Fat plants

Frithia pulchra


GeneralitŠ°


genus comprising two species of perennial succulent plants, originating in southern Africa. It is a particular rosette of fleshy, cylindrical, stemless leaves, greyish-green in color, with a translucent apex; the leaves grow about 3-4 cm in height and the rosette tends to become ground cover over the years. In summer it produces small daisy-like flowers, generally of a purple-pink color, with a white center; in late summer the flowers are followed by small brown fruits. F. minor is the other existing species and has thinner leaves.

Exposure




especially in the hottest months it is good to keep this plant in a partially shaded place; it fears the cold, so in winter it should be kept in a cold greenhouse or at home, in a bright position.

Watering


from March to October water regularly, waiting for the soil to dry completely between one watering and another; in the cold months water very little, avoid wetting the plant if you decide to keep it in a cold greenhouse. In the vegetative period, provide fertilizer for succulent plants every 20-25 days, mixed with the water used for watering.

Ground


the frithie need very well drained soils, consisting of soil mixed with sand and fine pumice stone.

Multiplication


in spring it is possible to divide the rosettes and immediately repot the portions into individual containers. The small seeds can be sown in boxes containing a mixture of sand and peat in equal parts, which must be kept constantly humid until complete germination.

Frithia pulchra: Pests and diseases


the cochineal can ruin the leaves that tend to dry up if they are spiked by numerous parasites.