Adromischus filicaulis marlothii is a succulent that produces rosettes of silver-green, needle-like leaves which grow slowly. Adromischus has poor drainage and dry air will cause it to rot – though this can be avoided by watering them every two weeks with water mixed half/half with rainwater. Adromischus filicaulis marlothii likes brightly lit areas and has a high tolerance for heat.
Origin and Habitat of Adromischus filicaulis marlothii
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii is native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, which includes Adelboden and most of Namaqualand. It can grow between sandy coastal strips in full sun conditions up to altitudes of 1300 meters (4000 feet). Adromischus plants prefer dry, well-drained and acidic soils. Adromischus marlothii is a low-growing, erect succulent plant that often appears to be prostrate or stretched.
Description of Adromischus filicaulis marlothii
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii is a succulent plant that can be found in southern Africa. Adromischus, which means “red-brown,” has long leaves with thickened edges and fuzzy hairs on the underside of its leaves. Its flowers are light red or pinkish/reddish, and it only blooms in the spring. Adromischus filicaulis marlothii is an extremely rare plant, to the point where it’s nearly extinct due to over-collection for medicinal purposes and habitat loss.
Adromischus plants are found on rocky outcroppings between elevations of 2000 meters and 2100 meters above sea level. Adromischus filicaulis marlothii is also commonly found in the mistbelt forests on steep slopes, with a desert scrub below and an alpine zone above. Adromischus plants are extremely sensitive to cold temperatures, that is, they are not cold hardy; they will die if exposed to frost for more than 24 hours. Adromischus filicaulis marlothii is a plant that needs to be protected.
They can also survive without rain for long periods of time, up to four months in the worst conditions. Adromischus plants will start wilting when it’s about halfway through their water storage capabilities before dying.
Adromischus plants are rare, but they’re still easy to grow in many climates. Seeds need at least two months of cold stratification before planting them outside or inside during winter; the warmer it gets, the faster they will grow. It can take six to eight weeks before they start showing life; the plant is still alive, but it needs time for its roots to develop and get a hold of soil nutrients.
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii requires well-drained soils with plenty of room for air to circulate around the plant. The plant needs at least six hours of sunlight or more per day to grow properly and flowers are best pollinated with a paintbrush.
Adromischus plants also need protection from pests like deer, rodents, rabbits, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, and other mammals that enjoy eating their leaves. They will start growing back, but in a few weeks, they’ll be gone again from the same animal or human interference.
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii is a plant that needs to be protected. Truly, it’s rare, but it can still grow in many climates if given the right amount of care and protection from animals. They are also fairly easy to grow; they just need light, water, air circulation and good soil drainage.
General Care And Propagation
Cultivation and Propagation
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii is not very hard to grow and can thrive in a wide variety of conditions. It does well outdoors, being frost-tolerant and drought resistant; it also thrives indoors, where the temperature may rise above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27°C) if given sufficient light.
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii is easy to propagate from leaf cuttings.
The plant does well in regular cactus potting soil, but can be watered sparingly if the humidity falls below 50%. Adromischus must not be allowed to overheat and should never dry out completely; rot may set in when the plant is stressed.
A group of plants will often offset and these can be snipped off as required to share with friends or create a new specimen for oneself. The offsets should not be allowed to grow too large before being removed, but if this does happen then they can easily be transplanted into fresh potting soil as required.
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii need well-drained soil with a pH level of between neutral and alkaline.
It can be grown outdoors in sandy-gritty soils, or as houseplants in potting mix. The plants should not be watered often but will grow best if the humidity is 50% or more.
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii will grow in the summer and is dormant during winter months; it flowers best if given a cool dry rest from late autumn to spring, after which time new leaf growth and flowering commence.
In temperate climates this plant can be grown outdoors year-round.
Repotting and Transplanting
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii should be repotted every other year in February or March.
It is best not to water the plant too much during this process and can be placed outside for a few hours after potting it up if there are no frosts expected. The new container should have at least one drainage hole.
