Lapidarium — care at home
Seeing this natural wonder in a city apartment, there is a desire to touch the unusual «living stones» under the name of the Lapidary.
And only after that come to mind different comparison of their nature and respective philosophical mood.
Even in the home, home business and busy people, they help to create a cozy, friendly atmosphere.
Maybe that’s why the term «lapidary» has been known since very ancient times. Among its exhibits are primary samples of natural stone.
In the world of plants there is also a flower similar to a stone that is striking not only for its amazing form, but the beauty of the flower.
This kind of super succulent called «Lapidaria margarethae» reigns among the rocky slopes and sand deserts of South Africa, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana.
The rapid development of indoor flower gave the opportunity to easily buy this flower for growing at home. The main thing to learn not only tips on care, but not to confuse with numerous other species.
A distinctive feature of the lapidary is the presence of a deep notch between two lobes with almost straight faces.
The borders have bright color, and the leaves themselves are plain, reminiscent of polished marble without streaks. Flower in the lapidary yellow that appears at dusk and is sometimes called the «rose of the desert of the Karoo».
The plant can be 2 or 3 pairs of lamina, resembles a twig or stalk. Other types of «living stones», such as conophytums, mwiria, lithops, faucaria, and many others also very interesting and popular.
The cultivation of the lapidary
Location and lighting
The more sun at the location of the lapidary, the more it resembles a real stone. But from constant direct sunlight it should be protected.
In the dormant period in winter, an optimum t 12 -17°.
Watering and humidity
Pour «living stones» we have a period of growth and flowering. This should be done cautiously by the pallet, merging with it the excess water after some time.
Tap water should be filtered, but it is better to use rain water. Do not be afraid at the sight of the dried leaves.
This is a natural process of the withering away of the first pair of leaves. The next pair will appear in early spring. In the dormant period from November to March, watering is strictly prohibited. Only after the new couple leaves, resume watering.
To get involved in regular feeding of fertilizer when growing the lapidary is not necessary. It degrades the appearance, making not similar to the mysterious stone, and ordinary potatoes.
It is better to pay special attention to preparing the soil for planting. Its composition should resemble the soil of the natural habitat of the plant. Usually 2 parts sand add one part of the earth, and crushed brick or plaster.
Transplantation and propagation
The reproduction of the Lapidary perhaps seeds and roots. In the first case, they bloom in the 3rd year. In the second much earlier, depending on care.
When planting a seed pick of the plants is carried out only after the first hibernation. You need to know before planting and after the Lapidarium is not necessary to water.
She needs dry mode for healing arise root damage. Best option for planting is a ceramic pot medium size, which allows to vaporize excess moisture through its pores.
The roots of the plants long enough so the pot should not be too small.