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This genus contains around 150 evergreen or deciduous perennial succulents, originating from semi-desert climates in Mexico, Central and South America. They form regular, symmetrical rosettes and flowers are long-lasting. Bright colouration typically occurs autumn to spring with ample sunlight provided. They do not tolerate frost well and should be kept above 5ºC, either in temperate glasshouses or as houseplants.
Summer, Autumn, Winter
Succulent species can be easily propagated from leaves. Simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, let callus for a few days until the wound has closed and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months and there is no need to water propagating succulents as they will glean all the nutrition and moisture they require from their mother leaf, which will shrivel up over time. The original leaf may be gently removed once it has dried up and become crispy in texture, only remove if it comes away easily otherwise you risk damaging the baby plant.
Pink, Orange, Red
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