Conophytum bilobum - Mesembryanthemum - Living Pebbles - Rare - 10 seeds
10 SEEDS HARDINESS ZONES 10-11 Conophytum bilobum (subs. bilobum) is a robust caespitose (groundcover) plant, stemless or with short stems with time. This plant is one of the most widespread and morphologically variable taxon of the genus. Many of its morphological and geographical variant was early classified as different independent species, but nowadays all this plant are considered part of a multiform species, where each form is linked to others by populations of plants with intermediate characteristics Cultivation and Propagation: Conophytum bilobum is a "winter" grower which is most active from late winter until later spring and heading for summer dormancy, but in favourable growing conditions it keeps going over the summer too and doesn't need particular care. All the forms of Conophytum bilobum are easy to grow. Soil: Requires good drainage as it it is prone to root rot. It can grows outdoor in sunny, dry, rock crevices (protection against winter wet is required) It can also be cultivated in alpine house, in poor, drained soil. Watering: It requires little water; otherwise its epidermis breaks (resulting in unsightly scars). Water minimally in summer, (only when the plant starts shrivelling), but it will generally grow even in summer if given water. Water regularly in winter after the previous year's leaves have dried up. Requires good drainage. Fertilization: Feed it once during the growing season with a fertilizer specifically formulated for cactus succulents (poor in nitrogen), including all micro nutrients and trace elements diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. It thrives in poor soils and need a limited supplies of fertilizer to avoid the plants developing excess vegetation, which is easily attacked by fungal diseases. Exposure: Keep cool and shaded in summer, it needs full sun or light shade. Temperature: Hardy to -2°C. Ensure a very good ventilation.
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