Lapidaria margaretae – Karoo Rose succulent

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Where it grows

Native to the Northern Cape of South Africa, as well as some parts of southern Namibia.

Special features

Lapidaria margaretae is also known as the ‘Karoo Rose’ succulent. It is a dwarf mesemb that occurs on white quartz stone regions. Its leaves appear similar in shape and colour to white quartz stones, which makes for an excellent camouflage against herbivores.

Care Guide

Lapidaria margaretae prefers full sun, but should be kept at least partially shaded during the warmer parts of the year to prevent heat stress. It is not a fussy species when it comes to soil mix, but a well-draining gritty mixture is preferred. Lapidaria will only grow during the warmer months of the year, and should not be watered in winter at all. Let the soil dry out completely before watering again, as the leaves tend to split if this plant gets overwatered.

Growing season

Autumn and winter.

Propagation 

Offsets and seeds.

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Product FAQS

In our experience, the best time to repot a succulent is in the beginning of the growing season.

A plant with thick, fleshy tissue, designed for storing water over long periods of time.

If it's only one or two bugs, try to remove them by hand. Alternatively, spray with a pesticide or water with a systemic pesticide. We recommend RoseCare3 or RoseCarePlus, as both these are a combination pesticide and fungicide, which means they prevent insect pests and treat fungal infections.

Succulents do like fertiliser. The general rule of thumb is to fertilise in the growing season. Succulents are quite sensitive, so in our experience halving the recommended dose of general plant fertilizers works well. If it is a fertilizer formulated specifically for succulents and cacti, use the full recommended dose.

Succulents like heavy watering in the growing season, but do need to dry out between watering to avoid root rot.

No, because they are made up of mostly water, they are prone to frostbite.

It is best not to do so. This could stress the plant or burn it. Slowly introduce them by giving them a little bit more exposure each day.

It depends on the amount of sun exposure the window receives. Some succulents will be happy, but the majority will not get enough sunlight to maintain the correct shape. Alternatively, if the window receives too much light, the plant will be burned, as the window will act like a magnifying glass.

- Stefan S

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