Adromischus

 In Category Cactus

Family: Crassulaceae
Habitat: South Africa and Namibia
Cultivation: They require a growing environment growing  full of sun and well ventilated, with a minimum temperature of 6-7 ° C. Frequency of watering: every 15 days in the summer.
Curiosity: His name literally means “abundant rod”: it grows in clumps of fleshy leaves, which are grouped in rosettes.

ADROMISCHUS KEY FEATURES

The plants of the genus Adromischus are small , they are from South Africa and Namibia. They are characterized by thick, fleshy leaves that grow in clumps arranging themselves in the shape of rosette. The plants are usually small, with a maximum height of about ten centimeters. They especially grow in width, papering the surface of the vessel. It is one of the most popular genres on the market, either for the small size and for the  ease of cultivation, they are also  very appreciated among those who are not used to have succulent plants in their own garden or terrace. Then, for its ground cover ability, it is well suited to pot compositions.

The many varieties of Adromischus have very different shapes and details, due to the type of leaf (which may be round, flat, more or less square or elongated). If they are exposed to sunlight, it may appear, in the leaves, yellow mottling. The blooms, however, are little short and inconspicuous. In the center of the plant it comes out an ear  with small pale yellow or light green flowers, which appears in spring and summer. This ear is often attacked by aphids and so it is better to do a good disinfestation as soon as you notice the first signs of any parasites.

VARIETY AND TYPES

The Adromischus, that belongs to the Crassulaceae family, are divided into the following 29 species:

  • A. alstonii 
  • A. bicolor 
  • A. caryophyllaceus 
  • A. cooperi
  • A. chocholine
  • A. cristatus cristatus
  • A. diabolicus 
  • A. fallax 
  • A. filicaulis 
  • A. hemisphaericus 
  • A. humilis 
  • A. inamoenus
  • A. leucophyllus 
  • A. liebenbergii 
  • A. maculatus
  • A. mamillaris 
  • A. marianae (variante: immacolatus)
  • A. marianae (variante: herrei)
  • A. maximus
  • A. montium-klinghardtii 
  • A. nanus 
  • A. phillipsiae
  • A. roaneanus
  • A. schuldtianus
  • A. sphenophyllus
  • A. subdistichu

TIPS FOR GROWING

The Adromischus are easy to grow and also very resistant to cold even though, as already mentioned, it is necessary to pay attention to possible parasitic infections.

Here the main steps that we recommend to follow in order to get healthy and good-looking plants:

  • A position where the plant can receive a lot of light. If you grow succulents indoors you need to leave them near a sunny window. The direct sunlight could, however, wrinkle the leaves so it is important to check that the plant is not under the sun for many hours a day.
  • Choose a well-ventilated place.
  • The Adromischus thrive in warm environments (ideal is 24 ° C), but they resist well even at lower temperatures. Their limit is 5 – 10 ° C. In winter it is good to place them in a sheltered environment and especially out of the rain: water stagnation between the foliage can be fatal.
  • Regular watering in summer (approximately every two weeks), scarce in winter (one per month). But if the plant is located in the apartment it will need to be watered more frequently, to resist  to the environmental dryness.
  • A well-drained soil: for example, a mixture of peat and sand with the addition of a little of gravel. The fertilizer can be limited to the growing season and after any repotting, always with the specific fertilizers.
  • The plants remain modest in height but have, as already said, a high capacity of ground cover. The repotting it is not necessary to increase the size of the plant (unless one wishes to develop in width) but it is useful to keep it in good health and to slow the aging.

You can get new specimens of Adromischus very easily through cuttings, starting from the leaves. Just cut off a healthy leaf, let it rest one day in a warm environment to dry the wound, and finally place it upright in a pot with suitable soil. It is advisable to start the cuttings when the plant begins to age; the Adromischus, in fact, after a few years begin to wither and to lose their leaves even if they are grown under optimal conditions.

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