Anacampseros grow and care – subshrub succulent of the genus Anacampseros, Anacampseros perennial evergreen used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10-11.
Leaves color green, purple, pink, orange, red or can be more than on color, shape can be round, linear, wedge or lanceolate, on some species grow hair.
Well-drained soil, more than 7C, can survive light frost but better without
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seeds (explanation bellow) / Vegetative reproduction – cutting leaf, cut the leaf or cut in the base of the leaf with hand not anything sharp and wait at least 24 hours or if not cut in the base or cut with sharp object need wait few days to few weeks until the tissue will hill, put it in well-drained soil, and water it every few days small amount of water, let in dry but not fully dry, after few weeks to month it start to grow root, better to start cutting indoor with sterile soil reduce the amount of pests.
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but faster to start from cutting from leaf
Difficulties or problems when growing: Poisonous
Recommended planting season? Spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10b-11a, all year in hardiness zone 11b-12
Pests and diseases: Aphids, slugs
Pruning season: All year, but better for design in the winter
How to prune: Dead leaves
Size of the plant: 5-20 cm, 2-8 inches, usually the plant small and never arrive to 20cm(8inches)
Growth speed in optimal condition: Slow growing
Water requirement: Small amount of water, let it dry between watering, don’t use bottom for the pot and if yes take the extra water out of the bottom, over water will kill the plant.
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Half Shade in desert better with morning sun / Full Shade with light
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? Yes, when grow indoor need to put less water because it’s there are less factor that drain the soil, but if there ventilator, air condition and heaters, be aware that it’s dry the air and take care of the plant.
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, in containers need soil that will be with good drainage, possible potting mix or sandy soil, it’s good to use lava grit but after few year need to switch, also potting mix lose the water absorb, this is why sandy will be the best result but need to add small amount of fertilizer, need to choose container that 15% to 30 % bigger than the roots ball and switch to bigger when the plant fill the pot.
Bloom season: Spring / Summer
General information about the flower Purple with five petals with yellow stamens, flowers grow on the stems
How to grow from seeds
sow in half shade to full shade location or with light but be aware that colder the season sow in more sun hotter full shade, better sandy soil or well ventilated soil like cactus potting mix and good drainage is important
Saving seeds and care until sowing: Dry and dark place in room temperature
Sowing season: spring but possible in autumn and winter in hot climate, in summer put it in full shade, in hardiness zone 10a spring to summer, hardiness zone 10b spring to autumn, hardiness zone 11 all year
Planting spacing: 20-30cm, (8-12 inches)
Depth of Sowing: 0.5cm, (0.25inches)
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist soil but do not over water and don’t let it dry
Watering requires for Seeds: Small amount of water / Average amount of water, keep the soil lightly moist and do not overwater and don’t let it fully dry
Germination time: 2-4 weeks
Condition of seedling: Light with moist soil and well ventilated soil
Cultivars and species
Purple giant – big cultivar with big leaves, the color is purple with green
Anacampseros namaquensis – color green, red or mostly when there is red it comes with green, leaves in wedge shape with hair
Sunrise (rufescens) – color pink with green
Anacampseros rufescens – color of the leaves green, but can be variegata green with purple or pink
Anacampseros telephiastrum – color of the leaves green, but can be variegata green with purple, red or pink