs of fungus or notice root rot, you are likely over watering it.
The plant should be able to recover if you reduce the amount of water it receives. You should temporarily avoid watering the plant to allow it time to recover. Before watering your Lithops Aucampiae, make sure that the soil is well-draining.
Add some peat moss to wet the soil. You will likely need to water your plant more frequently if you have added a lot of peat moss in the pot.
Lithops Aucampiae is a very resilient succulent and is drought tolerant. It does not need to be watered often and it also cannot handle being over watered. This plant is a succulent, which means that its roots store water for up to several months without much need for water.
It is best to only water the plant when its leaves are dry. Suppose you see that the soil around your Lithops Aucampiae has become dry. In that case, you should water it until the soil is saturated and then allow it to drain completely before placing it back into an area that receives indirect light.
How Do You Propagate Lithops Aucampiae?
Lithops Aucampiae is easy to propagate by seeds, cuttings and division. If you want to propagate by seeds, seed propagation is quite simple. The seeds are dark brown and can easily be distinguished from the potting soil. Once the seeds have been laid on top of a moist surface, they should sprout in 10 to 90 days.
They will grow slowly and begin to produce leaves in about one year. You should not remove the extra plants that grow around your Lithops Aucampiae because this will cause stress for your Lithops Aucampiae. Propagating from cuttings is also very easy. Cut off a piece of a healthy plant and place it into moist soil. You should see new growth within two weeks if this is successful.
Lithops Aucampiae can also be propagated from divisions, which is recommended for more mature plants. It is best to propagate a Lithops Aucampiae from 4-6 seedlings because transplanting seedlings is easier than transferring adult plants that have already adapted to their environment in the potting soil. The following are the steps to follow when propagating Lithops Aucampiae:
Propagating by seeds;
- Allow the seeds to dry on paper towels for several days and remove the seeds from their pods.
- Once the seeds have been sown, cover them with a thin layer of soil and place them in a warm area.
- Place the seeds inside a plastic bag when you are ready to plant them and allow them to sit at room temperature for one month.
- The seeds will begin to germinate when they are exposed to light, so expose the seeds to sunlight or artificial lighting as they germinate.
- Germination should take around five to six weeks, but this can vary depending on the temperature and moisture of the soil.
- You should see the Lithops Aucampiae seeds sprouting when they are ready to do so.
- Once they are well rooted, you can move them into a pot in which they will flourish.
- Transfer the Lithops Aucampiae into moist potting soil, about an inch or two deep for each seedling, and place it in a bright area that is out of direct sunlight.
- Continue to water the seedlings once per week until they begin to grow.
- After the seedlings have developed two pairs of leaves, you can place them on top of a moist surface when they are established in their pots or containers.
Propagating by cuttings;
- Cut off a piece of a healthy Lithops Aucampiae plant and allow it to dry out for a few days before planting it in moist soil.
- Place the piece at the bottom of a pot and water it with a moist soil every day.
- Place the plant in indirect light, which is ideal for cutting propagation, and allow it to grow out of direct sunlight.
- Keep your cutting dry and use fresh feed when you notice that it is beginning to wilt and look yellow on its leaves.
- Allow your Lithops Aucampiae to grow vertically for about two months, and then allow it to grow horizontally.
- Once the cutting has grown roots, you can begin to transplant it into a pot of its own.
- Ensure that you plant the cutting into a well-draining and porous potting soil.
Propagation by division;
- Divide a mature Lithops Aucampiae when at least six pairs of leaves are on the plant.
- Use a sharp knife to divide the plant into two parts, ensuring that each of the cuts is clean and precise.
- Separate the clump into smaller pieces, but do not remove all of the soil from around it.
- Plant each section individually in a different container filled with moist sand or soil until you have planted all of the divisions in each container.
- Water each division thoroughly, then let the divisions sit until they are well-rooted in their new locations.
- Transfer the entire container with your Lithops Aucampiae into a pot filled with a porous and well-draining potting soil.
- Water the Lithops Aucampiae several times a week until it is established in its new pot and is thriving in its environment.
- Allow the Lithops Aucampiae to grow and become established as a mature plant before removing it from its original pot.
Are Lithops Aucampiae Cold Hardy?
Lithops Aucampiae is not cold hardy and is sensitive to cold temperatures. Thisplant should not be exposed to temperatures below freezing, which means that it either needs to be moved indoors when the weather begins to get very cold or moved somewhere warmer before you know that the temperatures will drop below freezing.
Lithops Aucampiae must be grown indoors in cold weather climates where it will spend the winter. It will not die if exposed to subfreezing temperatures, but it will become dormant and lose its leaves during this time. The best way to protect your Lithops Aucampiae from the cold is to keep it indoors in a cool, humid area that has plenty of indirect light.
You should pay attention to watering your plant at the beginning of fall so that the soil does not dry out completely before winter comes around. The soil can dry out too much during the winter and cause your Lithops Aucampiae to lose its leaves, which is what will occur if you do not water it regularly.
Lithops Aucampiae requires care to do well indoors during the cold months like all houseplants, so be sure to keep it moist by placing water in its pot so that it does not dry out completely.
The interior temperature of your home should also be maintained at around 77 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the ideal temperature for these plants. Lithops Aucampiae is a succulent plant and will lose its leaves if it does not have enough water, so be sure to water regularly until spring comes around.
If you do leave it outside during the winter, you should protect it from frost by covering its pots with a layer of clear plastic and leaving them near an unheated building especially if you live in a cold area. You should also begin to keep your Lithops Aucampiae indoors where it will receive a lot of light and warmth during the winter months.
Lithops Aucampiae are also very good plants to grow indoors in pots during the winter months. If they do become outdoors, they should be brought indoors during cold weather as soon as you notice that temperatures enter a cold range.
Does Lithops Aucampiae Like To Be Misted?
Lithops Aucampiae like to be misted once every 2-3 days in order to keep the soil from drying out completely. You should also mist the plant daily during the summer months so it does not lose moisture through its leaves and becomes susceptible to fungal infections.
When misting your plants, you can also use a spray bottle to mist them from a distance. Be careful when misting your plants that water does not splash onto the leaves and cause them to rot.
Misting a Lithops Aucampiae is easy and should be done while you are watering it so that you simultaneously hydrate it.
Be careful not to over-water your Lithops Aucampiae, though, because overwatering is a common mistake that causes root rot and can kill your Lithops Aucampiae. You should make sure that the soil does not dry out completely either.
This succulent plant can also be misted when it is in direct sunlight, but if you do so, you should use an absolute amount of water so that it does not lose too much moisture.
Proper misting and watering are essential for the survival, health and growth of your Lithops Aucampiae and its overall appearance, so be sure to keep it alive and healthy by providing it with all the care it needs in order to thrive.