Rhombophyllum dolabriforme Elkhorn Plant
(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
Rhombophyllum Dolabriforme goes by the common name “Elkhorn Plant” or “Hatchet Plant”. This semi-shaped succulent is from South Africa and the Aizoaceae family. Hatchet Plant is winter dormant and can take up 30 centimeters of height.
Hatchet Plant is a slow grower. Growing out into a densely branched plant takes time and requires sufficient nurturing throughout the year.
Its golden yellow flowers appear in the spring and summer seasons. The beauty of the flowers is further enhanced by a slight red hint of color on the back.
Watering and Feeding
The succulent requires ample amounts of water, but only when the soil gets dry. They can be watered once every 2-4 weeks in winter. Even though they do not necessarily need fertilizing, a cactus or liquid fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer season is recommended.
An excellent drainage system is essential to these plants. Prepare a soil mix using less organic material and extra perlite or pumice.
Rhombophyllum Dolabriforme grows best in the spring and summer seasons, the frost tolerance of this elegant succulent ranges anywhere from 1.7° C (35° F) to 10° C (50° F). Furthermore, 10b to 11b is the hardiness zone of the Elkhorn plant.
The plant prefers full sun, with some shade in the hottest months of summer. Rhombophyllum Dolabriforme requires bright sunlight in winter.
You can propagate these succulents through cuttings. Be sure to dry out the cuttings before you plant them in well-drained and gritty soil.
Rhombophyllum Dolabriforme is a sight for sore eyes since when the plant starts blooming, its beautiful flowers grow in the afternoon sunlight and you get to witness this every day, beginning mid-spring!
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Common Name||Hatchet plant|
|Frost Tolerance||0 c|
|Growth Rate||Slow growth|
|Hardiness Zone||6 to 11|
|Scientific Name||Rhombophyllum dolabriforme|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun|