Sun: full sun
Water: Typical water needs for a succulent
Temperature: Zone 10a from 30° F to 35° F (-1.1 ° C to 1.7° C)
Winter Survival: Not cold hardy
Propagation: stem cuttings
Flower: In the Spring
Toxic: Can be toxic to humans and animals
Space Requirement: Indoors & Outdoors
Common Problems: Plants may rot if overwatered, pests
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Basc Care for Senecio vitalis
What you need to remember is that this type of succulents needs to be watered for every 2 weeks
You can water your succulent more than often in extreme conditions but make sure that the soil is completely dry before watering your succulent again.
Only feed this succulent during its active growing seasons which means spring and fall. Use the right fertilizer applied in the right amounts. Applying half-strength balanced fertilizer every month or so is recommended for optimal results.
Do not fertilize during summer as the plant is dormant.
Sun & Location Requirements for "Blue Chalk Fingers, Narrow-Leaf Chalk Sticks"
Senecio vitalis requires full sun for optimal growth and health. Place your succulent in a sunny spot in your garden or on a windowsill to ensure it's getting enough light. You'll know that the succulent is receiving enough sunlight if its leaves are bright green and firm.
When temperatures drop below freezing, it is important to take precautions to protect Senecio vitalis from the cold. Insulating and providing adequate drainage for the plant are key elements in helping it survive winter weather. Wind and sun exposure should also be minimized to prevent frost damage.
Any succulents in the group will need a medium space to grow. You can place your pot at your table or window. Since this plant needs more space than mini succulents, you should consider do not plant them together with other succulents/plants.
Propagating Senecio vitalis by stem cuttings is an easy and fun way to increase your collection of these unique houseplants. When propagating, it’s important to choose healthy stems from existing plants that are at least two inches long and have several leaves attached.
Although it may be tempting to grow Senecio vitalis due to its beautiful flowers and vibrant colors, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers associated with this succulent. Ingesting any part of the plant can cause serious health complications. If you are considering growing it, make sure you take all necessary safety precautions and consult a professional if necessary.
Pests and Diseases
Senecio vitalis can be affected common pests and diseases like most of the other succulents such as aphids and mealybugs.
If you do spot any of pest signs, you can treat your succulent using below methods.
- Aphids: quarantine, clean infected plants, soapy water.
- Mealybugs: quarantine, clean infected plants, soapy water.
Besides that, to prevent serious health issues from happening, keep your succulent in a well-ventilated area and check it regularly for any signs of pests or health problems.