How to grow and care for Moonstones Succulent (Pachyphytum oviferum) Indoors

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Moonstones Plant, Sugar Almond Plant, Pachyphytum oviferum

Botanical name: Pachyphytum oviferum
Family: Crassulaceae
Common names: Moonstones Plant, Sugar Almond Plant

Moonstones Succulent Description

Moonstones Succulent also called Sugar Almond Plant is an excellent addition to any succulent collection which bears succulent, pale blue-green to bluish-purple, egg-shaped leaves and look-like a sugared almond confection and hence the name, 'Sugar Almond'.

The name Pachyphytum oviferum means a thick plant bearing eggs in reference to the thick leaves.

Moonstones Succulent Size

The Moonstones Succulent can grow to a height of about 6 in. and a spread of 1 ft and the white stems bear up to 15 leaves each.

Moonstones Succulent Flower

The inflorescence in Moonstones Plant is comprised of 1 ft stem bearing scarlet, bell-shaped flowers which appear in the cold season.

Moonstones Succulent Origin

Moonstones Plant (Pachyphytum oviferum) is native to the rocky cliffs of Mexico.

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Moonstones Plant, Sugar Almond Plant, Pachyphytum oviferum

Moonstones Succulent (Pachyphytum oviferum) Care Indoors

Moonstones Succulent Light Requirements

Moonstones Succulent grows best in bright light to full sunlight; however, protect your plant from hot midday sun.

Turn the pot a quarter turn every few days to ensure uniform growth of your Moonstones Plant.

Elongated stems and faded foliage is a sign that your Moonstones Plant is not getting adequate light. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Should you choose to take your Moonstones Plant outdoors, gradually acclimatize it and place it in a shaded place to avoid scorching the leaves.

How to Water Moonstones Succulent

Water Moonstones Succulent thoroughly during the growing season and allow the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Water the Moonstones Succulent very infrequently during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

To test the watering situation, feel the firmness of the lower leaves of the Moonstones Succulent. If the leaves are firm, no watering is required. If the leaves feel soft, the plant needs water.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to stem-rot.

Avoiding wetting the leaves of your Moonstones Succulent as it can lead to rotting and water from the bottom instead.

Water your Moonstones Succulent with water that is at room temperature to avoid plant shock as it can result in reduced growth. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Moonstones Succulent

Average warmth temperatures between 16-260C are ideal for Moonstones Succulent. The sudden change in temperature between day and night is excellent for this succulent.

Humidity for Moonstones Succulent

Average room humidity is adequate for Moonstones Plant. Moonstones Succulent has no need for high humidity.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Moonstones Succulent

Feed Moonstones Succulent every 3 months during the growing period with a water-soluble fertilizer.

Withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

How to Repot Moonstones Succulent

Repot Moonstones Succulent only when the plant has become pot-bound and avoid touching the leaves as too much touching can leave marks on the leaves.

Use a shallow rather than a deep pot for your Moonstones Succulent as it has shallow roots.

A clay pot is preferable because it is porous and therefore allows the soil to dry out faster.

The pot for your Moonstones Succulent should be only 1 size larger than the previous one.

Ensure the pot for your Moonstones Succulent has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot.

The best soil for Moonstones Succulent is sandy or rocky soil as it mimicks the soil in its natural habitat.

How to Prune Moonstones Succulent

Prune Moonstones Succulent by removing the dead or diseased leaves to maintain your plant neat and tidy. Cut off the spent flower stem to maintain your plant neat and tidy.

Moonstones Succulent (Pachyphytum oviferum) Propagation

Moonstones Succulent propagation can be done at the beginning of the growing season from leaf cuttings taken from a young leaf drom the center of the rosette.

Allow the Moonstones Succulent leaf cuttings to dry (callus) for 1-3 days before planting to prevent rotting.

Place the Moonstones Succulent leaf cutting on slightly moist, free-draining soil and ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Water sparingly to keep the soil barely moist to prevent rotting of your Moonstones Succulent leaf cutting.

Once a new rosette has formed on your Moonstones Succulent leaf cutting, pot it in a new pot and pluck off the older leaf when it dries up.

Moonstones Plant, Sugar Almond Plant, Pachyphytum oviferum

Moonstones Succulent (Pachyphytum oviferum) Problems Indoors

Moonstones Succulent leaf drop

Moonstones Succulent leaf drop is due to overwatering or underwatering. Water your Moonstones Succulent thoroughly during the growing season while allowing the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Reduce watering for your Moonstones Succulent during the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist as growth is minimal at this time.

Moonstones Succulent leggy growth

Moonstones Succulent leggy growth is an indication that the lighting is inadequate and the plant is reaching for light.

Move your Moonstones Succulent to a more brighter spot where it will receive bright light to full sunlight.

Moonstones Succulent brown soft spots

Moonstones Succulent brown soft spots is an indication of leaf spot disease which is enhanced by poor air circulation.

Ensure there is free air circulation for your Moonstones Succulent at all times to prevent leaf spot disease.

Moonstones Succulent rotting base followed by yellowing and shrivelled leaves

Moonstones Succulent rotting base followed by yellowing and shriveled leaves is an indication of basal stem-rot disease which is brought about by overwet conditions.

Reduce watering for your Moonstones Succulent during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

Also, ensure that the pot for your Moonstones Succulent has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

Moonstones Succulent pests

Moonstones Succulent pests; Mealy Bugs and Scale Insects. Isolate the affected plant to reduce spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Moonstones Succulent (Pachyphytum oviferum) toxic?

Moonstones Succulent (Pachyphytum oviferum) is non-toxic to humans and pets. The plants are safe to grow in the home.

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