The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Cotyledon

Family: Crassulaceae.

Cotyledon Genus of 9 species of compact, often clump-forming, perennial succulents and evergreen subshrubs from desert or shaded areas in E. Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and southern Africa. Most known is the Cotyledon undulata with wavy-edged and bloom-covered leaves. C. orbiculata is a larger shrub with spoon-shaped leaves. The tubular flowers of Cotyledon appear in summer.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth from spring to autumn - minimum 50F in winter.Semi-shade or bright light. Some shade in summer may be necessary. Grow in standard cactus potting mix. Keep compost moist at all time. In winter water very infrequently, once every 1-2 months. No need to mist the leaves. Cuttings root easily. Take stem cuttings, offsets or leaf cuttings in spring or summer. It is vital to let the cuttings dry for a few days before inserting in compost. Water very sparingly and do not cover with polythene or glass. Another propagation method is seed sowing - germination temperature 70-80 F.

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