this genus includes some species of succulent plants, originating in southern Africa. The fleshy leaves, oval or lanceolate, form thick basal rosettes, tall up to 20-30 cm, along thin fleshy stems; the leaves are dark green, with dark areas, especially in the specimens kept in very luminous positions; some species have greyish leaves, and sometimes have a whitish down at the base.
In spring, at the apex of the stems, several pink or white flowers bloom, which the plant continues to produce till autumn; these succulent ones produce self-fertile flowers, therefore, when the flowers wither, they give way to a thin capsule which, in a few days, releases very many fertile seeds. The plants of many years can develop a woody caudex, not very conspicuous.
place in a very bright position, in full sun, or in partial shade. The anacampseros are frost-proof and must therefore be kept at temperatures above 5-8°C, in a temperate greenhouse or at home.
from March to September water when the soil is dry; in the cold months water sporadically, at least once a month; in the vegetative period add to the water of the watering of the specific fertilizer for succulent plants, every 15-20 days.
use a soft, light and very well drained soil, you can prepare a suitable soil for the anacampseros mixing balanced soil with equal amounts of washed river sand, and a few handfuls of perlite or pumice stone. These plants tend to produce many small plants, from the seeds they produce, it is good to take them periodically from the pots, or place the plant in large bowls, so that you can also grow the other plants that will grow.
takes place by seed, with great facility; the fresh seeds are preferably utilized, placing them in the seedbed with fertile soil, which is to be kept humid till the complete germination; in general, the small plants of anacampseros germinate also in not ideal conditions. It is also possible to practice leaf cuttings.
Anacampseros: Pests and diseases
anacampseros are hardly affected by parasites or diseases.