Aptenia cordifolia – Aptenia cordifolia – Fatty plants – Aptenia cordifolia – Succulent

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Exposure

aptenia cordifolia They prefer the very sunny positions, where the flowering is abundant, they vegetate well even in the middle of the shade and in the shade, but the less direct sun they receive and the less flowers they produce. Usually they can bear temperatures close to -5°C, even if sometimes abundant winter rains can cause rottenness which seriously compromise their development.

In places with very harsh winters, it is good, during the winter months, to withdraw them in cold greenhouses; these plants have a very vigorous development, and tend to fill all the space available fairly quickly: for this reason, the old plants are usually left outdoors and cuttings are kept in greenhouses, which will be placed in the garden in the spring.

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Watering

Like most succulents, aptenia can bear even very long periods of drought, and usually are satisfied with the rains; if we want a more luxuriant development, more blooms, and very turgid leaves, we suggest to water sporadically, from June to September, adding some fertilizer for flowering plants every 15-20 days to the water of the waterings.

Land

Place in a very well drained soil, formed by universal mould mixed with an equal quantity of sand and with little perlite or pumice stone.

Multiplication

These plants produce numerous fertile seeds, enclosed in small semi-woody capsules, which can be sown in the spring, around April-May. In order to get some small plants in a fast way, they can be done cuttings of stem, which root easily, so much to be immediately buried directly in the plant.

Aptenia cordifolia: Pests and diseases

These plants are afraid of cochineals and especially mites; if grown in the ground they can be ruined by snails.

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