Orostachys Boehmeri

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For succulent lovers who like low-maintenance plants that still turn heads, the Orostachys boehmeri is a real winner. Orostachys Boehmeri is originally from the mountains of Asia. Part of the succulent family, this plant is easy to care for and unique in its looks. Let’s get to know it better.

Physical Appearance

Orostachys Boehmeri’s leaves are triangle or lance-shaped. These leaves appear with bluish-green or grayish-green in color. On the leaves’s surface, they may be waxy or powdery, which helps this Orostachys reduce water loss and shield from sun rays. Moreover, its leaves can hold water inside, which enables them to survive in dry periods or poor soil.

The flowers of the Orostachys Boehmeri are quite small (about 1 to 2 cm). They usually bloom in the late summer or early fall. Each flower looks like a tiny star, with five little petals. These petals can be white or sometimes have a hint of pink. They grow on a tall stalk that shoots up from the middle of the plant’s rosette of leaves. Once it flowers, the main part of plant will die but don’t worry too much. This is because the plant before went away, they make its little plant around it base for the next season.

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The roots of the Orostachys Boehmeri plant are not very deep or long. Instead of growing deep into the soil, it chooses to grow shallowly and spread out horizontally. These shallow roots help the plant to soak up water quickly when it rains and take in the nutrients from the soil as well. Because they don’t go deep into the ground, the plant can live in rocky places and even on roofs, where there isn’t much dirt. Besides, these roots are good at holding the plant and helping it stay firmly.

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Care Guides

Light: Orostachys Boehmeri thrives in full sun to partial shade. Outdoors, it should be fine in a spot with a good amount of direct sunlight at least 6 hours a day. If you’re growing it indoors, place it near a window to get plenty of light, and the duration may be longer (12 to 14 hours). On the day that harsh sunlight can damage your leave, please cover it in partial shade outdoors or use filter such as a curtain if indoors. 

Water: This plant is drought-tolerant, so it doesn’t need a lot of water. You can ensure you are watering precisely by seeing the water overflow the drainage hole. Before watering it, allow the soil to dry out by putting your finger into the soil about 1 inch deep. In the summer, you might water once a week, depending on the heat and sun exposure. During the winter, cut back on watering to once a month or less. 

Soil: A well-draining soil mix is essential. Use a cactus or succulent mix, which is pre-made, or make your own by mixing regular potting soil with sand or perlite. Read the cover and follow the instructions.

Temperature and Humidity: Orostachys Boehmeri likes it on the cooler side and is cold-tolerant, even handling frost to some degree. It doesn’t need high humidity and can handle the dry air inside homes just fine.

Feeding: You don’t need to feed this plant much. Once a year, in the spring, you can give it a little cactus fertilizer or a gentle, balanced fertilizer. But too much can harm the plant, so it’s better to under-fertilize than overdo it. It would be careful if you read the instructions and nutrition on the cover before using it.

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Propagating Orostachys Boehmeri

Got one Orostachys Boehmeri and want more? You’re in luck. This plant sometimes grows baby plants, or “pups,” near the main one. You can gently separate these pups and plant them on their own. Or, if your main plant makes seeds, those can be planted to grow new little stars.

Commonly asked question about Orostachys Boehmeri

A thread from u/Catherine2603: “Please help!! What’s going on with my Orostachys boehmeri? I’ve been watering it but it’s not getting any better, please advise.”

Answer: When you notice the leaves get yellow, you should check your watering routine: amount of water and watering frequency. Another factor you should check is whether the roots are rot. Maybe the roots aren’t dry enough before you water. So the solution is to stop watering until you check the soil to see if it is dry. Follow the succulent’s health in the next few days. If it doesn’t get better, you should trim the dead leaves to let the new ones grow. You should check the roots, also. If it is rot, you can find the solution in this article.

In Conclusion

Orostachys Boehmeri is a gem of a plant. It’s not demanding, looks like a cute green star, and hails from the Asian mountains. If you’re hunting for a different plant but not too tricky, this might be your next green buddy. Whether you have a green thumb or are just starting out, this plant will fit into your collection.

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