a genus which includes about twenty species of succulent plants, originating in southern Africa. They form tufts made up of a few columnar spindles, no more than 35-40 cm high, dark green or greyish-green in colour.
They are furrowed by deep ribs, on which are present numerous thorns, more or less sharp depending on the species; the general appearance of these succulent recalls very much the cactaceae, from which they distinguish, in a very evident way, for the flowers: of variable size, they are roundish, flat, with five petals, of red or brown colour, covered by a slight down, and usually emit a very unpleasant smell, as well as of rotten meat.
plant in a partially shady place, which enjoys a few hours of sunshine in the morning and not in the hottest parts of the day; these plants can usually bear temperatures close to zero, but they develop best with minimum winter temperatures close to 10-15°C.
water sporadically, from March to October, being careful to let the soil dry for a few days between one watering and the other. In winter, avoid watering, especially if the plants are kept in cold or temperate greenhouse. During the vegetative period, mix the water from the watering of the scculent plant manure with the water, every 30-40 days, in a dose half that recommended on the package.
hoodia prefer loose, very well drained, sandy soils; an ideal substrate can be prepared by mixing a good quantity of sand and medium-fine pumice stone with universal soil. These plants tend to tiller and to widen much with the passing of the years, it is therefore advisable to place them in sufficiently ample containers.
is carried out by seed, in spring, or by division of the heads, in spring or autumn.
Hoodia: Pests and diseases
Hoodia are very afraid of fungal diseases, especially in conditions of high humidity, under conditions of cultivation unsuitable for this genus may become necessary to practice preventive fungicide treatments periodically.