Description for Pickle cactus, Delosperma echinatum
Plant height: 0.5 - 0.8 inches
Plant spread: 3 - 5 inches
Delosperma echinatum is a low shrubby sprawling succulent shrub, can grow up to 45 cm tall, with thin wiry stems has pairs of 2.5 cm long barrel-shaped green leaves, bristle with soft spine-like white hairs.
Common name(s): Pickle Plant, Ice Plant
Flower colours: Pale yellow
Bloom time: Spring to Fall
Max reachable height: Up to 45 cm
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow
Planting and care
Re-pot when the plant performs clump and goes beyond the pot size. It should be done before or after the rainy season and in the spring season.
Re-pot with the following proportions:
3 parts of potting soil,
1 part of grit (pumice),
1 part of the horticultural-grade sand,
1/2 part of the compost etc.
Sunlight: Full sun, partial sun, at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight per day.
Soil: Avoid excess organic contents in the soil.
Water: Low for the rainy season, Moderate for winter, More than moderate for a summer
Temperature: Ideal: 22 to 35 degrees C
Fertilizer: No need much. A peat-based compost should not be used.
Caring for Pickle cactus
Keep in a bright sunny location.
Try not to water the leaves, give water to soil only.
Avoid overwatering as the roots may get rot.
Water the plant in a morning, between 8 to 10 am.
Avoid keeping in suffocated areas or in dark room.
While, re-potting or propagating try not to disturb the roots.
Required care in the winter season. If growing in a pot, then kept in indoors and growing in outside do mulching.
Typical uses of Pickle cactus
Special features: Survivals and growers of the summer.
Ornamental use: Its color and the appearance is appreciated by the various gardens.