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Care of the plant Faucaria or Tiger Jaws.

Care of the plant Faucaria or Tiger Jaws

The genus Faucaria, family Aizoaceae, comprises 30 species of succulent plants native to southern Africa. Some species are: Faucaria lupina, Faucaria tigrina, Faucaria tuberculosa, Faucaria felina.

Common names: Shark's Jaws, Cat Chap, Tiger Jaws, Cat Jaws, Wolf-mouth Mesemb. This species is native to South Africa.

They are small succulent plants with characteristic fleshy leaves that form rosettes, have light-colored spots and a sharp edge (they look like jaws with teeth). They produce pretty yellow flowers that bloom in the fall or early winter; the flowers last a few days and open at noon. They bloom after 2 years of life.

They are used as indoor plants (if the winter is very cold) or as outdoor plants (in Mediterranean or subtropical climates).

The Faucaria needs full sun or light shade exposure and temperatures above 5 ºC. The resting time is from mid-autumn to mid-spring (the temperature should not be higher than 15 ºC).

The soil can be a mixture of cactus substrate with 1/4 of coarse sand. They do not usually need a transplant.

Water very moderately until the plant comes to rest (the leaves wrinkle a little); it's time to suspend irrigation.

Fertilize in summer with mineral fertilizer for cacti every 15 days.

The worst enemy of these plants is the excess of irrigation that causes fungal diseases.

They propagate by division, by leaf cuttings or from seeds; the seeds should rest for several months before sowing.

Images of the plant Faucaria or Tiger Jaws

Faucaria
Faucaria lupina
Faucaria tigrina
Faucaria tigrina
Faucaria tigrina
 

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