Plant care and instructions
Water Aptenia only when the soil is completely dry and then provides enough to drench the soil to a depth of about 6 inches (15 cm). To check for dryness, poke your finger into the soil. Never water if the soil feels damp or cool, as aptenia, like all succulents, is prone to rot in soggy, waterlogged soil. Water aptenia lightly during the winter if the leaves begin to look shriveled. Provide only enough water to moisten the soil as the plant deteriorates quickly in cool, damp soil. Withhold fertilizer, which isn’t needed and often results in a weak, floppy plant. Trim the plant as needed throughout the growing season, using pruners or garden shears to keep the plant tidy. Pot the plant indoors for the winter when nighttime temperatures drop below 50F.
Light – Full Sunlight.
Place – Near windows or outdoors for direct bright sunlight.
Water – Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in the winter and rainy seasons. Water the plant when the topsoil (1-2 inches) in the pot feels dry to touch. Do not overwater.
Fertilizer – Use a regular liquid or granular fertilizer two to three times during the growing season.
Temperature – 22 to 35 degrees Celcius.
Aptenia flowers are solitary or grow in small, whorled clusters, usually in the leaf axils along the stem. As an added benefit, it provides very good erosion control.