Pleiospilos nelii “Split Rock” - 2.5”
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Pleiospilos nelii is native to Africa. Extremely succulent pair of grayish-green leaves form a clefted "egg-shape" known as a bi-lobe. Leaves are dotted with myriad tiny dots that are actually stomates. Can grow quite large, to 4" in diameter. Silky golden-apricot flowers with white centers. The genus Pleiospilos is part of the family Aizoaceae, which includes the various forms of plants known as ice plants and those known as mimicry plants. It is preferable that the soil does not contain much organic material, such as peat moss, and that the plant is not fertilized with heavy nitrogen, as this can cause an explosion of soft, flabby growth that can make the plant prone to bacterial rots. Decomposed granite is often an excellent media, as it has many trace minerals and is similar to the South African quartz fields where these and others of the "stone mimicry" are found growing. Excellent in a small windowsill pot or with other mimicry plants that have similar ecological needs.
Recommended pairings: Pleiospilos nelii ‘Royal Flush’ “Purple Split Rock”
Bloom time: Summer to fall
Size: To 4 inches in diameter
Plant in porous soil with excellent drainage (extra pumice or perlite recommended)
Provide bright light with ample airflow
Water thoroughly during spring and fall when soil is completely dry to the touch (will not tolerate waterlogged soils)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9b (25-30° F)
Part of what makes succulents so fascinating are the myriad ways they express themselves throughout the year, depending on light, season, temperature, soil, and hydration. For those and other reasons, the plants you receive may not look exactly as they appear on our website.