Free Nertera Granadensis Plants

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The Nertera is a diminutive plant that produces bright orange berries in the summer after the tiny, yellowish flowers have withered. The berries can remain on the plant for several months. Once the display has finished, the plant is usually discarded, although it can be grown for a longer period. Despite its small size and delicate appearance the Nertera is quite hardy and easy to grow, provided great care is taken not to provide it with too much water, as this will almost certainly kill the plant. Watering is particularly critical during the winter when the plant is at its most vulnerable. The Nertera prefers a sunny position so should be grown on a windowsill.

Plant type : Berry-producing foliage plant with prostrate habit
Season of interest : Summer
Size : 2.5-5cm (1—2in) high, 7.5-10cm (3-4in) across
Flower : Insignificant yellow green flowers followed by bright orange berries, produced in summer
Leaf : Tiny, succulent, rounded, green, borne in pairs
Temperature : 10-16°C (50-61°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation with some exposure to sunlight
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer but do not over-water; give just a little less water in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once a month with half strength houseplant fertilizer from early summer when flowers appear until berries have matured
Propagation : Divide mature plants; plant 5cm (2in) tip cuttings in cacti and succulent compost or seed and cutting compost at 15-16°C (59-61'F) in spring
Potting : Cacti and succulent compost or seed and cutting compost
Problems : Over-watering
Availability : Occasionally available, in summer
Uses indoors : Windowsill plant for kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, cloakroom