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Faucaria tigrina, commonly known as Tiger's Jaw or Shark's Jaw, is a fascinating succulent plant native to South Africa. Here's a care sheet focusing on factual information:


  • Light Requirements: Faucaria tigrina prefers bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning or late afternoon. However, protect it from intense, full sun exposure, particularly during the hottest part of the day, to prevent leaf burn.


  • Watering Needs: Water Faucaria tigrina sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. During the growing season (spring and summer), water infrequently but thoroughly when the soil is dry. Reduce watering significantly in winter when the plant goes dormant, watering only enough to prevent shriveling.


  • Soil Type: Plant Faucaria tigrina in a well-draining succulent or cactus mix. A sandy or gritty soil with excellent drainage is essential to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.


  • Temperature Range: Faucaria tigrina prefers moderate temperatures between 60-80°F (15-27°C). It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures but should be protected from frost, as it is not frost-tolerant.


  • Humidity Preference: Faucaria tigrina prefers low humidity levels typical of its native desert-like habitat. It can tolerate dry air and does not require high humidity.


  • Fertilization: Feed Faucaria tigrina sparingly with a balanced, diluted fertilizer formulated for succulents during the growing season (spring and summer). Refrain from fertilizing during fall and winter when growth slows down.


  • Propagation Methods: Faucaria tigrina can be propagated from offsets or by seed. Allow offsets to dry and callus for a few days before planting in well-draining soil. Seeds can be sown in a sandy, well-draining mix.


  • Pruning Requirements: Trim off any dead or dried leaves as needed to maintain the plant's appearance and health. Remove spent flower stalks after blooming to encourage new growth.

Pests and Problems:

  • Pest Control: Monitor for common succulent pests such as mealybugs or spider mites. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal issues.

Potting and Repotting:

  • Repotting Needs: Repot Faucaria tigrina every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current container. Choose a slightly larger pot with drainage holes to accommodate the plant's root system.

Special Care Notes:

  • Dormancy: Faucaria tigrina may go dormant in winter, during which it requires less water and cooler temperatures. Resume regular watering and feeding in spring when new growth appears.
  • Sun Exposure: Provide bright light and occasional direct sun exposure to maintain its health and compact growth. Too little light can cause elongation of leaves.

By following these care guidelines, you can help your Faucaria tigrina thrive and showcase its unique leaf shapes and patterns in your succulent collection. This plant's distinctive appearance and low-maintenance requirements make it an excellent choice for succulent enthusiasts.

Faucaria tigrina

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