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Care of the plant Aridaria brevicarpa or Day Desertfig.

Care of the plant Aridaria brevicarpa or Day Desertfig

The genus Aridaria, family Aizoaceae, includes 4 species of succulent plants native to southern Africa. The species are: Aridaria brevicarpa, Aridaria noctiflora, Aridaria vespertina and Aridaria semtina.

Common name: Day Desertfig. Scientific synonym: Mesembryanthemum brevicarpum. This species is native to South Africa and Namibia.

They are succulent plants with a bushy bearing that reach 1 meter in height. The fleshy cylindrical leaves are opposite and green in color. The showy and perfumed white or cream flowers contrast with the foliage; they open if they receive direct sunlight. They bloom in spring.

They are used in rockeries, on dry slopes, to form groups, as isolated specimens and in pots for patios and terraces. They combine very well with other species of Mesembryanthemum. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

Aridaria brevicarpa prefers full sun exposure but also grows in semi-shade. They resist very light and occasional frosts.

They grow in any type of soil that has good drainage. Planting or transplanting is done in early spring.

Always water moderately, waiting until the substrate has completely dried. They resist drought very well.

They do not need fertilizers.

Although it is not strictly necessary, they can be lightly pruned after flowering to maintain a compact appearance.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases but sensitive to excess humidity.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring and by cuttings outside the flowering season.

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Aridaria brevicarpa
Aridaria brevicarpa
Aridaria brevicarpa
Aridaria brevicarpa
Aridaria brevicarpa
Aridaria brevicarpa
 

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