Originally posted by DowntoEarth: Hi Bad,
Oh wow, I didn't know that! I thought if they didn't get water in the winter, or very little, they would get watered like other succulents, during spring, summer and fall months!
So, I should water during the spring months when dry, then just a little bit in summer, fall and winter, that is, ONLY enough to prevent shriveling?
Have I gotten that right?
Yea the rock, ice, or mimicry plants
(Mesembryanthemaceae) are all very difficult plants
to have good luck. I currently have 3 clumps of “baby toes” Fenistaria (spelling) sp., Glottiphyllum olgicarpum, and Pleiospilos simulans… my baby toes went the entire sweltering Texas summer almost 5 months with only a few waterings. And as soon as winter came along they shrived immediately demanding water (LOTS OF IT)… soon afterward they flowered and will want water until early spring
(march April) and are currently sending out offsets and new leaf pairs. But that is different for my Glottiphyllum… which wants ample water all spring
, summer, and fall (flowering period occurs during the fall). But my Pleiospilos simulans, only required water during spring
with the onset of lengthening days. All genera of these plants
and even species have STRICT watering schedules sensitive to photoperiod & temperature… this is what makes them so hard to grow, they also rot easily to use a soil mix low in humus and high in gypsum, lime and sand…and use deep (tall) containers… and allow water absorption from the bottom…