Delosperma Sphalmanthoides Dwarf sea anemone
(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. All our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots.)
Turfed Ice Plant and Dwarf Sea Anemone are the two common names given to Delosperma Sphalmanthoides. This evergreen plant is a native of South Africa and belongs to the Aizoaceae family. This tight mat-shaped succulent can be grown only about 1 inch tall.
The turfed ice plant is known to spread faster than all other plants from the same family. It generally becomes double its initial size in the very first year.
You will witness the magenta-colored flowers blooming in the early spring The leaves are tiny, finger-like and blue-grey in color.
Watering and Feeding
Delosperma Sphalmanthoides needs a lot of watering. If you water infrequently, you might cause their untimely death. Feed it with a cactus fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.
Buy or create a soil mix with extra pumice, perlite and less organic material Also, repot the plant during its active period which is the spring season.
Tufted ice plant has a hardiness zone of 5a to 9b. The succulent tends to get a little dry during the fall, signalling that it is ready for the cold weather. Their frost tolerance is between -28.9° C to -1.1° C.
Since their native country is one where snow melts quickly, they prefer full sun. The brighter the sunlight they receive, the better for their growth.
Division, cuttings, and seeds are methods of propagating the succulent. For division, spring is the ideal time and for the other two methods, you can propagate anytime.
Do not confuse the Tufted Ice Plant with another plant also known as the ice plant. The latter is an invasive specie that looks somewhat similar. Delosperma Sphalmanthoides is non-invasive and suitable for both indoor and outdoor settings.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz