February 14, 2023
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Cotyledon pendens, more commonly known as Cliff Cotyledon. This hardy succulent belongs to the Crassulaceae family and is native to Namibia in southwestern Africa where they grow on rocky cliff sides. This succulent is known for its tiny, plump, green leaves that produce darling pink, pendulous flowers. Cotyledon pendens is a great option for a hanging planter.
Let’s talk about care. Succulents crave as much bright light as you can give them. This succulent expresses a bright-pink hue in high light conditions. Place in a sunny south facing window for best results. If you plan to grow this succulent outdoors in the summer, temper its exposure to direct sun until acclimated. Re-pot using a cactus or succulent specific mix. We love Sol Soils Cactus Gritty Mix. This soil mix balances sharp drainage with good water retention up front. Allow succulents to dry almost completely through before giving a thorough soak. During the growing season, you may water every 7-10 days, but in the winter, watering could happen once per month. Get familiar with the weight of your pot when completely dry, then saturated. This will help you get familiar with an appropriate watering routine. As always, keep an eye out for common pests such as mealy bugs. Check for pests weekly when watering and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment.