HOW TO GROW AND SAVE SEEDS OF ICEPLANT

Succulent Iceplant

Latin name Mesembryanthemum crystallinum is a frost-tender succulent plant that can grow as an annual or perennial. The beautiful plants appear to be covered in glistening water droplets, hence the name iceplant. This wild and unique plant has a low-growing, creeping habit with eye-catching foliage and sweet, understated flowers.

 

 

HISTORY

Purple Stardust Iceplant

Native to South Africa, and possibly the Egyptian peninsula of Sinai and southern Europe. A halophyte, or salt-loving plant, it accumulates or pulls salt from the soil, and it has been used in phytoremediation of contaminated sites.

 

USES

Succulent Iceplant Crackers

  • Edible leaves.
  • A unique plant for the garden, it is lovely in containers and also suited to beds and borders.

 

SEED STARTING

Succulent Iceplant

  • Seeds germinate in 14-21 days.
  • Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date and transplant out after all chance of frost has passed, or direct seed outdoors after all chance of frost has passed.
  • Ideal germination temperature is 61-77 F.

 

GROWING

Purple Stardust Iceplant

  • Plants require full sun.
  • Very adaptable to a wide range of soils, including sandy, clay, and low-fertility soils.
  • Space plants 18-24 inches apart, as the plants will spread and crawl.

 

PESTS/SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Succulent Iceplant

  • A pest-free plant, although seedlings will develop rot or damping off issues if not given proper ventilation.

 

SEED SAVING

Succulent Iceplant

  • Flowers open in the morning and close at night and are insect-pollinated.
  • There are no other related varieties to cross-pollinate, making seed saving easy.

 

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