Here’s a little visual guide to caring for Pleiospilos nelii ‘Split Rock’ (NOT a Lithops!) It’s potted in a mix of about 30% topsoil and the rest is a combo of Turface, pumice, and expanded shale, and it’s top dressed with pumice.
I’m in Houston and it’s hot and humid here so I have to be extra careful about drainage and not letting the leaves stack more than 2 pairs. In drier climates you can get away w/ less drainage materials and 3 stacks should be fine. Otherwise, if it has 3 or more stacked leaf pairs it’s at a higher risk for rot since the plant will have too much water in its body to process.
This guy didn’t flower for me last summer but there’s a good chance it will this year!
#1: July 2019 – one set of leaves, very firm to the touch. Water when they have felt soft for 3 days or more… it can take a month or more after giving them a drink before they start to get soft again.
#2: August 2019- New leaves coming in! Still following the water rules as above for #1
#3: November 2019 – New leaves are coming in nicely! Still follow water rules from #1
#4: March 2020- Another new leaf pair is emerging. At this point I want to let the oldest pair dry out so no more water until they’re withered and the 2nd pair feels soft.
#5: April 2020- Left leaf is almost finished; right leaf is soft; 2nd and 3rd pairs are firm – still no water!
#6: May 2020- The oldest leaves are now withered and almost crispy. Due to the high humidity here in Houston, I may need to trim them if they don’t dry out enough to pull away cleanly. The remaining leaves are still very firm so I’ll wait to water until the outer leaves feel soft. By mid-summer I may need to bring it indoors (under grow lights) as these can go heat dormant and watering them if they are ‘resting’ can kill them. Hopefully there’s a flower getting ready to pop out in the next few months!
#7: May 14, 2020- Now the older leaves are dry I’ll just wait until the outer leaves get soft and start over from #1 again! It’s even starting to split and I can see some new growth inside. Hoping for a flower!
While they’re somewhat similar to Lithops, Pleiospilos are a bit more forgiving. Learn about when to water them, how to let the older leaves be absorbed by new growth and other essential care needs to keep them alive and happy!
For those of you who are interested in learning about how to feed your succulents, this video’s for you! Learn about when to fertilize (and more importantly, when not to), what type of food to look for, and how succulents use the different nutrients for growth.
There are several varieties of Crassula ovata ‘Jade’ plants and most are prone to developing white spots like these. Don’t worry though because it is simply excess salt mineral deposits being exuded by the leaves through their stomata (pores).
I’m so glad I got this new Spider Farmer LED light just in time for a cold front coming through Houston. I demonstrate how to set up the fixture and make the most of the light while moving my plants into my garage.
When temps drop below 50F/10C for more than a few days you’ll need to be ready to protect your succulents from the cold. This video is for those of you who don’t have a place to keep them outside and need to bring them indoors.
It’s that time of year (summer) when mealybugs are at their worst and sure enough I found a pot with multiple succulents under attack. Here’s a natural method using just running water and diatomaceous earth – it’s tedious work but better safe than sorry!
It’s HOT out y’all and your succulents can really struggle in the heat. Learn about heat/summer dormancy, watering, fertilizing, and general care tips for succulents in high temperatures. Following is a list of summer and winter dormant succulents, though some might act more as opportunistic growers depending on where you’re located.
Finally a great white LED fixture! The kind folks at Mars Hydro sent me a really awesome LED grow light to test and I couldn’t be happier with the results, especially with how natural the light color is!