Oscularia Deltoides

oscularia deltoides


Nothing beats taking good care of plants if you wanted to understand the nature around us. It requires patience, a good sense of responsibility, and instinct in order to be a plant parent. But no matter how cautious you are, let’s be realistic that taking good care of plants wasn’t an easy task. If you are into adding some greens into your home, having a succulent plant is an initial step into becoming a green thumb.

Succulents are plants that restore water when placed in dry climates or soil conditions. Water restoration might take place in their stems, leaves, or roots. Physically, these plants are characterized as being fleshy, thickened, and engorged. By nature, this type of plant can survive with minimal care needed.

Succulent originated from the Latin word ‘sucus’ meaning sap or juice. As mentioned, water retention is one of the specific characteristics of a succulent plant. Succulents can grow into an unusual aesthetically pleasing plant, categorizing it as one of the most popular ornamental plants. An estimated 60 plant families are said to be succulents. These water-retaining plant is also becoming an instant crowd favorite. And among the type of succulents that you will truly love is Oscularia Deltoides.


Oscularia Deltoides is well-known in the South Africa region. It is said to grow on sandstone rocks or mountains. It is a flower-bearing succulent plant. Oscularia comes from the Latin word ‘osculum’, which means smallmouth. It, therefore, reflects that Oscularia means a group of smallmouth and toothed leaves, describing the physical traits of the plant.

The leaves are usually triangular-shaped, which are often color grey-green with red spiky ends, especially during the drier season. Its flowers are color pink and scented. The flower usually blooms in the afternoon when wet and usually closed when dry. Oscularia Deltoides are also called ‘Pink Ice Plant’ by some.

Oscularia Deltoides flowers
By Andrw Massyn – Own Work. Kirstenbosch Gardens Cape Town, Public Domain, Wikimedia

Care Tips

It can be easily propagated through cuttings. It is said that it will thrive better when planted in the sand but can also be directly planted into soil beds. Oscularia Deltoides requires to be planted in a sunny area or be placed with direct sunlight. During winter, it might need protection by using a glass cover or any snow protection.

The cutting is one of the simple ways to propagate succulents. It can be done by following these six easy steps:

  • Cut the stem of the plant and remove the leaves and flowers. Let it dry for a few days. Make sure that you obtain a stem from a healthy Oscularia Deltoides. Like other succulents, a healthy plant is plump and not dried out.
  • Dip dried the stem into a rooting hormone. It is available in garden and tools stores and can be in either powder, gel, or liquid form. This step speeds up the propagating process and might actually guarantee its success.
  • Once the stem is healed, put it into a well-draining potting mix.
  • Keep watering the soil in order to avoid it feeling too dry—place in an area with no direct sunlight.
  • In approximately four to six weeks, rooting should start, and you might now notice that there’s a sprout on the other end of the stem.
  • Check if the plant is already fully rooted before changing its watering schedule to once a week or when needed. You may now also slowly introduce more sunlight to the plant.
Oscularia Deltoides
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Oscularia Deltoides: Outdoor or Indoor Plant?

Oscularia Deltoides can be both an indoor and outdoor plant. As an indoor plant, one must make sure that the area where you will place the plant has enough sunlight. Make sure to check on the plant once in a while to ensure that it is getting enough sunlight.

You must look into signs when the plant is starting to stretch, leggy, or started to produce stunted growth. It means that it is literally reaching out for more sunlight. The color of an Oscularia Deltoides with not enough sunlight might also turn pale. On average, it is safe to display the plant from 5 to 6 hours of bright light daily. If the circumstances don’t provide natural light, you might want to invest in good grow lights for your indoor plant babies.

As an outdoor plant, Oscularia Deltoides actually thrive naturally. However, the only concern in having this plant outdoor are extreme weather conditions like winter, storm, heatwave, or intense heat. This might affect the way the plant cope on its surrounding and might need additional care.

During a heatwave, you might need to put the plant on a shaded area to avoid sunburn. During winter, the plant can most likely tolerate mild frost and freezing. It is said that they can tolerate as low as 15 to 20 Fahrenheit. However, prolonged exposure to frost might put the plant’s health in critical condition. It is advisable to bring it indoors during winter. If this is not possible, it might better to put protection around the plant.

These care tips are very beneficial for small plants as they might not yet sturdy. Either as an outdoor or indoor plant, what’s important for Oscularia Deltoides is it has a proper draining potting mix and an adequate amount of sunlight.

How to Make Your Oscularia Deltoides Bloom

Not all succulent plants are flower-bearing. Luckily, Oscularia Deltoides isn’t one of those. It can produce a pink to a magenta-pink flower that generously covers its entire plant. However, like any other plant, it only blooms when it received enough tender love and care. The first important factor you might want to consider if you want your Oscularia Deltoides to bloom is that it is at the right age. The too mature plants might no longer bloom, baby plants might need more time.

It is said that it is only proper to give it at around three (3) years prior to expecting it to bloom. The second important factor is to make sure that you were able to prolong its exposure to cold temperatures. This might sound tricky, but the reality is if you want it to bloom, you have to expose it up to 35 – 44 Fahrenheit. When you bring them indoors during winter, make sure that you still store them in a non-heated room. The third important factor that ensures the blooming of your Oscularia Deltoides is to give them abundant fertilizer. It is recommended to feed them every other two weeks and not to overfeed them during the last part of fall or winter.

Hope this article enables you to start your own plant parenthood journey. Experience and enjoy the benefits of starting a green space in your home. Go and start with a succulent or an indoor plant. Bring back to nature and keep planting!

Oscularia Deltoides Bloom
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