How to care for a Delosperma Echinatum | Pickle Plant

This South African native is a succulent with some funky foliage and he is kind of a big dill. While he's not poisonous, his leaves won't taste at all like a good dill pickle. The spines look sharp, but don't worry! They won't prick your fingers like a cactus.

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  • Minimal
  • Rarely
  • Bright, indirect light
  • Non-toxic
  • Little to none

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  • Pickle plants hail from the dry mountains and desert plateaus of South Africa.
  • While their leaves look like little pickles, they don't taste like pickles. The good news is that if you decide to have a taste, Pickle plants are non-toxic to humans and pets.
  • Like most succulents, Pickle plants don't like to be overwatered. The soil should be allowed to dry out completely between waterings. Waterings should be deep and thorough and any excess water should be allowed to drain from the pot. They require less water in the winter when the days are shorter and they're not getting as much light.
  • Pickle plants need a lot of sun to thrive and prefer bright, indirect light.
  • Pickle plants need little to no fertilizer.
  • Pickle plants, like lots of succulents, don't need to be repotted often. When you do, make sure to use a well draining potting soil.
  • Pickle plants don't need much pruning, but they can easily be propagated by cuttings.
  • Occasionally, Pickle plants are susceptible to mealy bugs and aphids. Look for leaf and stem damage as well as sticky sap that these pests leave behind.

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