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Care of the plant Ruschia macowanii or Beach Tentfig.

Care of the succulent plant Ruschia macowanii or Beach Tentfig

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

Common names: Beach Tentfig, Sea Tentfig.

They are succulent creeping plants with reddish stems that reach 20 cm (7.87") in height and 50 cm (19.68") in width. The fleshy leaves are small, triangular in section and greyish-green in color (they turn reddish in the sun). The spectacular and abundant flowering is very interesting for its long duration. The flowers are pinkish-purple in color and are up to 3 cm (1.18") in diameter. They bloom in summer and early fall.

They are used as cover plants in dry areas of the garden, in rockery combined with plants of the genera Sedum, Gazania, Cerastium, Drosanthemum, Lampranthus and Crassula and in pots and planters. They are ideal for gardens by the sea and for large cities because they resist pollution.

Ruschia macowanii needs very sunny exposure and high temperatures. They resist occasional frosts down to -5º C (23 ºF).

The soil must be well drained and can be chalky, sandy, poor or stony.

They are very low-maintenance plants that need moderate watering, waiting for the substrate to dry very well. They resist drought very well.

Fertilize once in spring with mineral fertilizer for cacti and succulents.

They can be attacked by fungi if there is excess moisture.

They are easily propagated by cuttings (they can root in a week) before or after flowering and from seeds sown in spring (it's a slower process).

Images of the succulent plant Ruschia macowanii or Beach Tentfig

Ruschia macowanii
Ruschia macowanii
Ruschia macowanii
Ruschia macowanii