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If you’re like most people, you probably think of succulents as those cacti that are so popular in home décor these days. But did you know that there is a whole world of different succulents? One of the most exciting and unusual varieties is the plover eggs plant.
Here are Plantly’s tips on taking care of this succulent with your gardening skills.
What is Plover Eggs Plant?
This little plant gets its name from its small, round leaves that resemble plover eggs. Native to Madagascar, the plover eggs plant is a member of the Aizoaceae family, which includes more than 1,000 species of succulents. Adromischus cooperi plover or Adromischus festivus, common name Plover Eggs Plant, is a weird but wonderful clumping succulent with red speckles and undulating leaf margins. It is an ideal companion plant with contrasting colors and forms.
Adromischus festivus is an attractive succulent with a short stem and grey-green oval leaves with dark purple spots on the upper part. It grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and is listed as a form of Adromischus cooperi. The main differences between this plant and A. cooperi lie in the leaf formation and the inflorescence.
Adromischus cooperi is an attractive succulent from Southern Africa, with dark-green leaves and small red spots on the leaf surface.
The plover eggs plant is a low-growing succulent that typically only reaches about 6 inches in height with rosettes in dense clumps. The plant’s most distinctive feature is its leaves, which may be either green or yellow. It has a spreading growth habit and can grow up to 2 feet wide. They are small, circular, and rough in texture. The stems are adorned with a spiral arrangement of them.
Plover Egg Plant Care
Although the Adromischus cooperi plant is not a complex plant to care for, there are a few things to keep in mind if you want it to thrive.
Soil Mix Suitable for Plover Eggs Plant
The plover eggs plant grows best in a sandy, well-draining soil mix. You can purchase a commercial succulent potting mix or make your own by mixing equal parts of sand and perlite.
Adromischus cooperi is vulnerable to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains quickly and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A well-draining soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!
Sunlight Needs for Plover Eggs Plant
This plant does best in bright, indirect sunlight. If you live in a scorching climate, you may want to provide some afternoon shade to prevent the leaves from sunburning. Full sun to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow these plants outdoor rather than indoors.
While plants that grow in partial sunlight don’t need as much water as those that grow in full sun, Adromischus cooperi succulent care should include watering about once a week. This will help keep your plant healthy and looking great.
Water Requirement for Adromischus Cooperi
The plover eggs plant is a succulent plant with moderate watering needs. Water the plant deeply, but allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Excess moisture can cause root rot, which will eventually kill your plant.
This plant is super low-maintenance from a watering standpoint than other succulents. Succulent leaves retain plenty of moisture, so let the soil dry out completely in between waterings, then water thoroughly, fully saturating the soil. When these outdoors, and or indoor plants are not actively growing in winter, ease up on watering even more, and you can reduce watering frequency even further.
Temperature & Humidity Needs
This plant is tolerant of a wide range of temperatures but prefers warm weather. It can withstand temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit in frost-free conditions but will start to show signs of stress at around freezing. The plover eggs plant is also not particularly sensitive to humidity levels.
Fertilizing of Plover Egg Plant
Fertilize the Adromischus cooperi once a month during the spring and summer growing seasons with a succulent fertilizer.
Potting & Repotting of Plover Egg Plant
Since the plover eggs plant is relatively small, it doesn’t need to be repotted very often. Once every two or three years should be sufficient. When repotting, be sure to use a well-draining succulent potting mix.
Pruning of Adromischus Cooperi
If you want your plant to grow densely, you can prune back the stems of the plover eggs plant. It will also help to keep the plant from getting leggy.
Propagating of Plover Egg Plant
Division and stem cuttings are the two major ways to propagate them. However, stem cuttings are the most common. First, take a cutting with a sharp knife from the plant and allow it to be callous for a few days.
Then, plant the cutting in well-draining succulent soil mix and water lightly. The cutting should root within a few weeks.
Plover Egg Plant Varieties
There are a few different varieties of plover eggs plant, including:
Variegata – This variety has green leaves with white stripes.
Rosa – This variety has pink flowers.
Purpurea – This variety has purple-tinged leaves.
Plover Egg Plant Diseases and Pests
Adromischus Festivus is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, mealybugs can sometimes be a problem. These little pests suck the sap out of the plant, causing it to weaken and eventually die.
If you notice any mealybugs on your plover eggplant, treat them with insecticidal soap.
The plover eggplant is a fun and exciting succulent to add to your collection. With its unusual leaves and compact size, it’s sure to add visual interest to your space. And, with proper care, it can be a long-lasting addition to your home.
Where to Buy a Plover Egg Plant?
If you’re interested in adding a plover eggplant to your collection, you can purchase one online like Plantly or at your local nursery.
When shopping for an Adromischus festivus, look for a plant with plump, healthy leaves. Avoid plants with yellowing or browning leaves, as this could signify stress. Also, it would be best to ensure that the roots were healthy and not crowded in the pot.