Fat plants



genus that includes some dwarf succulent plants, originating in southern Africa. They are rosettes of fleshy leaves, with a diameter generally between 10 and 15 cm; the leaves are gray-green or bluish-green, and often have small clear warts on the margins or on the entire upper page. The roots are large, fleshy tubers, and tend to spread underground, forming a new rosette every time they surface. At the end of winter le Aloinopsis they produce large daisy-shaped flowers, yellow or orange, with petals marked by a central red or brown streak. A. malherbei has gray-green, rounded leaves, with banks warts on the margin; A. rosulatus is a dwarf plant that has a large caudex.


prefer semi-shady locations, with a few hours of direct sunlight in the early hours of the day or late in the afternoon; some species do not fear the cold, and can withstand temperatures even lower than -10 ° C, although generally there is a better development maintaining the plant at 8-10 ° C. Due to their resistance to the cold they could be placed in the ground, but this is hardly possible, since the plant in winter should not receive watering.


from March to October water moderately, leaving the soil to dry between one watering and another; in cold months avoid watering, just moistening the soil every 15-20 days if the plant is kept in a warm place.


the Aloinopsis they need a soil rich in humus, very well drained and sandy; use a compost for succulent plants, to which add the loam of leaves and the lapillus. To allow an adequate development of the roots repot the plant every 2-3 years.


it happens in spring by seed or by cutting; the cuttings are left to dry in the air for a few days before they can be rooted.

Aloinopsis: Pests and diseases

the cochineal can heavily ruin the leaves.