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Sarcocaulon herrei 'Bushman's Candle'

Description: Sarcocaulon herrei, commonly known as 'Bushman's Candle,' is a unique succulent shrub native to southern Africa. It belongs to the Geraniaceae family and is characterized by its woody, cylindrical stem that resembles a candle or a bottle. The stem is covered in a thick layer of corky bark, which helps the plant retain moisture in its arid environment. The leaves of Sarcocaulon herrei are small, green to grey-green in color, and often inconspicuous compared to the striking stems. During the blooming season, the plant produces small clusters of white to pinkish flowers that are fragrant and attractive to pollinators.

Distribution: Sarcocaulon herrei is native to the arid regions of Namibia and South Africa, where it thrives in sandy, well-draining soils. It is adapted to dry, sunny conditions and is often found in rocky outcrops or desert habitats.

Care Tips:


  • Requirement: Full sun to partial shade.
  • Details: Sarcocaulon herrei thrives in bright light conditions. It can tolerate full sun exposure, especially in cooler climates, but may benefit from some afternoon shade in hot regions to prevent stem scorching.


  • Requirement: Minimal watering.
  • Details: Water Sarcocaulon herrei sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. During the active growing season (spring and summer), water lightly as needed. Reduce watering in the winter months when growth slows down to prevent root rot.


  • Requirement: Well-draining soil.
  • Details: Plant Sarcocaulon herrei in a specialized succulent or cactus potting mix. Ensure the soil is well-draining to prevent waterlogged conditions, which can lead to root rot.


  • Requirement: Warm temperatures.
  • Details: Sarcocaulon herrei prefers temperatures between 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 29°C) during the active growing season. Protect it from temperatures below 50°F (10°C), as it is sensitive to cold and frost.


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


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


  • Requirement: Infrequent repotting.
  • Details: Repot Sarcocaulon herrei only when necessary, typically every few years or when the plant has outgrown its container. Use a slightly larger pot with good drainage.


  • Requirement: Seeds or stem cuttings.
  • Details: Propagate Sarcocaulon herrei from seeds, which can be sown in a well-draining seed-starting mix and kept lightly moist until germination. Alternatively, propagate from stem cuttings by allowing the cut ends to callous for a few days before planting them in a suitable potting mix.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Sarcocaulon herrei 'Bushman's Candle,' appreciating its unique stem structure and occasional fragrant flowers in your succulent collection or garden.

Sarcocaulon herrei 'Bushmans candle' 10cm pot

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