Beautiful Ice Plant Succulent – (Corpuscularia Lehmannii)

Here’s another awesome succulent you’d want to know about – the ice plant. It’s just one among the numerous adorable succulent plants. Talk about the shape, color, and ease of care – having it in your collection of houseplants can give your surroundings an aesthetic leap.

So today, you’ll get to know all that there is about this beauty. It’s always a good thing to have some more information than only its name – especially on making sure it doesn’t die as soon as it lands in your house. Get going below.

Beautiful Ice Plant Succulent Corpuscularia Lehmannii
A succulent in a white planter @insta_greentheory

Description

The ice plant is a member of the very extensive Aizoaceae family that is made up of at least 135 genera and a total of 1900 plant species. Our darling here belongs to the genus known as Corpuscularia and the lehmannii species – can you guess the scientific name from this?

Other scientific names include Mesembranthemum sexpartitumDelosperma algoenseSchonlandia lehmanniiMesembranthemum lehmannii, and Delosperma lehmanii. But of course, you can go with an ice plant as it is easier to say and remember.

Corpuscularia lehmannii can attain a height of up to 12 in at maturity and spreads around for up to 12 in. The plant bears thick leaves that grow opposite each other in pairs. Their blue-green color makes them particularly impressive to look at.

In spring, yellow blooms appear.

The ice plant is clean from any harmful components. So if you’re keeping a few pets around or have kids, you don’t have to worry about any of them reacting because of coming in contact with the plant.

Ever see your succulent change colors for no reason? Maybe check out “Succulent Leaves Changing Color? Find Out What That Means” to see some curious facts about succulents changing color.

Where Does the Ice Plant Succulent Come From?

You have a home. So does this wonder of a plant.

The ice plant succulent is an African native. Can you think of a particular country? It’s a prominent home of more than a dozen succulents. That would be South Africa. And as with most succulents, the natural habitat has a huge influence on how you look out for your plant.

Of course, this habitat is largely water-deprived in addition to a couple of other suiting conditions. You’ll have to try to match these conditions for your plant to survive. We will get to look at this in detail later on.

Beautiful Ice Plant Succulent Corpuscularia Lehmannii
A potted succulent plant @terrassengarten

Getting your First Ice Plant Succulent

Obtaining the ice plant isn’t much of a problem (or any other succulent for that matter). In case you hadn’t noticed, succulents are the thing now. And that means owning one like the ice plant is easy.

For a start, asking around among your succulent-loving friends might do. They may have it in their collection. You can offer them a different plant they don’t own in exchange for this beauty right here.

Another option is straight up to purchase from the various offline and online succulent stores.

For offline purchases, local nurseries and IKEA are great places to consider. Or if you’re part of succulents Facebook groups, you can be sure to strike some deals with those who reside nearby.

The online options are just unlimited. There are Mountain Crest Gardens, Leaf and Clay, Succulent box, Succulent Gardens, etc. Each of these places has a mode of operation that can be suitable for what you’re looking for. Succulent Gardens, for instance, lets you order a whole arrangement instead of just the plants.

That said, getting a single ice plant can be just the start of your collection. You can always add on as many babies as you can manage to care for by propagation.

Ice plant Propagation

You can propagate your ice plant through seeds or cuttings. Here’s a breakdown of how to go about the whole process for each.

1. Seeds

If you choose to go with this option, all you need is to sprinkle the seeds on a well-draining soil mix. The seeds need light to germinate, so covering them is out of the question.

The seeds can be kept inside or outside, depending on the USDA hardiness zone you fall in. For 9b through to 11, you can keep them outside. For hardiness zone 9a and below, let your seeds germinate inside but then make a point of providing them with enough light. 

2. Cuttings

You can make cuttings from your plant in spring, summer, or fall.

Cut off a part of the stem, allow it time to callous and insert it in a well-draining mix. Water only when the mix has dried out completely.

Also, be mindful of what you use to cut the stem, be it a pair of scissors or a knife. Any of these cutting tools should be sharp and sterilized for the best results with your cuttings.

Make sure to also check out our piece “5 Tips for Propagating Succulents” for more tips on propagating your succulents.

Beautiful Ice Plant Succulent Corpuscularia Lehmannii
A succulent planter held by hand @feffsplants

Caring For the Ice Plant

The fact that the ice plant is a succulent should give you a few pointers as far as nurturing it is concerned. Your attention to this plant will be minimal at most. It naturally grows in largely dry parts, remember. So it’s well set to face off those harsh conditions as it is the case with a majority of succulents.

Here’s a guideline on what you’re supposed to do if you want your plant to not only survive but also beam with life.

1. Temperature

Don’t be fooled by that name, ice plant. It certainly doesn’t imply this succulent can brave the cold temperatures.

On the contrary, it prefers higher readings typically between250 F (-3.90 C) and 300 F (-1.10 C) on the lower side. In terms of USDA hardiness zones, that will be zones 9b to 11b.

In regions that have lower minimum readings, consider growing your plant in a container to bring it inside when it gets too cold outside.

2. Watering

Watering should be far apart to avert any possibility of root rot – typical succulent. Only water when the soil has entirely dried out. Usually, the top 2-3 inches of the mix is enough to gauge if it’s time to fetch the watering can or not.

Be sure to give the plant a healthy amount every time you water. What you should aim for is making sure the soil is completely soaked in water before you stop watering. This means your plant will take up enough water to see it through to the next “downpour”.

Don’t miss out on our ebook “The Correct Way to Water Succulents” to see a full guide we came up with to know when and how to water them correctly.

3. Soil requirements

Watering goes hand in hand with the type of soil you should use. A well-draining mix is ideal if you want to reap the benefits of watering your ice plant only occasionally.

Prolonged stays in wet soils have the same effect as watering your plant frequently. The ice plant will die off due to the infamous root rot.

So make a point of using a cacti/succulent mix that dries out faster in between waterings as compared to a regular potting mix. If you’re the DIY type, you can make the regular potting mix more porous by adding a bit of sand and perlite/pumice.

Avoid overwatering your succulent with our guide “Overwatered Succulent Remedies“.

4. Lighting

Ice plants adore those rays, so full sun is a great addition to their growth needs. But if that’s not possible, partial shade is also totally okay.

As long as the light is there, they’ll be fine. So even if you’re growing your cupcake indoors, make a point of giving it enough access to the sun’s rays. The brightest window will do.

Beautiful Ice Plant Succulent Corpuscularia Lehmannii
Beautiful Ice Plant Closeup

Thank you for reading with us today! Enjoyed learning about the Ice Plant Succulent? If so, you’ll really enjoy our ebook about “Rare Succulents You Wish You Knew About“. With this ebook, you’ll find yourself more detailed answers that’ll help your succulent grow even better! With thousands of succulent lovers enjoying our ebooks, you don’t want to miss out on what works the best to grow your succulents.

Check out related articles to improve your succulent maintenance knowledge like “5 Tips on Saving Dying Succulents” or even “How Often To Water Cactus“.

Happy Planting! 🌵

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