Fat plants

Titanopsis calcarea


group that brings together 5-6 species of succulent plants originating from South Africa. They consist of a short stem that supports a dense rosette of green-blue leaves, covered with whitish bumps similar to warts, if grown in full sun they can take on particular colors, from pink to purple. In summer, at the base of the leaves, large yellow or orange daisy-shaped flowers appear. The most cultivated species is T. calcarea.

How to treat it

Exposure: they like exposures in full sun, even if they can grow without problems even in partial shade, even in a very bright place. They do not fear the cold very much, and can survive even if exposed for short periods at temperatures just below 0 ° C, provided that the cotation sub-layer is kept completely dry. Watering: irrigate with moderation, allowing the substratum to dry perfectly between one watering and the other. With the arrival of the first cold, reduce the watering until it is completely suspended in winter. Soil: it prefers poor and very well-created soils, an ideal substrate can be prepared by mixing universal soil with abundant quantities of sand and coarse-grained material, such as perlite or expanded clay.

Titanopsis calcarea: Useful information

occurs by seed in the spring. Wet the seed mixture before sowing, then keep it in a bright place, but shaded, moist and protected, until germination. The new seedlings must be kept in seedbeds until they have produced at least two leaves, then they are placed in single containers. Pests and diseases: it can be attacked by the cochineal. If the waterings are abundant tropop it can easily be affected by root rot.