Fat plants

Hottentot Fig - Carpobrotus


GeneralitŠ°


originally from southern Africa. The genus includes two species of climbing or hanging plants widely used in gardens because they tend to cover the ground.
The leaves: they are fleshy with a triangular section with a bright green tip that adorn the robust stem.
The flowers: they are large and showy with pink, red or yellow corollas.

Carpobrotus Edulis


Hottentot fig
The name derives from the Greek: Carpos = fruit and Brotos = edible.
Origin: Cape Province.
Stem: up to ninety centimeters high.
Leaves: they have a triangular section, with the lower margin carinated and notched, of a bright green color.
Flowers: blooms in summer with purple or yellow flowers that turn pink over time.
Fruits: they are edible and in certain regions of Africa they are called Hickory Figs.

Exposure


at a window facing south.
Temperature: it tolerates high temperatures well but is very cold.

Watering


it resists drought, for which watering must be moderate, they must be more abundant only during the flowering period.
Fertilization: administer a liquid fertilizer diluted in the water of the watering every two weeks in the period from May to July, every three to four weeks during the rest period.

Ground


soil for cacti with addition of sand and gravel in equal parts.

Playback


the cuttings are taken in autumn and spring. Sowing takes place in March at a temperature of fifteen degrees. The plants are put in permanent shelter in May.
Cuttings are made during the summer.

Hottentot Fig - Carpobrotus: Parasites


the plants are attacked by cochineals and by aphids which slow down their growth.