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Also known as Golden Nugget these plants are truly alpine succulent plants and are from South Africa’s distant higher peaks. The flowers are yellow and shiny and are very attractive that grow on the succulent foliage. The leaves are evergreen and spread like a carpet. These plants are also very hard and are also known as Ice plant.
The botanical name of this plant is Delosperma congestum Gold Nugget. These are a native of South Africa but are quite hardy in the regions of North America. The flowers bear a white eye. As the plants are alpine species regular moisture is preferred by these plants and that is they grow well in North America.
Growing these plants is not very difficult. The plants need a soil that dries faster and growing the plants from the seeds can be very inexpensive.
The seeds must be planted in the sunny bed of flower as the roots that are developing dislike being disturbed. The deadheads of the plants must be cut off for a better growth.
New plants in the outdoor beds must be watered once within five to seven days and this must be continued for a month after the transplantation.
Vigorous growth can be seen if the plants are watered regularly in the summer months.
After one year watering must be done once in every two to four weeks so that the plants remain soaked a little bit if there is no rain.
Potted plants need more watering during the hot and dry seasons.
This plant prefers to grow in soil which is fast-draining yet maintain a moderate moisture in the soil.
Gold Nugget grows well in partial shade or full sun light and grows well in temperature around twenty degrees Celsius or sixty eight degree Fahrenheit.
The peak time when blooming occurs in these plants are the in the summer and during late spring time to the early fall.
These plants generally grow up to a height of three inches.
Application of any kind of organic fertilizers can give good results however, fertilization must be done lightly.
These plants that attract butterflies are mainly planted in the gardens for decorative or ornamental purposes.
These are also used as ground cover and for edging.