The small and rare Dudleya Gnoma, known better by the nickname “Munchkin Liveforever,” has a unique way of adapting to the environment apart from its charming look. The plant is mainly found in Baja California, Mexico. Today, I am glad to look closer at the special features, natural home, growing conditions, and more of Dudleya Gnoma with SucculentCity’s readers. Let’s get to it!
Natural Habitats & Physical Characteristics
Dudleya Gnoma likes to grow on rocky places and cliffs in Baja California. It’s adapted to live through callous conditions like not having much water and being in very bright sunlight. This plant is only found in a few specific spots, making it rare and a conservation concern.
It is relatively small. Dudleya Gnoma features compact, rosette formations with fleshy, tapered leaves that boast a grayish-green hue, sometimes adorned with a subtle red blush, depending on environmental stressors like sunlight and temperature.
Dudleya Gnoma produces bright yellow flower clusters in spring or early summer, with long stems reaching up to 4 inches ~ 10cm. This succulent plant is slightly compact, about 1-3 cm in diameter, making it one of the cute small succulents on my list.
It also has shallow roots to help it stand on the rocks and store water in case it is in arid conditions.
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Care & Cultivation
Caring for Dudleya Gnoma is the same for many other succulents. However, propagating this plant requires replicating its native habitat’s conditions, focusing on well-draining soil, minimal water, and ample sunlight. Here’s a step-by-step guide to growing this resilient succulent:
- Soil: Use a well-draining combine with coarse sand, perlite to improve drainage.
- Light: Aiming for at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. This plant loves sunlight, so get it under the sun more than usual (up to 9 hours), but not a full-time exposure to avoid sunburn. Please place it in the partial shade on hot days to avoid leaf burn.
- Water: Like other succulents, overwatering is deadly to this plant. Mind your watering schedule. You can also read this guide for more on the topic.
- Temperature: Dudleya Gnoma is native to Baja California, a region with a temperate Mediterranean climate. The plant can tolerate mild cold (approximately 40°F ~ 4°C) and high temperatures at a maximum of 80°F (27°C). That’s the limit. Please protect this plant from extreme weather conditions.
- Propagation: Propagating through seeds or leaf cuttings is viable for Dudleya gnoma.
Dudleya Gnoma is among the plants suffering from habitat disruption and over-collection. Conservation efforts are ongoing. Therefore, this is only a houseplant for a few of us. Preserving Dudleya Gnoma is also the message in this post of mine. I never have this plant, but sharing it with my readers is a pleasure.
DO YOU KNOW? Caring (propagating, pruning/trimming, beheading, watering, …) is a set of skills that is widely applicable to succulents. Read the in-depth guide here >>Richard Miller – Succulent City
Commonly asked questions about Dudleya Gnoma (Munchkin Liveforever)
A thread from u/CentralSucculents: “Dudleya Gnoma – Does anyone know if these need more light? I can’t tell if the tiny leaves are stretching or if they’re ok – 12th January 2021”
Answer: I think your succulent is tolerating cold, so the leave’s color can be a bit different. It is okay for your succulent, so don’t worry. But remember, don’t let it be in nearly limited temperatures (17°C to 21°C is the best). Or, You can try to place it outdoors for at least 6 hours to 9 hours.
Dudleya Gnoma, with its attractive look and rugged character, is highly valued among succulent enthusiasts. Ongoing love and respect for this species and committed efforts to protect it are crucial to preserve the plant globally.
What do you think about this plant? Let me know in the comment section below! Also, here are my suggestions for exploring new plants in SucculentCity:
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