Cultivation: It is a species
of easy culture, recommended for any collection that needs lots of light
with ample airflow. Water regularly in summer, but do not overwater.
Water thoroughly only if soil is dry to
the touch, let soil dry in between to prevent root rot,
keep dry in
winter. Use a very porous
mineral-based potting mix, with excellent drainage, as can be achieved by the addition
of extra perlite
or pumice. Feed with a high potassium
fertilizer in summer.
Care must be taken with watering as
to become swollen and untidy in growth habit if given too much
water and shade.
Sun Exposure: High levels of light are needed to
Can be sunburned if moved
from shade/greenhouse into full sun too quickly. During the spring it
may be able to take full sun until the heat arrives at the end of
spring. In an area that has hot afternoon sun, it may be able to take
full morning sun, but requires afternoon shade or afternoon light shade.
If grown correctly, it will reward the grower with generous
displays of flowers. Keep it around 5° C in winter, but
it is quite frost resistant if
kept dry (hardy at least as low as -5° C for short periods). A resting period in winter and strong light are necessary so that it can
flower properly. Sensitive to red
spider mite. Overhead watering is helpful in controlling mites.
Propagation: Herbaceous stem
to callus over before planting).