Originating from Madagascar, the Laxiflora succulent is definitely one of the most odd-shaped succulents out there. If you are planning on buying one or have already done so, then you most certainly want to know how to take care of it and so on. Let’s talk about everything you need to know.
How to grow and take care of Laxiflora succulent?
Growing and caring for the Laxiflora succulent is relatively simple:
- Light: Provide bright, indirect light or partial shade. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.
- Soil: Use well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. The soil should be moist but not waterlogged.
- Watering: Water the succulent sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot.
- Temperature: Laxiflora succulents prefer warm temperatures between 65°F to 90°F (18°C to 32°C). Avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 40°F (4°C).
- Humidity: Laxiflora succulents prefer low to moderate humidity levels.
- Fertilizer: Fertilize the succulent every two to four weeks during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.
- Propagation: Laxiflora succulents can be propagated from leaves or stem cuttings. Let the cuttings callus over for a day or two before planting in well-draining soil.
By following these care tips, you can help your Laxiflora succulent thrive.
What is the expected lifetime of a Laxiflora succulent?
In my personal experience, the Laxiflora succulent lasts about 7-8 years on average. Please keep in mind that my succulents are always cared for well.
If you search on the internet, the expected lifespan of a Laxiflora succulent is not well documented. Like most succulents, it can live for several years with proper care, but its exact lifespan can vary depending on factors such as lighting conditions, watering frequency, and pest or disease infestations. With adequate care, a Laxiflora succulent can live for several years, potentially even more than a decade.
How to water Laxioflora succulents?
When it comes to caring for any succulent, not just the Laxiflora, one of the most important things is how you water it. I have written some pointers to help you achieve the optimal growth of the plant.
- Wait until the soil has completely dried out before watering. This typically takes about a week, but can vary depending on the environment.
- Water thoroughly, until water starts to run out of the bottom of the pot. This will ensure that the entire root system is watered.
- Allow the excess water to drain away completely. Do not leave the succulent standing in water, as this can lead to root rot.
- Repeat the watering process only when the soil has completely dried out again.
It’s important to remember that succulents, including Laxiflora, store water in their leaves, so they do not need to be watered as frequently as other plants. Overwatering is a common cause of succulent death, so be sure to let the soil dry out completely between waterings.
How to prune Laxiflora succulent?
Right after watering, pruning is the second most important thing when it comes to expanding the lifetime of your Laxiflora succulent. That is why I also wrote down some pointers for you.
- Choose healthy, mature stems or leaves. Avoid pruning stems or leaves that are diseased, damaged, or recently produced.
- Cut the stem or leaf from the parent plant using a clean, sharp pair of scissors or shears. Cut as close to the parent plant as possible, without damaging the surrounding tissue.
- Allow the cuttings to callus over for a day or two before planting in well-draining soil. This will help prevent rot and promote root growth.
- Water the cuttings sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Overwatering can lead to rot.
- Place the cuttings in a bright, warm location with indirect light or partial shade. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.
- Keep an eye on the cuttings and adjust the watering frequency as necessary, taking care not to over-water.
By following these steps, you can effectively prune your Laxiflora succulent and propagate new plants.
How big does Laxiflora succulent grow?
The size of a Laxiflora succulent can vary, depending on the growing conditions and the age of the plant. However, Laxiflora succulents are typically small, compact plants that grow to be about 6 to 8 inches tall and wide. They tend to have a trailing or cascading habit, making them a good choice for hanging baskets or as a ground cover in a rock garden. With proper care, Laxiflora succulents can continue to grow and spread over time, forming a dense mat of foliage.
Which soil is the best for Laxiflora succulent?
Laxiflora succulents thrive in well-draining soil. A good mix for these plants is one made of coarse sand, perlite, and potting soil in equal parts. This soil will ensure that water does not get trapped in the pot and cause root rot. Additionally, it’s recommended to avoid using heavy and dense soil mixtures, as they can suffocate the roots and prevent the plant from growing properly.
Where can You buy the Laxiflora succulent?
Laxiflora succulents are relatively uncommon, but you may be able to find them at specialty succulent nurseries or online plant retailers. Some popular online plant retailers include:
- Mountain Crest Gardens
- Succulent Box
- Leaf and Clay
- The Succulent Source
- Costa Farms
You can also try checking with local nurseries or garden centers to see if they carry Laxiflora succulents. If you are unable to find them locally, you may have to order online. It’s important to do research and choose a reputable seller to ensure that you receive a healthy, high-quality plant.
The Laxiflora succulent is a compact, trailing plant that grows to be about 6 to 8 inches tall and wide. It prefers bright, indirect light or partial shade, well-draining soil, warm temperatures, low to moderate humidity levels, and sparing watering (allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings). Fertilize every 2-4 weeks during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Laxiflora succulents can be propagated from stem or leaf cuttings, which should be planted in well-draining soil and kept in a bright location with indirect light. The lifespan of a Laxiflora succulent is not well documented, but with proper care, it can live for several years. Laxiflora succulents can be purchased from specialty succulent nurseries or online plant retailers.
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