How to root Hardy Ice Plant?

Irma_StPete(z9 FL)June 11, 2007


I have snuck over here to your forum from "Florida Gardening" for pointers on rooting an 8-inch length of Delosperma cooperi I was just gifted with.

This may surprise you: this type succulent does not seem be to in the nurserys here on the west coast of Florida. Seems most of the succulents marketed here are meant for little shallow-dish rock gardens. I don't see it growing in landscapes.

How to get it to root? Divide/cut it? (where?) Soak it? Let it harden? Plunk it down as-is in appropriate soil?

Thanks so much for your help...

Irma in St. Petersburg, FL

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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Possibly the reason you don't see it so much is that there are more showy Iceplants available for your climate. D. cooperi is one of the hardiest but not necessarily one of the prettiest.

Delospermas root easily, you can even root them in water. I would just stick your stem in your normal planter soil and water it occasionally until you see new growth. Keep it warm but out of strong sun, it should start putting out new growth in a few weeks.

Once you have it rooted it will grow very quickly given sun, heat, and plenty of water. Make sure it doesn't get waterlogged in winter, it won't grow in winter and can be kept fairly dry but it will also tolerate regular rain.

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