A quick visual guide to watering Pleiospilos nelii ‘Split Rock’

Pleiospilos Split Rock

Here’s a little visual guide to caring for Pleiospilos nelii ‘Split Rock’ (NOT a Lithops!) It’s potted in a mix of about 30% topsoil and the rest is a combo of Turface, pumice, and expanded shale, and it’s top dressed with pumice.

I’m in Houston and it’s hot and humid here so I have to be extra careful about drainage and not letting the leaves stack more than 2 pairs. In drier climates you can get away w/ less drainage materials and 3 stacks should be fine. Otherwise, if it has 3 or more stacked leaf pairs it’s at a higher risk for rot since the plant will have too much water in its body to process.

This guy didn’t flower for me last summer but there’s a good chance it will this year!

#1: July 2019 – one set of leaves, very firm to the touch. Water when they have felt soft for 3 days or more… it can take a month or more after giving them a drink before they start to get soft again.

#2: August 2019- New leaves coming in! Still following the water rules as above for #1

Pleiospilos Split Rock

#3: November 2019 – New leaves are coming in nicely! Still follow water rules from #1

Pleiospilos Split Rock

#4: March 2020- Another new leaf pair is emerging. At this point I want to let the oldest pair dry out so no more water until they’re withered and the 2nd pair feels soft.

#5: April 2020- Left leaf is almost finished; right leaf is soft; 2nd and 3rd pairs are firm – still no water!

Pleiospilos Split Rock

#6: May 2020- The oldest leaves are now withered and almost crispy. Due to the high humidity here in Houston, I may need to trim them if they don’t dry out enough to pull away cleanly. The remaining leaves are still very firm so I’ll wait to water until the outer leaves feel soft. By mid-summer I may need to bring it indoors (under grow lights) as these can go heat dormant and watering them if they are ‘resting’ can kill them. Hopefully there’s a flower getting ready to pop out in the next few months!

Pleiospilos Split Rock

#7: May 14, 2020- Now the older leaves are dry I’ll just wait until the outer leaves get soft and start over from #1 again! It’s even starting to split and I can see some new growth inside. Hoping for a flower!

SFY Stay at Home blog: #1

Kalanchoe katapifa 'Tarantula' flowers

…Luckily the weather was nice most of the time, but it’s been raining here for 2 days and I’m really starting to feel cabin fever, even though I don’t go out much normally. On a recent ‘outing’ to Walgreens, I was wearing my ‘Introverted but willing to discuss plants’ t-shirt and the cashier said he liked it. Of course I asked him if he liked plants or had any and he said he liked them, but wasn’t patient enough to keep them, but he had friends that were really into plants. I told him he should get some and just see how it goes. He said, “There’s one type I want, the kind you put in the corner of your house,” so I started rattling off some names. …

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Mid-winter succulent update and a cacti seedling repotting

I took a much needed break from editing the print version of The Succulent Manual (https://sucsforyou.com/saveyoursucs) to make a winter update video and get some cacti seedlings repotted! We check on some seedlings’ progress, meet some gorgeous Begonias, see some succulents blooming in January and other fun stuff ?

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Vol. 2 – Your Stories: How have succulents helped you?

I posted a call for stories about how succulents and other plants have helped you, and the responses so far have been incredibly moving. I know how much they’ve helped me and reading your submissions has made me love these wonderful plants even more.

Here is the second round of many to come, I hope!
Click here for the submission form.

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What’s New

The Succulent Manual

Hi friends!! I feel like I’ve been somewhat absent from the social pages, but I’ve been super busy the last few months putting the final touches on my eBook ‘The Succulent Manual’ and the online version. I’m talking tedious 12-hour days staring at a computer screen until I’m literally cross-eyed.

I also recently made a new video and just added some delicious drainage materials to the shop page.

Drainage materials for succulents

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Now on Amazon and other platforms- The Succulent Manual eBook

I am incredibly happy to announce The Succulent Manual is now available as an eBook on several eShelves including:

Sucs for You –  eBook or PDF, with the option to add a custom care consultation! Choose this option if you have a coupon code. Save 10% off The Succulent Manual and custom care consultations with code: SFY10 

Online web versionAccess The Succulent Manual from your web browser

Amazon Kindle


Barnes and Noble

Google Play


See all other available stores here

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