Othonna is a genus of evergreen or deciduous geophytes in the sunflower family native to Africa.
They are dwarf succulents or shrubs, bearing yellow daisy-like flowers.
30 - 40
6.5 - 7.2
Identify my othonna
The Othonna genus includes several species of Mediterranean plants from North African origin.
They are from Asteraceae family, they carry flowers in yellow heads, with ligules often fringed at the end. Perennials, they take a creeping port. The leaves are thick, sometimes succulent and globose.
Plant my othonna
Plant your othonna in a light, porous and well-drained growing soil to prevent water from stagnating at the root level - enriched with sand. The othonas need a maximum of light.
In pots inside, place them in front of the windows so that they are beautiful even in winter.
In winter, they will prefer a cool room.
In summer, do not hesitate to take them out if the conditions are favorable.
Water my othonna
The othonnas tolerate infrequent watering, and hate stagnant water, especially in heavy soil.
The watering rate varies with the season, as your plant "evaporates" more when it receives a lot of light.
How to do ? You can use tap water or reclaimed water. Sprinkle gently, and if you see water in the cup, empty it after watering.
Fertilize my othonna
Othonnas can live or survive with very little nutrients! But if you want beautiful vigorous plants, a supply of fertilizer can help you. Just use a liquid fertilizer, geranium or tomato fertilizer is just fine. The special fertilizer for cacti is almost identical, but more expensive! Fertilize on every other watering during the growing season.
Repot my othonna
Repot at the beginning of the beautiful days, at the end of the winter rest, right before the resume of the growth. This allows the plant to recover from the inconvenience, and to be ready for a new year.
If you missed the moment, it's not very a big problem, you can do it all year!
Repot your cacti every 3 or 4 years with potting soil mixed with a lot of sand. Know that the growth is related to the frequency of repotting: a cactus never repotted will stop growing!
When repotting, remove the old soil and dead roots as much as possible, while being careful not to damage the larger ones, which are alive.
To facilitate drainage, place a layer of coarse sand in the bottom of the pot, gravel or even pebbles for large plants.
Shelter my othonna
Bring your othonna inside well before the first cool nights, because it does not support the winter moisture.
Put outside my othonna
Do not hesitate to take out your othonna for the summer!
If it has spent the winter a little in the shade, just avoid placing it directly in full sun, acclimate it gradually ... You will bring it inside at the end of summer.