this genus includes only 5-10 species, native to the southern Afica, are often called “living stones”, like other succulents; they are small plants, 2-3 cm tall, without stem, formed by two paired leaves, very fleshy, which give the plant a rounded shape, divided by a deep central fissure; A. fissum has cylindrical leaves, 4-5 cm long, very spread; they often produce numerous basal shoots, which develop close to the mother plant, giving rise to small groups.
In spring or autumn, they produce small flowers, which sprout from the fissure between the two leaves; they are similar to small daisies, with many linear petals, of a yellow or purple colour. During the summer the leaves tend to dry out, giving rise to a new pair of leaves, between winter and spring.
these plants need to be cultivated in a partially shady place; their exposure to direct sunlight for a few hours gives the leaves a particular silvery shade; they are not afraid of the cold very much, and can bear temperatures close to 0/-1°c, but only if completely dry; for a balanced development we suggest cultivating the the >>Deerpods argyroderm at temperatures of not less than 10 -12°C, at home or in a cold greenhouse.
From October to May, water sporadically, waiting for the soil to be very dry between one watering and the other, if they are kept at temperatures below 4 -5 ° C, suspend watering; in the hot months water only when the watering;epidermis of the leaves tends to cover itself with thin wrinkles, unequivocal sign of dehydration; these plants can bear even prolonged periods of drought, therefore in the indecision it is advisable to avoid watering rather than providing water once too much.
they are cultivated in a very well drained soil, formed by sand and gravel with a rather fine granulometry. In the wild, they grow up almost completely underground, but in pot it is good to keep the leaves raised of some centimetres from the cultivation substratum, in order to better control their humidity.
is mainly by seed, which the plant produces easily, like all aizoaceae, you can propagate the plant by removing the side shoots.
Argyroderma pearsonii: Pests and diseases
they can usually be affected by cochineal and radical rot.