What You Need To Know About Baby Toes Succulents (Fenestraria Rhopalophylla)

Baby Toes Succulents (Fenestraria Rhopalophylla)
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Baby Toes Succulents are charming and tough succulents that grow small that form packed club-like leaves. They are the only species recognized in this genus of Fenestraria Rhopalophylla. It is a succulent plant in the family of Alzoaceae a native to the Namaqualand in Namibia, South Africa.

Baby Toes is a wonderful specimen succulent from Namaqualand, South Africa. Its cute tube-like leaves look like the tiny toes of an infant. It will be a great addition to your succulent collection. Follow the care guidelines below, or you’ll kill your plant with kindness – because it’s so cute – when it prefers neglect!

What You Need To Know About Baby Toes Succulents

Let’s find out and know all about Baby Toes succulents.  We will learn the general care and the growing conditions of these lovely succulents and to remain adorable.

Soil

Soil is a vital component for the success of these succulents to grow and be healthy. This kind of succulent is susceptible to overwatering.  A succulent soil mix is ideal to use that works well effectively.

But in another way, you can make succulent soil by mixing one part of regular potting soil, one part perlite, and one part sand. The pH level of the earth needs to be within the appropriate range.

You can prevent the Baby Toes plant from rot by using well-draining soil that is perfect for them.

There is soil you can purchase that is specifically made for succulents. Having the right soil is the foundation for growing healthy and compact for the Baby Toes succulents.

Water

These kinds of succulents the Baby Toes are drought tolerant and require less frequent watering.

Generally, Baby Toes succulents need less water, and they still thrive as they can store water in the leaves as most succulents do.

Let the soil dry thoroughly between waterings and then water deeply.

Using a pot with adequate drainage holes for the excess water to drain easily, drain the water at the bottom of the container.

Baby Toes Succulents are very good communicators.

They will let you know if the soil is completely dry by noticing at the tips of the leaves that started to wrinkle then, that is the time to give your Baby Toes succulents a deep drink of water.

The same for overwatering; you can spot the splitting of the leaves because they try to store more water than they can hold. This is the common cause of Baby Toes dying.

Continue to provide them with enough water to refill their water storage.

Baby Toes succulents are dormant during summer, so water them sparingly to prevent root rot during those periods.

Do keep in mind that any watering mistakes are probably the primary cause of death of Baby Toes Succulents.

Temperature and Humidity

Baby toes succulents require care for direct sunlight; however,  they should not be placed in direct midday sunlight, or else they might end up being sunburned.

Yet, you need to provide these heat-loving succulents with enough sunlight. They are relatively low-maintenance succulents.

Also, keep them protected from heavy rains. If you want to grow them inside your home, place them where they could get lots of bright indirect sunlight.

This type of succulent prefers a sunny position or bright light that will allow the Baby Toes to take on a compact rather than low light.

Placing it in a window is ideal for this adorable succulent. Most likely, to start within a light level for several weeks before the full exposure to sunlight. The transition period allows the Baby Toes to adapt without the risk of getting sunburn.

Fertilizer

You could provide fertilizer which is typically used for succulents. Part of the care requirements for Baby Toes is rich soil which is essential for their growth.

It needs them to feed only during their active periods and in small doses. You could also add an amount of compost to boost their well-being.

Repotting

The Baby Toes Succulent prefers soil with a combination of pumice, perlite, and sand. This type of soil has the ability to drain water because Baby Toes is a clustering type of succulent.

It is essential to remember that Baby Toes should not have their leaves buried as they might get rot in repotting.

Repotting is crucial when you purchase your Baby Toes in a store. Some growers who happened to buy their Baby Toes in a store have complained about their plants dying soon after purchase.

Some reasons for that are overwatering, underwatering, and inappropriate soil used by the sellers.

Immediately after the purchase, to prevent damage, you should remove the Baby Toes Succulent from the container with the store soil and clean its roots gently to make sure no soil can clog them up before repotting.

After that, you can now use your succulent soil mix.

Propagation

Propagating the Baby Toes Succulents can be done through offset and seed propagation. Most growers preferred the “offset” way of propagating, as seeds take a long time to grow with less reliability.

Regarding seed propagation, during the fall months, plant them with the same type of soil. Place in a container and cover the seed with sand to ensure an even, favorable environment. Also, cover the container with plastic foil to produce moisture and warmth.

Don’t forget to place the container in a low-light area for seed germination. This will give you the chance to succeed.

