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Care of the plant Ruschia uncinata or Doringvygie.

Care of the succulent plant Ruschia uncinata or Doringvygie

The genus Ruschia, family Aizoaceae, comprises 400 species of succulent plants native to South Africa. Some species are: Ruschia uncinata, Ruschia lineolata, Ruschia macowanii, Ruschia tumidula.

Common name: Doringvygie. Scientific synonyms: Mesembryanthemum uncinatum, Mesembryanthemum uncinellum, Ruschia uncinella.

They are succulent plants of covering size that reach 30 cm (11.8") in height. The erect stems are grayish green and do not have leaves but opposite pointed nodes. The small flowers are purplish-pink in color and have fine, erect petals. They bloom in spring.

They are used to cover slopes and areas of the garden that are difficult to access, in rockeries, in low walls and in pots for balconies, terraces and patios. They combine well with plants of the Lippia, Zoysia, Gazania, Nananthus, Drosanthemum, Lampranthus and Crassula genera. They resist pollution from cities.

Ruschia uncinata needs full sun exposure and a warm climate. It resists occasional frosts down to -3 ºC (26.6 ºF).

They can be grown in any well-drained soil: dry, rocky, limestone, sandy, poor or stony.

Water moderately in spring and summer, waiting for the substrate to dry. In autumn and winter they can keep up with the rains. They are very resistant to drought.

Fertilize in early spring with mineral fertilizer for succulents.

They do not need pruning.

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

It's advisable to renew the plants every 3 years because they lose their attractiveness by propagating them through cuttings in spring or by buying new plants.

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Ruschia uncinata