The Dassievygie Plant ‘Oscularia Caulescens’

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When you dive into the world of succulents, you’ll encounter a myriad of shapes, colors, and textures. Among these is a standout beauty known by the scientific name Oscularia caulescens. But don’t let the fancy name intimidate you. Let’s break it down and explore this charming plant in everyday language.

The Look and Feel

At first glance, Oscularia Caulescens is a medium-sized plant. This Oscularia can grow up to 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm). In width, it can spread about 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 cm).

Let’s take a look at Oscularia Caulescens’s leaves. Each leaf is typically about an inch long. They are chunky and triangle-shaped. These leaves are mainly soft blue-green. But if they get lots of sun or some cold, they can turn a bit pink or purple. When you touch its surface, you can feel juicy because these leaves store water.

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Adding to its charm, this succulent blooms! Come spring and early summer, you might spot clusters of tiny, daisy-like pink flowers on the plant. Each individual flower might last for several days to a couple of weeks, depending on growing conditions. Then, these flowers will fade away, but the plant continue to thrive and prepare for the next blooming season.

The root is really important to this succulent’s health. Usually, the roots are white or light tan in color. They are thick and dense. The roots have a mission to absorb water and nutrients from the soil. In terms of its growth, it tends to grow near the surface instead of going deep into the soil.

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Home Sweet Home

Oscularia Caulescens hails from South Africa, particularly the western regions. It’s used to rocky terrains and sandy soils. Being a desert dweller, this plant is quite the survivor and doesn’t fuss much about water.

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Growing and Caring

Are you thinking of adding Oscularia Caulescens to your garden or indoor collection? Here’s what you should know:

Sunlight: It loves the sun, especially the morning sun, but appreciates a little shade during the hottest day. If indoors, you put it near the window to get a sunny windowsill, which is perfect. The ideal duration to place it under light is 6 to 8 hours of natural light. If you use your light source, 12 to 14 hours is recommended. 

Water: Because it doesn’t like too much water, let the soil dry out between waterings and do it sparingly. In growing seasons, you can overdo it once every 2 to 3 weeks. However, the watering frequency in dormant seasons like winter should be reduced. Whenever you water it, make sure the water should reach the deeper roots. 

Soil: Go for a well-draining mix, something that doesn’t keep the roots too wet for too long. Think cactus potting mix. Or you would like to make your own mix by combining regular potting soil with sand or perlite. It is good to refresh the soil once in a while to keep it fit.

Temperature: While it loves warmth (15°C to 27°C), Oscularia caulescens can tolerate cooler temperatures but not freezing. If you live in a place with cold winters, it’s best to bring it inside.

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Making More Of This 

I strongly suggest you propagate in the warm season when the plant is actively growing. You can refer to the leaf-cutting method because it is the easiest way and get the best result. After taking a new leaf, I recommend you follow the instructions above, or you can adjust based on your current succulent’s health.

Little Troubles

Keep an eye out for mealybugs and aphids. These little pests love succulents. If you spot them, a gentle insecticidal soap or neem oil spray should do the trick.

If you’re wondering why you should consider this plant, here’s the deal: It’s versatile. You can grow it in pots, let it hang in baskets, or let it sprawl in rock gardens. Plus, it’s relatively easy to care for, making it great for both seasoned gardeners and beginners.

In Conclusion

Oscularia Caulescens, with its unique appearance and easy-going nature, makes it a delightful addition to any plant collection. Whether you’re new to the world of succulents or looking to add another gem to your garden, this plant won’t disappoint. So, next time you’re plant shopping, give this fairy-tale beauty a chance!

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