Pigface

A creeping succulent with daisy-like flowers.
Common name : Pigface
Scientific name : Carpobrotus
Family : Aizoaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Carpobrotus - pigface - is a genus in the Aizoaceae family with 12 to 20 accepted specie, mostly endemic to South Africa, but there are at least four Australian species and one South American. They are round-creeping plants with succulent leaves and large daisy-like flowers, easily forming wide-area ground covers over a sandy soil. C. acinaciformis and C. edulis are two species often used for groundcover due to their rapid growth, dense habit, and resistance to fire.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 1 - 30
pH 6 - 8

Plant my pigface

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my pigface

Water regulary in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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