Gibbaeum Petrense

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It occurs naturally in the Little Karoo Desert in the Republic of South Africa. The fact that it is a desert plant speaks to its hardiness since it survives in desert conditions without human intervention. Some of the desert-like conditions need to be replicated when you domesticate it. Domestication of Gibbaeum petrense is quite common due to its unique morphology.

Family: Aizoaceae.
Genus:Gibbaeum.
Scientific Name:Gibbaeum Petrense.
Other Names:Argeta Petrensis.
Growth Season:Winter to late spring.
Preferred Temperature:Gibbaem petrense performs best in temperatures between 5 โ€“ 18ยฐC. However, it is lightly frost-hardy and can survive temperatures as low as -7ยฐC, but only for short periods. 
Hardiness Zone:USDA zone 9a โ€“ 11.
Average Mature Height & Width:It is a short plant about 5 cm high but can grow as wide as 10 cm wide.
Dormancy:It grows dormant in summer.
Toxicity:It is not toxic to pests or humans.
Gibbaeum Petrense Short Summary

Gibbaeum Petrense Physical Characteristics 

This succulent can be described as mat-forming. It is short, only rising to a maximum of 5 cm, but it spreads to 10 cm. It clumps easily and spreads widely, making a fantastic cover plant. Its ultimate appearance in any area it grows is a grey-green carpet. Its fleshy, grey-green leaves are the most beautiful feature of each head. They are smooth and triangular, with widths ranging between 5 and 7mm and a length between 8 and 12 mm long. Leaves increase annually with their number increasing annually.

It blooms in spring, producing flowers more quickly than other plants in the genus. These flowers are daisy-like, with colors ranging from pink to reddish-purple. Each flower has a diameter of about 2 cm. These flowers last long and will remain in the plant, giving you all the attractive benefits.  

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Gibbaeum Petrense Plant Care 

This succulent is a winter grower, growing at different speeds from winter to spring, but it grows best in late winter. Winter growers are usually challenging to grow since they are susceptible to fungal rots. However, Gibbaeum Pretense breaks from this mold by being relatively easy to grow.

It requires an arid atmosphere as high humidity is destructive to it. Also, it would help if you watered it sparingly during its growing season and only after water from the previous drink has been exhausted. Bottom watering is the best way to drink it because watering overhead usually leaves moisture on the leaves, predisposing this succulent to fungal rots. Avoid watering in summer except when you notice the plant wilting from too much heat.

Its substrate should have a small percentage of loamy soil and at least 80% grit to allow for good drainage that helps avoid root rot. Also, it can grow well in rock crevices and other areas that are otherwise uninhabitable to other plants. A winter grower protects it from winter wetness since, as mentioned earlier, it does poorly in high humidity. It requires light to thrive, so ensure sufficient exposure throughout the year.

You can give it some additional feeding once during the growing season. The fertilizer should be liquid, and it should be in half-strength. The fertilizer should be rich in potash, potassium, and other trace minerals but poor in hydrogen. Hydrogen encourages the growth of vegetation, which distorts this plant’s best features.

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Gibbaeum Petrense Growth 

You can propagate it by seeds or cutting. Repotting is necessary because it usually spreads, covering the whole pot area. This means you need to get it a new pot every year or so. You can trim the clumping to keep it from spreading too far. Mealybugs are the most common pests, but scales can infect the plant occasionally. Use organic pesticides to deal with infestations.

Final Thought 

It is one of the most beautiful and easy-to-grow winter growers. It, therefore, presents an opportunity for new plant parents in regions that experience long winters.

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