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Titanopsis calcarea 'Giant Jewel Plant'

Description: Titanopsis calcarea, commonly known as the 'Giant Jewel Plant,' is a striking succulent species belonging to the Aizoaceae family. It is admired for its compact rosette-forming growth habit and unique foliage. The leaves are triangular to cylindrical, usually grey-green to bluish-green in color, and covered with small, papillate (bumpy) tubercles. These tubercles give the leaves a rough, textured appearance, similar to small jewels embedded on the surface. During the blooming season, Titanopsis calcarea may produce small, daisy-like yellow flowers with white centers, emerging from the center of the rosette.

Distribution: Titanopsis calcarea is native to the arid regions of South Africa, particularly found in the Northern Cape province. It thrives in rocky, quartzitic soils and is adapted to dry, sunny conditions.

Care Sheet:

  • Light:

    • Requirement: Bright, indirect light to partial shade.
    • Details: Titanopsis calcarea prefers bright light conditions. Place it near a window where it can receive plenty of indirect sunlight. Outdoors, it 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: Use a specialized succulent or cactus potting mix, or create your own mix using equal parts of potting soil, sand, and perlite. Good drainage is essential to prevent waterlogged soil conditions.
  • 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 Titanopsis calcarea from temperatures below 50°F (10°C) and avoid sudden temperature fluctuations.
  • Humidity:

    • Requirement: Low humidity.
    • Details: Titanopsis calcarea 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 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 Titanopsis calcarea 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: Offsets or leaf cuttings.
    • Details: Propagate Titanopsis calcarea by carefully removing and replanting offsets (pups) that develop around the base of the parent plant. Alternatively, propagate from leaf cuttings by gently twisting a healthy leaf from the main plant and allowing the cut end to callous for a few days before planting in a well-draining soil mix.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Titanopsis calcarea 'Giant Jewel Plant,' appreciating its unique appearance and occasional colorful flowers in your succulent collection.

Titanopsis calcarea 'giant jewel plant'

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