Delosperma Echinatum - The Pickle Cactus
Despite the common name, this isn't actually a member of the cactus family, its resemblance gives rise to the name, not its scientific classification. This compact and easy to care for plant is ideal for the beginner with a hardy nature and very few special requirements.
Size: Nursery pot width 12cm, height 20cm.
Light: This plant likes a lot of light, as the exposure to the sun during the start of this plant's growth isn't known be cautious just placing it in direct sun. The plant may need time to adjust to its new environment and bear in mind sun is intensified when shining through glass. A red tinge will be apparent on the leaves as a result of sun stress if the exposure is too great.
Water: Although not a true cactus, the watering requirements are pretty much the same. Allow soil to thoroughly dry out before offering anymore. Reduce water intake in the winter months.
Temperature: Found naturally at high altitudes this little plant has a good tolerance to low temperatures. Average room temperature is fine during the warmer months.
Humidity: No additional humidity requirements.
Feed: Succulent fertiliser, diluted once a month during the warmer spring and summer growing months.
Care tips: A quick shower in the warmer months will help keep this plant dust free. No know toxins but be wary of the prickly texture.
Height & Growth rate: A maximum of 20 inches but fairly slow growing.
Origin: South Africa