Moonstone - Pachyphytum oviferum

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Scientific Name
Pachyphytum oviferum (thick plant bearing egg-shaped leaves)

Common Name
Moonstone Plant, Sugar Almond Plant

Native to Mexico, found on rocky cliffs

Like most succulents, this plant is easygoing as far as watering is concerned and will reward a bright spot with its adorable colour and shape. You may also notice a powdery substance on the leaves; don't wash or wipe this off as it is the plant's natural sunscreen which protects it from burning even in your sunniest spot. Towards the end of winter, you might even spot a stem of tiny, bell-shaped flowers growing from the centre of the plant.

Bright light will help your Moonstone thrive- choose a sunny window, south or west facing for the most light and warmth.

Let the soil dry out between waters, and don't let the leaves get wet as this will wash away its powdery sun protection.

This plant does not need to be particularly humid, so don't bring that mister anywhere near!

Well-drained soil is a necessity for this plant- pick one designed for Cacti and succulents. Repot every few years as the plant grows

Feed once a month during the summer growing season.

Ideal temperature is 18-26°C; make sure it does not get colder than 12°C in winter.

Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
It's better to under-water than over-water, so if you're unsure wait until the bottom leaves look less 'full' and more wilted- at this point your plant is thirsty and it's time to water it!


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