Fat plants

Anacampseros


GeneralitŠ°


this genus includes some species of succulent plants, originating in southern Africa. The fleshy, oval or lanceolate leaves form thick basal rosettes, up to 20-30 cm high, along thin fleshy stems; the leaves are dark green, with dark zoning, especially in the specimens kept in very bright positions; some species have greyish leaves, and sometimes have a whitish down at the base. In spring, at the apex of the stems, numerous pink or white flowers bloom, which the plant continues to produce until the autumn; these succulents produce self-fertile flowers, so when the flowers wither they give way to a thin capsule which, in a few days, releases numerous fertile seeds. Plants of many years can develop a woody caudex, not very conspicuous.

Exposure


place in a very bright position, in full sun, or in the partial shade. The Anacampseros they fear frost, so they should be kept at temperatures above 5-8 ° C, in a tempered greenhouse, or at home.

Watering


from March to September water when the ground is well dry; in the cold months water sporadically, at least once a month; during the vegetative period add to the water of the specific fertilizer for succulent plants, every 15-20 days.

Ground


use a soft, light and very well drained soil; you can prepare a land suitable for the Anacampseros mixing balanced soil with equal quantities of washed river sand, and some handfuls of perlite or pumice stone. These plants tend to produce numerous small plants, from the seeds they produce, it is good to take them periodically from the pots, or put the plant in capacious bowls, so that we can also cultivate the other plants that will grow.

Multiplication


it happens by seed, with great ease; fresh seeds are preferably used, placing them in a seedbed with fertile soil, which must be kept moist until germination is complete; in general the small anacampseros plants sprout even in non-ideal conditions. It is also possible to practice leaf cuttings.

Anacampseros: Pests and diseases


the anacampseros are hardly affected by pests or diseases.