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Heartleaf Iceplant or Aptenia cordifolia is a succulent plant with purplish pink color flowers with yellow center in it.
Aptenia cordifolia also known as the heartleaf ice plant. The plant belongs to the family of Aizocea.
The plant is a succulent plant with purplish pink color flowers with yellow center in it.
The leaves of the plant resemble a heart thus the name. The plant is common in Arizona and California.
The plant could be in your ground covers as they love spreading when provided moist soil.
This perennial plant needs abundant of sunlight and water. The plant belongs to tropical and tender perennials.
They require sandy soil. Heartleaf can be planted during the spring.
Low maintenance plant with moderate needs.
The average height of the plant is around 16 to 30 cm. The length of the petals can be around 6 cm.
The leaves of the plant are lush green and small in size.
Watering the plant regularly with 3 to 4 cups would be sufficient.
The plant is heat tolerant. Make sure you do not overwater the plant; it'll start dying. Allow the soil to dry out between the watering.
Examine the moisture of the soil by digging your finger in the soil. If the soil is dry up to 5 cm then it's the time for watering.
The plant requires direct sunlight. It requires partial shade to full sunlight.
A well draining alkaline soil will support its growth.
Sandy soil which is light and in perfect granular texture.
The plant spreads vigorously in the moist soil. In that case, if you are growing your plant inside a container then make sure you shift it on the ground. Adding cacti and succulent mix will enable the plant to spread.
Use natural and slow-release fertilizers on the plant. Fertilize the plant during the re-potting of the plant or in the early spring as would not hinder the plant in the growing season.
The succulents don't require fertilization regularly but you can add diluted nitrogen fertilizer which can give a head start for your budding plant.
The plant bears fuchsia or magenta color flowers. They bloom during the early summer. The heart-shaped leaves are tender and fleshy.
The plant attracts a lot of bees and butterflies for pollination. During the winters the plant becomes frosty, the tiny hairs on the plant covers the plant that reflects light making it frosty.
Therefore derives the name as ice plant.
The plant is an ornamental plant. The plant is perfect for hanging baskets as they spread in the direction of the sunlight making your patio look beautiful.
The plant is also helpful to cover up spaces or if you want to hide your wall.
You can also plant it on the wall of your house before the blooming season such that the stems of the plant hang around the walls.
As the spring comes your walls would be full of blasting colors of the flowers.
The plant may get infected with downy mildew-pathogen or certain fungus. It would turn your plant grey in color; stopping its growth
You can get rid of it by using half-strengthen fungicides and pesticides. Make sure you remove the weeds and prune plants to provide better air circulation.