Conophytum Maughanii Care

conophytum maughanii

Last updated on August 13th, 2022 at 04:09 pm

The conophytum maughanii is an amazing plant that has some unique features. It’s hard to believe that this beautiful plant only grows in one small area of South Africa! There are many different species of conophytum, but the conophytum maughanii is the most common and best-known.

The conophytum maughanii is also a rare succulent plant that has leaves shaped like stars. It comes from the Kalahari Desert in South Africa, where it was discovered by Dr. Maughan. If you are looking for something different to add to your home garden, this plant might be perfect!

This blog post will explore all of the interesting facts about conophytum maughanii plants, including where they grow naturally and their fascinating reproductive system!

Origin and distribution

conophytum maughanii

The Conophytum Maughanii is endemic to the Little Karoo region of South Africa. It can be found in the Northern Cape, Western Cape, and Eastern Cape Provinces.

The genus Conophytum is native to the central parts of South Africa, particularly the arid winter-rainfall region around Clanwilliam and Calvinia. The species Conophytum maughanii has a distribution area restricted to an even smaller area in Namaqualand, where it grows on hill slopes.

How to propagate conophytum maughanii

The easiest method to propagate is by seed propagation. The seeds are small and easy to germinate. They need a good amount of warmth, so plant in fall or early spring. For best results, use fresh seeds harvested in the summer when they have matured on their own plants.

Seed germination

The seeds are small and easy to germinate, for best results, use fresh seeds harvested in the summer when they have matured on their own plants. And make sure a good amount of warmth is provided, so they are best planted in fall or early spring.

General Care Information

conophytum maughanii

Light requirements

Conophytum maughanii is usually grown in shade. It will grow well if it’s given some indirect light, but direct sunlight should be avoided as this can cause sunburn to the leaves. However, in winter the plant will need more light.

Conophytum ficiforme (Button Plants)

Soil or potting mix?

When you are looking for the perfect soil or potting mix for your conophytum maughanii, it is important to keep in mind that they like a light substrate with well-draining drainage.

The conophytum maughanii prefers a well-draining soil or potting mix. This will ensure the plant doesn’t get waterlogged and rot away too easily which can happen if it is not draining properly.

How often to water Conophytum maughanii?

Watering conophytum maughanii is easy as long as you follow a few guidelines. The first thing to remember, however, is that they need very little water and this means watering them infrequently – possibly only once every two weeks or even less! This takes some getting used to if you’re not used to tolerating dry conditions.

Conophytum maughanii are very good at absorbing water, so it does not need much watering. It needs only to be watered once every week or two because they grow well with little water and too much moisture can cause them to rot if their roots do not drain properly.

When to water conophytum maughanii?

When you do it is also important, so try this approach: in autumn and winter once every two weeks will be fine; in spring they can take a little more but probably no more than once per week; by the summer months when temperatures are high they need very little water.

If you want to get technical about it, the soil they are in should be allowed to dry out completely between watering or when you put your finger into the potting mix down perhaps one centimeter there is no moisture being absorbed by your plant at all. This sounds very dry but conophytums have evolved to survive in exactly this kind of habitat.

To water, pour enough to make the potting soil in your conophytum container moist but not soggy and never allow it to be saturated with water. Conophytums are shallow rooted plants so there is no need for you to worry about giving them a deep watering or ensuring that all their roots are moistened.

Conophytum bilobum (Living Pebble Succulent)

This is the key to successfully growing conophytums, so take note! If you can do this then success will be yours and your plants will never suffer from any fungal problems or rot; in fact, they should thrive for many years to come.

How to fertilize Conophytum Maughanii?

Conophytums are not heavy feeders so they really only need an application of fertilizer once every two or three months during the growing season. Make sure you use a good quality organic, water-soluble fertilizer that will be gentle enough for these little plants.

Salt-based chemical fertilizers can burn conophytums so, if you do use these products, mix them at a lower concentration than recommended on the label or dilute them with water before applying.


conophytum maughanii

The conophytum maughanii thrives best in warm climates and needs winter temperatures between 16°C – 26°C (60°F – 78°F).


The conophytum maughanii is a plant that requires very high humidity to grow well. It needs humidity levels of 95% or more. If the air has less than 80% humidity, you may see brown spots on leaves and stems because it is dry and can cause them to wilt and die. As such, growing them in terrariums is an ideal way to increase humidity.


Pruning is necessary in the springtime before new growth appears. During this time of the year, prune back any dead or dying leaves and remove offsets if they are crowded around the base of the plant. Use sharp clean scissors to make smooth cuts on all stems that need removal – never tear away at a stem with your hand because you could damage it and it would not heal properly.

Hardiness zones

conophytum maughanii hardiness zones are zones 10b thorugh 11b.

Toxicity of Conophytum Maughanii

This plant is toxic to both humans and animals. Signs of poisoning include irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, blurred vision, or confusion. If consumed in large quantities it can also cause cardiac arrest.

Conophytum obcordellum: The Living Pebble Plant

Pests and diseases

The conophytum maughanii is mostly resistant to pests and diseases. However, it is not immune from them either. They can be easily prevented with proper caretaking or treated if already present. One of the most common problems is mealybugs which affect succulents in particular because they love warm spaces where they thrive best.