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Care of the plant Oscularia deltoides or Pink Ice Plant.

Care of the plant Oscularia deltoides or Pink Ice Plant

The genus Oscularia, family Aizoaceae, comprises 20 species of succulent plants native to southern Africa. Some species are: Oscularia deltoides, Oscularia pedunculata, Oscularia falciformis, Oscularia pedunculata, Oscularia steenbergensis.

Common names: Pink Ice Plant, Tooth-leaf Rock Vygie, Pink Iceplant, Deltoid-leaved dewplant. Scientific synonyms: Lampranthus deltoides, Mesembryanthemum deltoides. This species is native to South-western Cape, South Africa.

They are succulent plants with reddish stems that form thick clumps of creeping bearing 30 cm high. The attractive bluish foliage is composed of characteristic fleshy leaves with slightly serrated edges with false spines. The interesting pink flowers with a yellow center appear so abundantly that they cover the leaves. They bloom in spring and summer.

They are used in rockeries, on borders, as a covering for dry areas of the garden and small walls, in hanging pots or as indoor and greenhouse plants.

Oscularia deltoides grows in light shade exposure but prefers full sun to produce more flowers. They resist occasional frosts down to -5 ºC).

They can grow in any type of soil that has good drainage.

Water moderately in spring and summer, waiting for the substrate to dry well. In winter do not water. They resist drought very well.

Fertilize once a month in spring and summer with succulent plant fertilizer to promote flowering.

Prune lightly after flowering to keep it compact and to control growth.

They are resistant to pests but are very sensitive to overwatering.

They are propagated from seed sown in spring or, more easily, by cuttings that quickly form roots.

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