This genus consists of over 290 species of perennial succulents that are smooth and fleshy, many of which resemble stones with a crack down the middle. Native to desert and semi-arid regions of Namibia and South Africa, these perennial succulents have long roots that aid in collecting water. Flowers are single and daisy like. Grow in a cactus mix or sand and water sparingly from late summer to early winter. Do NOT water from late spring to mid summer. Full sun.
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Size: Height: 0.08 ft. to 1 ft.
Width: 0.08 ft. to 1 ft.
Plant Category: cacti and other succulents,
Plant Characteristics: low maintenance, prostrate, round,
Foliage Characteristics: evergreen,
Flower Characteristics: single,
Flower Color: oranges, pinks, purples, yellows,
Bloomtime Range: Late Summer to Early Fall
USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 to 10
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant
Light Range: Sun to Full Sun
pH Range: 6.5 to 8
Soil Range: Sand to Some Sand
Water Range: Arid to Semi-Arid
LightConditions : Sun
Sun is defined as the continuous, direct, exposure to 6 hours (or more) of sunlight per day.
WateringConditions : Arid
Arid, is defined as the complete absence of water.
Conditions : Semi-Arid
Semi-Arid is defined as very little water/rainfall occurring only during certain times of the season.
PlantingHow-to : Preparing Containers
Containers are excellent when used as an ornamental feature, a planting option when there is little or no soil to plant in, or for plants that require a soil type not found in the garden or when soil drainage in the garden is inferior. If growing more than one plant in a container, make sure that all have similar cultural requirements. Choose a container that is deep and large enough to allow root development and growth as well as proportional balance between the fully developed plant and the container. Plant large containers in the place you intend them to stay. All containers should have drainage holes. A mesh screen, broken clay pot pieces(crock) or a paper coffee filter placed over the hole will keep soil from washing out. The potting soil you select should be an appropriate mix for the plants you have chosen. Quality soils (or soil-less medias) absorb moisture readily and evenly when wet. If water runs off soil upon initial wetting, this is an indicator that your soil may not be as good as you think.
Prior to filling a container with soil, wet potting soil in the bag or place in a tub or wheelbarrow so that it is evenly moist. Fill container about halfway full or to a level that will allow plants, when planted, to be just below the rim of the pot. Rootballs should be level with soil line when project is complete. Water well.
How-to : Repot
Now is the right time to repot.