top of page

Cheiridopsis species 'Lobster Claws'

Description: Cheiridopsis is a genus of succulent plants in the Aizoaceae family, native to southern Africa. They are characterized by their small, compact growth habit and often have distinctive, lobed or finger-like leaves that give them a unique appearance. The "Lobster Claws" nickname likely refers to the lobed shape of the leaves resembling lobster claws. These plants typically form clumps over time and can produce showy flowers that range in color from yellow to orange or even pink.

Distribution: Cheiridopsis species are native to arid regions of South Africa, particularly in the Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces. They thrive in rocky, well-draining soils and are adapted to dry, sunny conditions.

Care Tips:

  • Light:

    • Requirement: Bright, indirect light to partial shade.
    • Details: Cheiridopsis species prefer bright light conditions. Place them near a window where they can receive plenty of indirect sunlight. Outdoors, they can tolerate some direct morning sunlight but should be protected from intense afternoon sun to prevent leaf scorching.
  • Watering:

    • Requirement: Minimal watering.
    • Details: Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. During the active growing season (spring and autumn), water lightly as needed. Reduce watering in the summer dormancy period to prevent root rot.
  • Soil:

    • Requirement: Well-draining soil.
    • Details: Plant Cheiridopsis in a specialized succulent or cactus potting mix. You can also create your own mix using equal parts of potting soil, sand, and perlite to ensure good drainage.
  • Temperature:

    • Requirement: Moderate temperatures.
    • Details: Ideal temperatures range from 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C) during the active growing season. Protect Cheiridopsis species from temperatures below 50°F (10°C) and avoid sudden temperature fluctuations.
  • Humidity:

    • Requirement: Low humidity.
    • Details: Cheiridopsis plants thrive in dry, low-humidity conditions. They do not require additional humidity and prefer good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal issues.
  • Fertilizing:

    • Requirement: Minimal fertilization.
    • Details: Fertilize Cheiridopsis sparingly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half-strength during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid fertilizing during the winter dormancy period.
  • Repotting:

    • Requirement: Infrequent repotting.
    • Details: Repot Cheiridopsis plants only when necessary, typically every few years or when they have outgrown their container. Use a slightly larger pot with good drainage.
  • Propagation:

    • Requirement: Offsets or seeds.
    • Details: Propagate Cheiridopsis by dividing offsets (pups) that develop around the base of the parent plant. Carefully remove these offsets and plant them in their own pots with well-draining soil. Alternatively, sow seeds in a well-draining seed-starting mix and keep them lightly moist until germination.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Cheiridopsis species 'Lobster Claws,' appreciating their unique foliage and occasional colorful flowers in your succulent collection.

Cheiridopsis species 'Lobster claws' 9cm pot

Only 3 left in stock
    No Reviews YetShare your thoughts. Be the first to leave a review.
    bottom of page