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Aloinopsis malherbei 'Jewel Plant'

Description: Aloinopsis malherbei, commonly known as the 'Jewel Plant,' is a small, clump-forming succulent in the family Aizoaceae. It is noted for its attractive, fleshy leaves that are grey-green and covered with small, warty tubercles. The leaves grow in rosettes and have a unique, textured appearance. This plant produces bright, daisy-like flowers, typically yellow to orange, that bloom in late winter to early spring. The flowers open in the afternoon and close in the evening.

Distribution: Aloinopsis malherbei is native to the arid regions of South Africa, specifically the Eastern Cape province. It is found in rocky, sandy soils and often grows in crevices or shallow depressions where it is protected from the harshest sun. The plant's natural habitat experiences extreme temperatures and low rainfall, contributing to its drought tolerance and unique growth habits.

Care Sheet:


  • Requirement: Full sun to partial shade.
  • Details: Aloinopsis malherbei thrives in bright light conditions. If grown indoors, place it in a sunny window where it can receive several hours of direct sunlight each day. It can also tolerate partial shade.


  • Requirement: Minimal watering.
  • Details: Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot. During its growing season (fall to spring), water slightly more frequently but still let the soil dry out between waterings.


  • Requirement: Well-draining soil.
  • Details: Use a cactus or succulent mix, or create your own blend with sand, perlite, and a small amount of organic matter to ensure good drainage. The soil should be gritty and loose.


  • Requirement: Warm temperatures.
  • Details: Ideal temperatures range from 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). Aloinopsis malherbei is relatively frost-tolerant but should be protected from prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures.


  • Requirement: Low humidity.
  • Details: This plant prefers dry conditions and does not require additional humidity. Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal issues.


  • Requirement: Minimal fertilization.
  • Details: Fertilize sparingly, if at all. If you choose to fertilize, use a diluted, balanced fertilizer once during the growing season (spring to early summer).


  • Requirement: Infrequent repotting.
  • Details: Repot only when necessary, typically every few years or when the plant has outgrown its container. Be careful not to damage the roots during repotting.


  • Requirement: Seeds or division.
  • Details: Propagate from seeds sown in a well-draining mix or by carefully dividing offsets from the parent plant. Seed germination requires warmth and light.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Aloinopsis malherbei 'Jewel Plant,' enjoying its unique foliage and vibrant blooms in your collection of succulents.


Aloinopsis malherbei 'Jewel plant' = 9cm pot

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