For many novice and experienced growers, the addition of succulent plants to their collection creates a much welcome variety. While people living in warm regions can enjoy the beauty of succulent plants in the landscape, those elsewhere are able to add life to indoor spaces by growing them in pots. Calico hearts plant (Adromischus maculatus) is especially suited for those wishing to grow unique plants with limited room.
What is Calico Hearts Succulent?
Also known as Adromischus calico hearts, these small succulent plants are prized for their unique color and patterns. While young plants may not show this distinctive pattern, larger specimens’ range in color from light green to gray with appealing, brownish red spots or splashes on leaves and leaf margins.
Native to South Africa and hardy in USDA growing zones 10 and 11, this succulent is tender to frost and must be grown indoors in cooler regions.
Calico Hearts Care
Like other succulents, calico hearts succulent will require some specific needs in order to grow well indoors.
First, growers will need to obtain a calico hearts plant. Since the plant is very delicate, it is best that it is purchased locally, rather than online. During online shipping, Adromischus calico hearts succulents have the tendency to become damaged.
To plant, select a pot relative to the plant’s size. Fill the pot with a well-draining medium or that which has been specifically formulated for use with succulent plants. Gently place the succulent plant into the pot and backfill around the rootball with soil.
Choose a bright, sunny windowsill and place the container there. Calico hearts succulent plants will require ample light to grow.
As with any succulent plant, watering should be done only as necessary. Between each watering, the soil should be allowed to dry. Watering needs will vary throughout the growing season, with the plant requiring the most water during the spring, summer, and fall. When temperatures are cool, reduce the frequency plants receive water.