succulent evergreen, native to Central and South America; these plants develop a thick caudex, which can reach the 30 cm of diameter, with a mainly underground development; from the semi-woody caudex develop some erect stems, thin, rigid, of a pale green colour, tall up to 30-40 cm, which carry some big oval leaves, of a greyish-green colour, covered by a thick silvery down which renders them velvety.
The leaves are placed like an umbrella, at the centre of it, in late spring, several big red flowers, shaped like a trombone, bloom. These plants are much appreciated by collectors for their eye-catching flowering, but also for their unusual and particular appearance, reminiscent of a miniature palm.
Exposure: they are grown in a very bright position, but usually sheltered from direct sunlight, especially during the hottest hours of the day, after the flowers are withered usually the leaves begin to wither and the plant enters a period of dormancy, which lasts throughout the winter, during dormancy can be placed in a cool and shady place.
Watering: since we begin to see the small shoots, in the apical part of the caudex, in the spring, we water regularly, always waiting for the soil to dry up completely between one watering and the other. During the dormancy period the caudex should be left dry, especially if the plant is stored at temperatures below 10°C.
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Sinningia – Rechsteineria leucotricha: Reproduction
Soil: these succulents are grown in light and incoherent soil, which allows watering to flow quickly from the pot; you can use a mixture of peat, sand and perlite or fine gravel. They have a rather slow growth, therefore they can be left in the same container even for 2-3 years.
Multiplication: by seed, in spring; in summer it is also possible to make cuttings of stems.
Parasites and diseases: the cochineal is the parasite that is most easily found on the rechsteinerie, nested under the leaves.