Living Stones

It’s quite obvious where these little succulents get their name from with the very odd appearance.

They’re indigenous to South Africa and some parts of Namibia. They naturally grow in rocky or sandy environments.

My very first Living Stone, thanks Grandma!

It’s heard that African children used to eat living stones while hunting to quench their thirst. So yes they are edible and no you won’t get stoned if you eat them.

Living Stones require very little attention. Because they naturally grow in desert and Karoo areas, they have adapted to thrive in as little as one good rainfall each year and store the water in their fat leaves.

As a result, I water my Living Stones with a few drops once a month and they are perfectly happy.

As for sunlight, keeping your plant on a windowsill is the perfect spot. They need about 5 hours of sunlight each day. There isn’t exactly a lot of photosynthesis going on here.

Up to now and up until your Living Stone’s 3rd birthday, it seems quite boring. But just wait! When the little guy is 3 years old and considered mature, they can begin to flower. If kept in the perfect circumstances, you will be lucky enough to see the slit between the two fat leaves open and a beautiful dandelion-like flower will appear.

blooming!
(not mine unfortunately, thanks Pinterest)

After blooming ,the top layer of leaves will shrivel and the plant will go into a state of dormancy. But do not fear, your Living Stone is not dead. Under the shriveled leaf , a new and fresh layer is forming a whole new little plant!

This happens every year and it can keep happening for up to 40 years!

Thanks for reading everyone. You guys rock!

Peace In The Home

also known as Angel’s Tears, Mother’s Tears, Bits and Pieces or even Bread and Cheese

Whatever cute name you have for this little creeper, I think we can all agree that it is absolutely adorable! 

The Peace In The Home is, believe it or not, classified as a herb, some sources say that they are edible. I haven’t tried them and do not recommend eating any plants if you are not absolutely certain that they are safe and delicious.

They grow close to the ground to form a carpet and are great for hanging plants (like mine) and other ornamental purposes 

They thrive in full sun to partial shade but will do fine indoors too!  I keep mine 4 feet from a window with no direct sunlight and it seems to be perfectly fine and healthy.

I’ve come to notice that my Angel’s Tears is quite dramatic when it comes to dry soil. All of the little leaves will become droopy. But a good watering will fix this in about 20 minutes. 

Be careful not to let this happen too often as it can cause permanent damage eventually. Keep the soil moist and make sure the drainage is very good. 

One last thing about our creepy friend: They grow fast! And on and over everything.  If you have them in a garden with other plants, remember to tend them regularly and maybe cut some vines that have overgrown the rest of your house already.  

Happy Easter everybody!

Peace out!✌🏻

My first blog 🌿

Fellow houseplant enthusiasts! Hello and welcome to my very first blog post.

From here on forward I’ll be posting some of my favourite (mostly indoor) plants as well as interesting finds around South Africa.

You can expect to see all types of green friends. I’ll post fun facts ,tips & tricks , some cool photos and a whole lot of lame plant puns.

Our little indigenous friends are often very underrated. This is why I’m here to enlighten you all about how special each one really is.

I can’t wait to start the journey. I’m so excited I might wet my plants! 🌱🌱