Pleiospilos nelii is a succulent plant native to the semi-desert areas, related to the Lithops, a succulent that we have already treated in this article Lithops because it rots every time.
Scientific name: Pleiospilos nelii
Etymology: The name of the genus comes from the Greek pléios (many) and spìlos (scrub)
Synonyms: Pleiospilos pedunculata, Pleiospilos tricolore
Sun exposure: bright body in summer
This plant is native to South Africa, Cape Province. It is very similar p. bolusii young but as an adult, it assumes its compact leaves remain compact and hemispherical. It consists of a pair of leaves that are renewed year after year. The old women dry up.
Watering: moderate water in autumn and early spring, little or none in the rest of the year. It needs a substrate with good drainage. Excess moisture in the substrate very often causes basal rot.
Propagation: by seed, very difficult to root by cutting
This Pleiospilos is winter-growing so it wants little water in summer and no watering when new leaves are coming out. Tolerates from dry temperatures down to -5 ° C. It is prone to rot therefore in doubt it is better not to irrigate. Requires draining sandy loam that dries quickly.
Flowering: The Pleiospilos nelii has showy flowers of 6 cm in diameter, yellow, tending to orange and pink on the tips, white in the center with wider petals than P. bolusii.
They come from the center of the new pair of leaves usually between September
Its shape has two or four opposite leaves, which is why it is often called in English “Split Rock” or split rock.
– Does not grow buried up to the neck in the ground;
– It is bigger than any Lithops;
– Produce many more flowers at the same time.
Pleiospilos nelii is a perennial plant that can reach a height of 8 cm and a diameter of 10 cm. This plant does not have a stem.
Each year it produces a new pair of leaves. The flowers very similar to daisies are yellow-orange in color. The size of the flowers varies according to the size of the plant. The flowering period extends from early spring to August.
Pleiospilos nelii care:
They are very simple plants, which require little attention, cultivation techniques similar to those of Lithops are performed.
They need draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, regular light watering in the summer season.
Avoid exposing them to shady and very humid areas, they will tend to rot easily in case of incorrect irrigation methods.
If you water it properly, Pleiospilos nelii will have a maximum of 1 or 2 sets of leaves. Every year a new row of leaves develops in the center and replaces the old leaves of the last year.
When the plants have more leaves, it is a clear signal that the plant is receiving too much water. This phenomenon is called “stacking”.
These plants also don’t need fertilizer and fertilizers.
As for repotting, Pleiospilos nelii can remain in the same pot for rather long periods, avoid using too deep pots, prefer wide terracotta pots.
They are relatively cold-resistant and can survive even mild winters.