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Lapidaria margaretae 'Karoo Rose'

Description: Lapidaria margaretae, commonly known as 'Karoo Rose,' is a small, compact succulent belonging to the Aizoaceae family. It is prized for its distinctive, rose-like appearance with thick, fleshy leaves arranged in tight, overlapping pairs. The leaves are typically grey-green to bluish-green in color, often with reddish or purplish tips, and are covered in small, wart-like bumps (tubercles). This plant forms solitary or clumping rosettes, and during the growing season, it may produce small, daisy-like yellow flowers with white centers.

Distribution: Lapidaria margaretae is native to the Karoo region of South Africa, where it grows in rocky, quartzitic soils. The Karoo is known for its arid climate and sparse vegetation, and Lapidaria margaretae is adapted to survive in these harsh conditions.

Care Sheet:

  • Light:

    • Requirement: Bright, indirect light to partial shade.
    • Details: Lapidaria margaretae prefers bright light conditions. Place it near a window with filtered sunlight or in an east- or west-facing window indoors. Protect it from intense, direct sunlight, especially during the hottest part of the day, 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 significantly during the summer dormancy period to prevent root rot.
  • Soil:

    • Requirement: Well-draining soil.
    • Details: Use a specialized succulent or cactus potting mix, or create your own by mixing equal parts of potting soil, sand, and perlite. Good drainage is crucial to prevent waterlogged soil conditions, which can lead to root rot.
  • 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 Lapidaria margaretae from temperatures below 50°F (10°C) and avoid sudden temperature fluctuations.
  • Humidity:

    • Requirement: Low humidity.
    • Details: This plant thrives in dry, low-humidity conditions. It does not require additional humidity and prefers good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal issues.
  • Fertilizing:

    • Requirement: Minimal fertilization.
    • Details: Fertilize sparingly with a diluted, balanced fertilizer during the growing season (spring to early autumn). Avoid fertilizing during the winter dormancy period.
  • Repotting:

    • Requirement: Infrequent repotting.
    • Details: Repot Lapidaria margaretae only when necessary, typically every few years or when the plant has outgrown its container. Choose a shallow pot with drainage holes to accommodate its shallow root system.
  • Propagation:

    • Requirement: Seeds or offsets.
    • Details: Propagate Lapidaria margaretae from seeds or by carefully removing and replanting offsets (pups) that develop around the base of the parent plant. Sow seeds in a well-draining soil mix and keep them lightly moist until germination.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Lapidaria margaretae 'Karoo Rose,' appreciating its compact growth habit, attractive foliage, and occasional delicate flowers in your succulent collection.

Lapidaria margaretae 'Karoo rose' = 9cm pot

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