Seed propagation of Baby Toes Succulents can be rewarding, but there are a few essential key elements for a successful venture.

Propagating the Baby Toes Succulents by offset means you should remove one of the babies of the Baby Toes by pulling it gently from the soil. This process can be considered risky that might damage the root system.

The other process is cutting one of the offsets. In this cutting process, this should be done with a clean, sharp knife to cut the desired offset.

Afterwards, let the offset secured and dry for a couple of days above the succulent potting mix. Then, plant it in a container with adequate drainage holes.

Blooming

Yes. Baby Toes Succulents bloom in late summer to autumn and send up beautiful daisy-like flowers.

Most likely, if they have established roots and enough light and water, it’s one way to tell that they are happy.

Typically, they have yellow and white flowers growing in bunches of twos or threes. Some have a shade of very light pink and then turn white when fully opened.

Its flowers do have delicate petals and will flourish when they have plenty of sunlight. However, generally speaking, Baby Toes Succulents’ flowers don’t have any fragrance.

More Information About Baby or Succulents

Indeed, Baby Toes Succulents are easy to care for.  You could grow them indoors and outdoors, and it’s suitable for landscaping. They are great plants to add to a container of a succulent garden.

They are relatively easy to take care of as they can thrive on neglect and are well-adapted to the natural habitat of Namaqualand, South Africa.

Their adorable interesting features and shapes give them a sense of difference and could be a point of interest in any garden.

Low Fuss, Adaptable, Specimens

Baby Toes Succulents are considered low-fuss succulents that can thrive both alone and in bigger groups.

These succulents are unique and require slightly different care regimens than other house plants.  Baby Toes Succulent is also known as living stones.

These great succulents are beautiful specimens from South Africa and the cutest among the succulents known.  The Baby Toes Succulents tube-like leaves are adorable, which look like the tiny toes of infants.

Display on Window Sills and Coffee Table

These would be a great addition to your succulent collections. They are trendy houseplants. Many people choose these cute house plants displaying miniature succulents on window sills and coffee tables in their homes.

Now, hopefully, you learned everything you need to know about your Baby Toes Succulents. Every succulent has different requirements to other houseplants and takes a bit of getting used to.

Be sure not to forget to follow its care guidelines, or else your Baby Toes Succulents might not live a long life.

It is essential to remember that these Baby Toes Succulents should be kept in dry, moderate water in well-drained soil.

To ensure that they grow to their full potential and stay healthy, do great care for them.  So, have fun and enjoy your cute and adorable Baby Toes Succulents.

Window Plants

Each leaf of Baby Toes succulent has an epidermal window. It is a transparent window with its round tip and that’s the reason why they are called window plants.

Baby Toes are small in size growing in diameter which will be around 3 inches. Their leaves could grow up to 1.6 inches.

Baby toes succulents are perennial plants that grow under the sand, hence,  except the transparent tips that allow light into the leaves for photosynthesis. Generally, they grow under sandy soil, a dwarf succulent that forms mats or small clumps.

Dwarf Plants

The leaves are flat-topped and windowed and possess thick and fleshy roots. In a way, they are dwarf plants, so they are best grown in pots or succulent bowls.

Adding to their charming nature, they tend to camouflage themselves close to the sandy soil and pretend they are pebbles on the ground.

These succulents produce beautiful white or yellow flowers in the spring and fall. This blooming process will start in late summer and end in early spring.

Final Thoughts

Many people talk about succulents but don’t own any or have any inclination to own any. Why? The answers are usually that they’re too small, not interesting, or difficult to maintain! These comments could not be further from the truth!

Yes, some of them are very small, but a group of small ones makes a lovely focus statement and, they could not be easier to maintain – neglect being the keyword!

That’s one of the things that makes them interesting. Where they came from and their history. Then they all need not to be fussed over. You must hold back on the watering and, in general, make sure they get enough sun and no insects. What could be easier than that?

 

Jenny Marie

Tribal Writer

 

Edited By

Patricia Godwin

Patricia Godwin

Patricia has many years of experience as a content writer on various subjects, but her first love is gardening. She’s never met a plant she didn’t like and, consequently, she writes about every type of plant you can think of. Once an avid gardener with a herb garden, a succulent rockery, and a rose garden – to mention a few. Nowadays, she’s constantly on the move searching for interesting plants to bring to your attention; and explain to you all the details you need to grow, care and maintain these plants.

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