Written by Maggie
Dec 01 2020
Lithops Optica Rubra is the Lithops Optica family belonging to the variety of the great jade, the original species of the great jade light green to gray green, the wild also found very individual whole body red Lithops Optica Rubra plants. The dormancy potential of the summer is weak, belonging to the summer species.
The plant height of Lithops Optica Rubra is 3-4cm, cylindric, with obvious cracks in the middle. Some plants appear zoned during curing. When the new leaves show the old leaves, they are green, watery and red, and have a metallic luster. Then in sufficient light, it gradually turns red, old leaves fall off, the plant body deep red purple, crystal clear, like ruby. Fluorescence is november-december, white, sometimes with lavender margin, 5CM in diameter.
After plant lithops optica rubra for 10 days to half a month, and then sit basin watering, usually spray. A month later, foliar spraying fertilizer, available 3‰ potassium dihydrogen phosphate liquid, and filling root pericarp fertilizer water.
Lithops Optica Rubra is a breed that likes little water. It can be watered once a month. If the scale appears on the leaf surface, wipe it with a soft cloth of 1:10 vinegar mixed with water.
Desquamate period is 2-6 months, desquamate period strictly cuts off water, otherwise a summer is also not over, will also take off two. If the temperature does not exceed 30℃ and almost does not hibernate, it can be maintained normally when the weather turns cool in autumn, while in winter, there is less water and more sunshine. If dormancy occurs, use surface spray to moisturize and cool down. Beware of freezing injury in winter, especially from the winter solstice to the beginning of spring. The temperature below 6℃ is damaged by freezing.
Lithops Optica Rubra hates changing its soil every 3-4 years. If the surface of the soil is salinity, then use an elimination method, and cover new soil. lithops optica Rubra does not like fat: add a few slow-release pellets every three months.
Moderate shading, window screen can be used on closed balcony glass, but at other times give full illumination. The bright colours of Lithops Optica Rubra are fully displayed only when the light is good.
Lithops Optica Rubra is for cross-flower cross-pollination, because of the varieties of the line, self-pollination is difficult. If more planting raises, we should pay attention to the flowering period, do cross-flower artificial pollination.
No other insect pests were found except starscream. Lithops Optica Rubra new leaf burst old leaf, if insecticide, prevent drug solution to stain the tear, so as not to cause the plant body decay.
Before Lithops Optica Rubra came into dormancy, enhance light. In early June, it can be watered down with carbendazim to kill harmful bacteria.