Cotyledon ‘Mint Truffles’ – A Cotyledon Hybrid

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Cotyledon Mint Truffles is the common name for Cotyledon Hybrid. It belongs to the family Crassulaceae, and it is pretty drought-resistant. The plant grows slowly, and it doesn’t grow very high. It has a unique appearance with leaves tightly packed together, with each appearing behind the other in clusters facing different directions. The succulent green leaves have a reddish border, enhancing the plant’s contrast and beauty. It is an original hybrid developed by Altman plants.

Toxicity

Some plants in this genus are toxic, but there is no evidence that Cotyledon Mint Truffles are toxic to humans or pets.

The following are some things you should know concerning the management of Mint Truffles.

Placement

Cotyledon Mint Truffles does best outdoors because it requires a lot of light and can withstand total exposure to the sun. The outdoor environment is the best for it to grow. Mint Truffles perform best in warm climates, but they can survive low temperatures of up to 1.1oC.

When your location is colder, you should keep your succulent in the house. The plant will grow well in the place provided you give sufficient sunlight. You can supplement the light available to your plant using grow lights for the duration of the cold weather.

Winter Care

This plant is not cold-hardy. You should bring it indoors before the temperature drops below 40oF (5oC) and keep it with temperatures between (50 and 55oF). You don’t need to water it often under these temperatures because evaporation is minimal, and the plant doesn’t spend too much moisture in the season as it is dormant. The soil should be on the dry side this season but with some moisture.

Also, keep the plant in a well-lit room without direct sunlight. You can use grow lights if sunlight is rare in the season.

Watering Cotyledon Mint Truffles

Like most other succulents, Cotyledon’ Mint Truffles’ die from waterlogging. If the plant sits in stagnant water, it suffers from root rot. It would help if you only watered it when the soil you plant is relatively dry. You can tell if the soil is dry enough by checking the top two inches; don’t water if they contain moisture. Also, it would help if you didn’t allow the plant’s leaves to come into contact with water because it leads to leaf rot. You can avoid watering the leaves by watering the plant from below by immersing the pot in a bath of clean water. The water will seep into the soil depending on the bank you are using.

Humidity

Cotyledon Mint Truffles needs medium humidity, at least 40%, to grow optimally. You can use a humidifier if the humidity level is too low. Insufficient humidity will cause the leaves to shrivel, and the plant may ultimately die. Mist the plant carefully because it will rot if water lodges on the leaves.

Pottage

Before discussing the soil on which you should plant succulents, you need to select the pot accordingly. There are various types of pots in the markets, made from different materials. Plant Cotyledon Mint Truffles on the most breathable pot you can get for the best performance.

Waterlogging is the greatest danger to your plant. A breathable pot allows for evaporation thus reducing the chances of waterlogging. The best pot for this purpose is a ceramic/terracotta pot. The main challenge you will experience with this pot is its fragility.

You should also ensure the soil you put in the pot is well-draining. You can make the best soil for these plants by mixing earth with a good humus content with sand or pumice. This way, the water will not settle and expose the plant to root rot.

Pests and Diseases

  • Pests

The most common pests affecting this plant are mealy bugs; scale insects can also menace. You should isolate the affected plant and treat it with a mild mix of succulent soap. Take the plant after managing the infestation.

  • Diseases

The Cotyledon Mint Truffles is susceptible to the following diseases.

  • Leaf spot disease: It is characterized by soft, brown spots. Poor circulation of air causes life spot disease. You can protect your plants from this disease by keeping them in a well-aired place.
    • Basal Stem Rot Disease: You know that your plants are affected by this disease by the yellowing and wilting of their leaves. The stem base softens from rotting, and the plant eventually dies. The condition is caused by overwatering the plant. Ensure you plant it in well-draining soil and keep the pot drained by making drainage holes.
  • Leaf drop

 Leaves are this plant’s main attraction, and dropping them is a big problem. They fall due to overwatering or overwatering. Water the plant regularly in spring and summer when it is grown, and reduce the watering in cold seasons. Overwatering eventually causes root rot and basal stem rot discussed above, so you should avoid it.

  • Legginess

A leggy plant means that the stem is long, with just a few leaves at the top. This reduces the leaves from the plant. Leggy Cotylendon Mint Truffles indicate a lack of adequate sunlight. Move the plant to a better-lit position.

Pruning

Some of the Cotyledon Mint Truffles leave to die, and you will need to prune them from time to time. These leaves’ natural attrition starts at the plant’s lower side. Once you remove them, the beauty of the plant is evident.

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How To Propagate Cotyledon Mint Truffles

There are two primary ways of propagating Cotyledon Mint Truffles – cuttings and seeds.

Propagation by Cuttings

  1. Cut a leaf from your plant. The best laves are the mature, healthy ones closest to the base of the plant, and you should cut all of them from the base.
  2. Set the leaf aside under a leaf for a few days and allow it to be callous.
  3. Put the leaf in a pot of well-draining soil and water sparingly to keep the leaf from rotting. It should produce leaves in about three weeks, and the plant will grow from there.

Stem cuttings aren’t readily available for this plant because it isn’t leggy if you get a stem from the plant. Cut a length of at least two inches, ensuring that you cut at the node. Keep the cutting aside in the shade for about two weeks to dry it off before planting it in a good mix of well-draining soil. Roots should appear in about two weeks, after which you will keep nurturing the plant to its total growth.

Propagation by Seeds

This method requires you to buy certified seeds from recognized sellers. Put the roots about 10 cm under the soil. Put a thin layer of dirt on the source and water. Ensure you water carefully so the water doesn’t splash too hard to displace the seeds. Ensure the soil is well watered until germination.

The soil should be well-draining as recommended for succulents. Water the seedlings from below after germination to keep the delicate seedlings from rotting due to contact with water. Transplant the seedlings to their pots after they form real leaves. It would help if you consistently watered the plants from below at this stage due to their delicate state.

While it is possible to propagate the plant using seeds, it is a much slower, less successful process, and you should go for leaves as much as possible.

You should always start the propagation process in late winter or early spring. Mint Truffles grow in spring and summer, and putting them in the soil at the beginning of spring ensures that it keeps growing for as much of the growing period as possible.

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