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Care of the plant Delosperma karooicum or Ice plant.

Care of the succulent plant Delosperma karooicum or Ice plant

The genus Delosperma, family Aizoaceae, includes 100 species of succulent plants native to South and East Africa. Some species are: Delosperma karooicum, Delosperma cooperi, Delosperma pruinosum, Delosperma herbeum, Delosperma lehmannii, Delosperma rileyi, Delosperma lineare, Delosperma tradescantoides.

Common name: Ice plant. This species is native to South Africa.

They are small succulent plants with a creeping habit that reach 15 cm (5.9") in height. The leaves are fleshy, light green and 1.5 cm (0.59") long. The flowers are small and white but are very abundant. They bloom in spring and can also do so in summer and fall.

Ice plant is used in pots and planters, in rockeries and as dry slope coverings.

Delosperma karooicum needs a sunny exposure but avoiding direct sun in the hottest hours of the day; for example oriented to the East or the West. In winter the temperatures should not be lower than 5 ºC (41 ºF).

Ice plant can grow in poor, dry soils, but they appreciate well-drained soil that contains organic matter. Transplant in early spring if necessary.

Delosperma karooicum resists drought well; water waiting for the soil to dry out completely. It's important to greatly reduce watering in winter.

Ice plant appreciates fertilizers with fertilizer for succulents and cacti every 2 months in spring and summer.

Prune lightly in early spring to maintain a compact appearance and to control growth.

Delosperma karooicum is a resistant plant to the usual pests and diseases.

Ice plant propagates by cuttings in spring or summer and by seeds sown in spring.

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Delosperma karooicum
Delosperma karooicum