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Delosperma echinatum, commonly known as the Pickle Plant or Ice Plant, is a unique succulent with spiky, fleshy leaves that resemble pickles. Sold as a healthy cutting -  Here's a detailed care sheet to help you grow and maintain this interesting plant:


  • Requirements: Delosperma echinatum thrives in bright, direct light. It can handle full sun, which helps maintain its compact growth and encourages flowering. If grown indoors, place it in a south or west-facing window where it can receive plenty of sunlight. Insufficient light can result in leggy growth.


  • Frequency: Water thoroughly but infrequently. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Overwatering is a common issue, so it's better to err on the side of underwatering. During the growing season (spring and summer), water when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil is dry. Reduce watering in fall and winter when the plant is dormant.
  • Method: Water at the base of the plant, avoiding the leaves to prevent rot and fungal issues.


  • Type: Use a well-draining succulent or cactus mix. You can make your own mix by combining regular potting soil with perlite, pumice, or coarse sand to improve drainage.
  • Potting: Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from sitting at the bottom.


  • Range: Delosperma echinatum prefers moderate temperatures between 65-80°F (18-27°C). It can tolerate higher temperatures if kept in the shade during the hottest part of the day. Protect it from frost, as it is not frost-tolerant.
  • Winter Care: Keep the plant in a cool, dry place during the winter, ideally around 50-55°F (10-13°C).


  • Preference: This plant prefers low humidity and does well in dry indoor environments. Avoid high humidity areas like bathrooms.


  • Schedule: Feed sparingly with a balanced, diluted fertilizer formulated for succulents once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid fertilizing during the dormant period in fall and winter.


  • Methods: Delosperma echinatum can be propagated from stem cuttings. Allow the cuttings to callus for a few days before planting them in well-draining soil. Keep the soil lightly moist until roots develop.
  • Leaf Cuttings: Propagation from leaf cuttings is possible but less common.


  • Needs: Minimal pruning is required. Remove any dead, damaged, or yellowing leaves with clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to maintain the plant's health and appearance.

Pests and Problems:

  • Common Pests: Watch for common succulent pests such as mealybugs, spider mites, and aphids. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  • Disease Prevention: Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal issues. Avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.

Potting and Repotting:

  • Repotting Schedule: Repot Delosperma echinatum every 2-3 years or when the plant outgrows its current container. Choose a pot that is slightly larger with good drainage.
  • Repotting Tips: Handle the plant carefully to avoid damaging the roots and leaves. Allow the plant to dry out for a few days after repotting before resuming regular watering.

Special Care Notes:

  • Sun Protection: Gradually acclimate the plant to increased sunlight to prevent leaf burn.
  • Flowering: With proper care and plenty of light, Delosperma echinatum produces small, daisy-like flowers that add to its charm.

By following these care guidelines, you can help your Delosperma echinatum thrive and enjoy its unique appearance and interesting foliage in your succulent collection.

Delosperma echinatum

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