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Posted 4d ago by @liessylush

Lithops died! What happened???
These lithops were full and thriving a couple days ago. Today I discovered these deflated and dead guys. What happened??? It’s a succulent garden I water once every three weeks and everything else is doing great.
Unfortunately your lithop has rotted. These are not like other succulents and are only watered literally once or twice a YEAR.

Summer is their dormant season so they don't get watered until air think the fall or early winter when they become active.
@liessylush How to Grow and Care for Lithops
Lithops have a very particular growing season. The plants go into dormancy in the winter, old leaves wither and regrow in the spring, then the plants go into a second dormant period during the summer before flowering in the fall. Here’s how to care for the plants through their different growth cycle stages:
1. Lithops need bright light. Too much direct sunlight, though, can burn the plants. Ensure the plants get four to five hours of direct sunlight and partial shade the rest of the time. A southern or eastern-facing window is a good place for the plants. You can tell if your plant is not getting enough sunlight if the leaves start to lose patterns and become elongated in shape. 2. Overwinter your lithops plants. Lithops are mostly grown as houseplants but can also be grown outside. If you live in a place where temperatures get below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, move the lithops indoors during the winter.
3. Water lithops plants sparingly. These succulents store water for months in their leaves and only need to be watered every two weeks or when the soil is thoroughly dry. When the plant goes dormant in the summer and winter months, you don’t need to water them. Overwatering will cause the plant to become soft and puffy. 4. Propagate your lithops plant. Lithops can be easily grown through division propagation, which creates a clone of the parent plant. Lithops often grow offshoots, called pups, that look like new leaves. To propagate, dig up the plant entirely and dust off the roots. Then, cut the pups away from their parents, making sure to include some roots as well, and repot the pups in separate pots. Happy growing
I’m sorry you lost your Lithops. They do better when they are in their own pot. Also, do you happen to know what phase they were in? They don’t like water 🚿 in their dormancy.
This all makes sense, thank you for your responses!

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