Free Faucaria Tigrina Plants

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With its unusual, jaw-like leaves, this plant is particularly popular with children. The ‘jaws’ are in fact quite soft and will not cause injuries if brushed against. The attractive, daisy-like, yellow flowers are produced in the autumn. The Faucaria can be over-watered quite easily and needs to be carefully looked after. However, it is a versatile succulent, which can be grown on its own in a pot or displayed in a mixed planting with other succulents in a bowl. When propagating the Faucaria by division, take great care not to cause any damage to the parent plant as this could kill it.

Plant type : Flowering succulent with low-growing habit
Season of interest : Autumn
Size : 10-12.5cm (4—5in)
Flower : 5cm (2in), daisy-like, yellow, produced in autumn
Leaf : Triangular, jaw-like with tooth-like protuberances along edge, succulent, greenish grey, 4-5cm (1J-2in)
Temperature : 10-28°C (50— 82°F)
Aspect/Light : Direct sun
Humidity : Low
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer, allowing to dry a little before re-watering; keep on dry side in autumn and winter, but avoid drying out
Feeding : Once every three to four weeks with half strength flowering plant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Divide plants and plant in cactus and succulent compost at 21°C (70°F) in late spring to early summer
Potting : Cactus and succulent compost
Problems : Susceptible to over-watering
Availability : Not commonly available, but may be seen in summer
Uses indoors : Good windowsill plant for most sunny rooms, ideal for mixed succulent planting or mini-garden