An Introduction To Anacampseros

Plant parenthood is at its peak. It is now common to see people incorporating plants into interior décor. And one of the most prominent features in this new blend of nature and architecture is succulents. Succulents are plants adapted to retain water in dry climates and dry soil.
Typically, succulent plants are small, fleshy, and grown in pots. They are now a dominant feature in houses in both indoor and outdoor settings. One of the common succulents is the Anacampseros.
Anacampseros is not a plant on its own. Instead, it is an entire genus that houses a variety of species.

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What are Anacampseros?

Anacampseros is a species of small succulent plants native to Southern Africa. They grow in tight clusters. However, some species form extended groups that extend outwards, creating what looks like a tail. You can identify them by their thick fleshy leaves. Most of the species are green, although they also have different colors in some of their flowers.
They grow close to the ground and thrive insufficient sunlight. Its reaction to sunlight makes it suitable for decorative in-house and outdoor use.

Species of Anacampseros genus:

These are the most common species of the Anacampseros genus.

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Anacampseros Crinita:

This is one of the favorites. Though it blooms into a brilliant pink flower, its leaves make it so preferable among growers. It is also easy to grow. You can identify it by its long fleshy leaves and whitish-brown bristles. Its leaves also appear covered by white web-looking hairs.
These species don’t flower in fast paces and need a minimum of about 20cm diameter to flower. They do exceptionally well in warm weather. However, exposure to cold and excess water will kill this species.

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Anacampseros Telephiastrum:

This species is most noticeable for its brown-reddish leaves. The leaves are also short and form a sharp point at the tip. The plant grows to only about 6 inches, with the leaves only increasing to 0.8 inches wide.
In its early stages, it has white hairs on the leaves that will wither with time. As it ages, it also grows a fleshy stem around the base, known as a caudex. Summer is an excellent time for this succulent as it shows some pink flowers around that time.

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Anacampseros Retusa:

Although they are prone to pest attacks, they have some of the most vivid colorations of the Anacampseros retusa genus. They have small green leaves with points sharper than the telephiastrum species. Their caudex is more visible. They thrive best in free-draining soil and with some mineral enrichment.
It does well in well-lit places, although partial sun brings out its natural essence. The pinkish flowers get their full color in the summer when they turn a bright shade of pink.

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Anacampseros Filamentosa:

Of all the common Anacampsero house succulents, the filamentosa species is arguably the most colorful. Its fleshy leaves have a color variation from green to a light orange hue. The leaves are blunt at the top, making them look like pop-out thumbs. This species is mostly found in rock crevices in river banks, mainly in Namibia.
It can grow up to 10 cm tall, and thin strands of white hair covered its leaves.

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Anacampsero Rufescens:

The Rufescens is a popular option among succulent enthusiasts. This species grows up to 24 inches and covers a width of 24 inches if left to grow in optimum conditions.
It does well in the summer in partial or full sunlight. The leaves are fleshy yet flatter than some of the above species. As they age, they get a purple tone in some of the leaves. While this plant does well in residential settings, it is crucial to note that it might be harmful to humans and animals.

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Growing Anacampseros

How to grow Anacampseros

Being a native plant to Southern Africa, this genus of succulents thrives in the sun. Growing it requires loose soil, minimal water, and adequate nutrition. Since it is a potting plant, you need a big self-draining pot. A raised bed will work fine if you are growing them outdoors.
Feed the gritty soil and sand mixture with potassium-rich fertilizer. Mix the potassium with water, one part to 4 parts.
You can grow these succulents from cuttings. Use a sharp knife to cut a leaf from the main plant. Allow the cut-out to callous before placing it in your soil mixture. Put the calloused cuttings in rooting powder before potting.
You can also grow it using seeds. Sow the seeds in a pot in warm conditions. You can also use a warmer and increase the light in the house. Water lightly and water again only when the soil is dry.
Succulents use a lot of nutrients in summer and spring. Fertilize them with a nutrient-rich fertilizer every three weeks in the summer and spring months.

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Repotting Anacampseros

How to care for Anacampseros

Once your plants start growing, please place them in indirect sunlight in a warm location. However, you can put them in direct sunlight for deep colors as they mature. Exposing them to cold will slowly kill your Anacampseros succulents.
Anacampseros go into dormancy in the colder months. While they don’t lose water as much, you should water your Anacampseros succulents once each month. They are prone to rot in waterlogged pots, so monitor the water content in the pots. Minimize the chances of rot by watering it at the base rather than the leaves.

Treating a diseased Plant

Anacampseros succulents turn black in diseased spits. As soon as you notice dark spots, cut the section off with a sterile knife. It would also be better if you repotted the plant after treating an infestation. Use new soil, fertilizer, and sand or grit.

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Where should you place this plant?

The best place for an Anacampseros succulent is near a natural light and heat source. A window sill is a great place to put it. Use a long container to allow the Anacampseros succulent to grow. Consider planting various species at a time. They bring a vibrant aesthetic in an indoor setting when the flowers bloom. The color variation of aging leaves is a pleasant sight.

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Anacampseros succulents are an easy genus to grow. With the proper attention, they could make your home beautiful. They also make thoughtful gifts for people who love sentimental gifts. They are low maintenance yet have an excellent return value.

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