Such a succulent as adromiscus (Adromischus) belongs to the family Crassulaceae. It is native to Southwestern and Southern Africa. The name Adromiscus is derived from Greek words such as: "adros" meaning "thick" and "mischos" meaning "trunk".
This plant is represented by low shrubs and herbaceous perennials with a short recumbent stem, which has reddish-brown aerial roots on its surface. The fleshy, juicy leaf laminae are either pubescent or variegated.
Leaves are triangular or circular in shape. A long flower stalk bears a spike-like inflorescence. Five-petal florets are fused into a narrow tube. They can be pink or white in color.
Home care for Adromiscus
Needs bright light, but this plant is not afraid of direct sunlight.
In summer it needs warmth, so a suitable temperature regime of 25 to 30 degrees. And in winter, it needs to be placed in a cool place (about 10 to 15 degrees). Make sure that the temperature in the room does not drop below 7 degrees. If the room is too hot, airing should be much more frequent.
Adromiscus does not need increased air humidity and it is not necessary to moisten it from a sprinkler.
How to water
In spring and summer watering should be moderate. Thus, it is recommended to water this succulent after the soil in the pot has dried out completely. With the onset of the fall period, it is necessary to water less. In the winter time should be very rare watering or you can resort to dry content (depends on the selected temperature regime). Water with soft water, which must always be at room temperature.
Feeding from March to September once every 4 weeks. Use special fertilizers for cacti and succulents.
Potting is done in the springtime and only if absolutely necessary. Choose small pots for planting. Soil can be purchased ready-made in the store, designed for succulents and cacti.
Make a good drainage layer at the bottom of the container.
Propagate in the spring with leaf cuttings.
Leave the separated leaves in a dark, dry place to dry out for several hours. They are then planted in small pots filled with vermiculite or coarse-grained river sand. Cactus soil mixed with sand will also do the trick.
The cuttings should take root after 4 weeks.
Pests and diseases
Aphids, spider mites and mealybugs can settle on the plant.
- The bottom leaves turn yellow and die off--the natural aging process of the flower;
- Reprotection appears--liquid has entered the leaf rosette;
- yellowing and desiccation of leaves - sunburn, overwatering;
- leaf plates cracking - soil very dry;
- extended shoots, loose faded leaves - poor light.
Adromischus crested (Adromischus cristatus)
This compact succulent does not exceed 15 centimeters in height. The young shoots are erect, but as they age they become drooping or creeping, and have a large number of reddish aerial roots on them.
The downy, convex, short-celled leaves are arranged in rosettes. The dark green leaf plates have a wavy edge. They are up to 5 centimeters wide and a centimeter thick. The greenish-white florets have a pink border.
Adromiscus cooperi (Adromischus cooperi)
This is also a compact succulent whose stem is not only very short but also branching.
The green, oval, glossy leaves have brownish-red spots on the surface. The leaves have a wavy edge and can be up to 5 centimeters long. The long inflorescence is shaped like a spike. The tubular greenish-red flowers are 1.5 centimeters long and have a pink, white or purple border.
Adromischus poellnitzianus (Adromischus poellnitzianus)
This miniature succulent does not exceed 10 centimeters in height. Branched from the base, the pale green shoots are convex and smooth in the lower part, while they gradually expand upward into a flattened broad part with a wavy edge. The surface has poorly discernible whitish hairs. The forty-centimeter-long inflorescence contains not very attractive florets.
Adromyscus spotted (Adromischus maculatus)
These are weakly branched small succulents that reach a height of only 10 centimeters.
There are red spots on the surface of the dark green leaves. Leaf blade oval or rounded shape can reach a length of 5 centimeters and a width of 3 centimeters. The flowers are brownish red in color.
Adromiscus trigynus (Adromischus trigynus)
A small, weakly branched succulent that may not reach more than 10 centimeters in height. The rounded or slightly elongated leaf plate can reach 4-5 centimeters in length and 3-4 centimeters in width.
Leaflets are dark green, with brownish-red spots on both sides. The flowers are reddish-brown in color.