Rhytidocaulon Macrolobum is probably a very unique plant that is not found very easily everywhere. This plant grows flowers in late September and requires little water in its dormant stage. They grow brownish-green flowers that look more like a starfish. They have fleshy and wrinkly flowers that turn brownish red as they age.
These plants are not easy to grow indoors as they require proper temperature change to grow. They are prone to root rot which is why taking care of water supply is crucial. Here is what you can do to take care of this plant.
Ways to Maintain a Rhytidocaulon Macrolobum Plant
Soil, water, space, and sunlight are some important factors that play a crucial role in the growth of this plant.
Supremely well-drained soil is essential to growing out this plant as stagnant water is extremely dangerous. The soil should be a gritty and well balanced of good quality smooth soil and sand. This plant needs little fertilizer and frequent soil conditioner.
Water is not a necessary part of this plant growth as it requires minimum water which they can receive through the rain if planted outdoors. In the winter or mid-spring season, there is no need to water this plant.
Sunlight is another crucial factor that can make or break the Rhytidocaulon Macrolobum plant. Direct sunlight is super important; hence, this plant cannot grow well indoors.
This plant grows in diameter and also in height which is why it requires a big pot to grow. These plants are grown by putting the seeds just a few feet below the ground.
Propagation and repotting of Rhytidocaulon Macrolobum
Propagation through stem
In the peak growing season of Rhytidocaulon Macrolobum, extract the stem and cut it into equal parts. Plant each piece at the exactly same distance by placing them in well-drained soil. It will grow at its peak time which is July just like Kedrosis Africana and Duvalia plant. You can also grow this plant through seeds using the same method.
If you decide to take the risk and grow this plant indoors, try to shift its pot and keep it in a shallow planter.
Pest and insect control for Rhytidocaulon Macrolobum plant
The Rhytidocaulon Macrolobum plant is mostly prone to mealybugs and whiteflies. Two popular natural ways to get rid of pests are neem oil and eucalyptus oil. Mix both oils in water and sprinkle it on the leaves or target area twice a week to get rid of pesky insects.
If you feel like the condition is going bad and more insects are attacking the plant use mild pesticide. After the insects are mostly dead, replant it in a different position.
Rhytidocaulon Macrolobum is a rare plant that is hard to find in regional countries except for Africa. The distinct flowers are fascinating to look at and provide a feeling of joy. However, the rough skin of the flower gives an outdated look to the plant. They mostly change color with time and their maturity level.