Did you ever dream of a garden full of colors just like a jewel?
You may want to add to your beautiful garden the Pachyphytum Compactum which also known as Little Jewel. These are fun facts you’d like to know about this plant.
Pachyphytum Compactum grows in both height and length giving a round shrub. It has short stems and tightly branched usually upright up to 6 inches tall or 16 inches long if pendent. Leaves are fleshy, round, distinctively patterned, and a lot of variety of colors that is why it is called a little jewel. You will see different colors, especially when stressed by cold or drought. If slightly stressed, they are matted green or tinged violet. that grows up to 1.6 inches long and 0.6 inches wide. The flowers are barrel-shaped held up to 12 inches long stems ranges color from pinkish-orange flowers to dark red with dark green or dark violet tips. It doesn’t have a distinctive scent that could attract some insects.
This kind of plant loves full sun exposure during daytime with 68° – 80° degrees Fahrenheit and dry climate. It cannot tolerate the winter frost and will die in 20° degrees Fahrenheit temperature. When you place it in full sun, the leaves turn into dark colors. Besides, it can tolerate the partial shade as well. If you want to grow this plant indoor during winter you will need to give the plant as much light as possible. Pachyphylum is a desert plant so it doesn’t need frequent watering. It should be potted in a well-drained potting soil mix and Winter is the active growth season of this plant that requires more water during this growing season but it should avoid overwatering it will kill the plant. If unsure when to water the plant, you can check the lowermost of the leaves if there is a sign of drying then you can water it.
In propagating this plant, you can do it by cutting. First, cut the young leaf from the center of the rosette and leave it a few days to dry out so the wound heals. Dip the leaf-cutting in a rooting hormone and place the leaf with its cut-side down into a slightly damp succulent, cactus mix soil or slightly moist sand. A new rosette will soon begin growing from the base of the leaf. As soon as the succulent grows enough roots, remove the original leaf cutting and repot the rosette into its pot. It is quite hard to grow this kind of plant since they are sensitive to human touch as human skin oils can damage their fluorescent coloration. If the plant’s growth slows down or stopped during the winter or spring you need to check the junctions of its leaf, stems, and roots. If you have seen a white, fuzzy substance you need to wash the plant roots gently since it a sign that the plant has a mealybug infestation. After washing it, use a cotton swab to gently dab rubbing alcohol on the roots.
Easy Tips to Remember:
- Full Sunlight
- Well-drained pot
- Protect from winter frost]
- Sensitive to human touch
Pachyphytum compactum Rose
Pachyphytum compactum var. compactum