Fat plants

Aporophyllum


GeneralitŠ°


intergenetic hybrid, the name derives from the fusion si aporocactus and epiphyllum, but in the ancestors of the flavophyllum there are certainly many other succulents. It produces enlarged tufts, consisting of thin arched or hanging stems, of green color, in various shades depending on the species, or reddish-green, furrowed by showy ribs with numerous dark or yellow spines. In spring and d in autumn it produces large elongated buds, from which large flowers bloom, of various colors, from yellow to red, from white to dark purple. There are very many varieties and species, with flowers of various colors and also of various sizes, even if the most appreciated species have very large flowers. Every 3-4 years the plants tend to lignify in the lower part, it is advisable to prune the plant also drastically, so as to favor the development of new vigorous stems.

Exposure


they are grown in a not excessively sunny place, especially during the hot season; in winter they can be placed in a sunny place, but it is advisable to shade them slightly during the summer, especially if we live in a place with a very hot climate. Avoid poorly ventilated positions. Fears the cold and generally in winter it is grown in a tempered greenhouse, with a minimum temperature close to 6-10 ° C.

Ground


it is an epiphytic plant, which therefore does not produce a large amount of roots and needs a very loose and well-drained substratum; a mixture consisting of a part of peat, a part of sand and a part of pumice stone with a fairly fine grain size is used. It is advisable to repot the plants every 2-3 years, changing all the substrate. They are very suitable for hanging basketry.

Watering


during the cold season they stay completely dry; when they begin to produce the first buds, they begin to water, intervening when the soil dries; watering continues in spring and autumn, suspending them only in summer if the plant stops flowering. In spring provide small doses of specific fertilizer for succulent plants, mixed with water for watering.

Aporophyllum: Pests and diseases


often the cochineal attacks these plants, nesting in a particular way at the base of the stems; they are often also attacked by mites.