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii is best left in the container it has been growing in for as long as possible, and should only be transplanted if absolutely necessary.
This plant likes to grow on cliffs and rock faces, so when transplanting from potting mix into the ground, it should be placed in a sandy soil mix.
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii should only be watered when the soil is completely dry, or if it needs to be repotted. Too much watering can cause rot and over time will weaken the plant’s ability to take up nutrients from its roots.
If this happens then they may start to wilt and the leaf tips may turn brown.
The plant should not be left to dry out completely but care must be taken with watering as Adromischus is sensitive when in a pot, which can lead to root rot if over watered.
Watering should only occur every six weeks at most.
A new container will require more water at first but the process will quickly become less frequent.
A winter rest is required to allow the roots to rebuild, as well as its tubercles and fine hairs which act like a cactus spine would; if it does not get enough rest then these structures may weaken or die.
The plant should be kept dormant during the winter months and watered sparingly, if at all; a little misting may help to maintain humidity levels indoors but Adromischus is not an air-purifying plant in this respect.
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii can go without water for up to three months in winter, but it will only tolerate this if no frost is expected and the temperature does not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (15°C).
Drying out indoors will weaken Adromischus filicaulis marlothii and should not happen if it has been given a cool dry rest for winter. The best time to water Adromischus filicaulis marlothii during summer months is after six weeks.
If Adromischus filicaulis marlothii needs to be transplanted, it should only be moved if absolutely necessary.
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii likes to grow in a dry and gritty environment which is why it should not be watered often, but will thrive if the humidity reaches 50%. It can withstand frost as long as temperatures do not go below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (15°C).
Where to Plant
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii should be planted in a well-drained and sunny location. Adromichous like to grow on cliffs, so when planting Adromiscus it is best to put the plant in an area that gets plenty of sun and to use a sandy soil mix. Adromischus filicaulis marlothii should not be planted next to any other Adromiscus plants as they can spread each others’ diseases, and the leaves of Adromischous are poisonous if ingested by some types of animals.
Caring for Adromischus filicaulis marlothii
The best time of year to transplant Adromiscus is during the cool, dry winter months. Adromichous do not like being transplanted and should only be done if absolutely necessary. It can last without water for up to three months in winter but needs it more often in the summer. Adromischus filicaulis marlothii should not be watered when its soil is already wet, or if it needs to repot for growth; too much watering can cause rot and will weaken Adromiscus’ ability over time to take up nutrients from its roots.
Adromischus filicaulis marlothii should not need to be watered more than every six weeks in summer months. It does best when it is given a cool, dry winter rest and its roots are allowed time to rebuild; watering this plant too much will weaken the tubercles and hair-like structures that act like cactus spines and Adromiscus will need to be watered more often as a result.
- Adromischus filicaulis marlothii is native to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, where it grows on cliffs and rock faces in its habitat. It has tubercles that act like cactus spines and Adromiscus will need to be watered more often if it is given too much water.
- It likes a dry, gritty environment where humidity reaches 50%. It can withstand frost as long as temperatures do not go below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (15°C).
- Adromischus filicaulis marlothii can go without water for up to three months in winter, but it will only tolerate this if no frost is expected and the temperature does not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (15°C)
- It should never be transplanted unless absolutely necessary and Adromischus filicaulis marlothii should not be transplanted from potting soil into the ground unless a sandy, well-drained environment is provided.
- Adromischus will grow on cliffs and rock faces in its native habitat but when transplanting from potting mix into the ground it must go into a sandy soil mix with no more than 50% potting mix. Adromischus filicaulis marlothii likes to grow in a dry and gritty environment which is why it should not be watered often, but will thrive if the humidity reaches 50%. It can withstand frost as long as temperatures do not go below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (15°C).
- This plant is poisonous if ingested by some types of animals. Adromiscus should not be watered when its soil is already wet, or if it needs to repot for growth; too much watering can cause rot and will weaken Adromiscus’ ability over time to take up nutrients from its roots.