Cotyledon Orbiculata CV is a lovely rare succulent that grows into a cluster with chubby powdery leaves that look alike pig’s ears and can withstand in climate change. When stressed, the leaves would turn into a dark purple color. If you’d like to maintain their compact and small size you will need to put it in a small pot and only give a minimal amount of water. It is crucial to use an absorptive medium for this plant since it needs direct sunlight. If it is starting to revert into greenish color and the space of the leaves is less compact then it needs more sun exposure.
They don’t need frequent watering since they store it in their leaves. Give them a good drenching and then allow the soil to dry out, before watering again. They go dormant when the temperature gets hot in summer and need even less water. Be careful never to let water sit in the rosette as it can cause rot or fungal diseases that will kill the plant.
It can grow up to 13 by 7 cm in size and highly drought resistant. So it’s pretty easy to grow it as an outdoor plant. In colder areas, where temperatures can drop to as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s better to grow them indoors. In these areas, you can still grow them outside, but then it must be in containers. You can then bring them inside when the cold starts biting. Fertilization should be once every year, and that is in late spring or early summer. Feed your pig’s ear with a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer containing equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (10-10-10). Just dissolve a teaspoonful of the fertilizer in a gallon of water, and you’ll be set. Apply the fertilizer gently in a ring to avoid splashing it on the leaves.
Propagation of the pig’s ear is through stem cuttings. Pick out a tall enough stem – 5 cm and above – with a few nodes on it (even a single one will do). Pluck off the stem and dip it in a rooting hormone (of course with the “injured” part in). Next up is to prepare a paper towel sheet that you’ll use to wrap the stem. Wet the paper towel using warm water and wring it enough to leave it just damp. Wrap the towel around your stem and set it up on a plate in a sunny spot. Make a point of changing the sheet often adhering to the above process of preparing another one. Be sure also to leave out the nodes when you wrap your stem. The stem will be ready for potting in about four weeks – this is the period it’ll take to root. Snails and slugs are the most common problems you’ll encounter. These are brought about by under growths and debris. And they’re easily noticeable by the all-familiar slimy lines they leave behind. Another indicator of their presence is small holes in the leaves of your plant. In that case, you’ll need to set up snail traps to deal with these slimy beings. Also, make a point of making the area around your plant clear.
Easy Tips to Remember:
- Porous soil with good drainage.
- Bright light with ample airflow.
- Water when soil is dry
- Protect from winter frost.
- Protect from extreme heat