Pachyphytum oviferum - Moonstones Succulent Plant Growth and Care

Pachyphytum oviferum - Moonstones Growth and Care Guide

Easy Guide To Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones Succulent Plant

In this article we will talk about a very beautiful moonstones succulent plant. It is very adorable plant and you will love to have it onboard your house. 

If you have a busy daily life and stay out of home for most of the time for business purposes or official work and you are a succulent lover too. Guess what, you are in Luck. Succulent families have just a right type of succulent for you. Moonstones.. yes.. the botanical name is Pachyphytum oviferum. A hardy plant that can grow in harsh and tough conditions. You can leave this beautiful succulent alone for quite sometime without the fear that it will die in your absence. 

Beside being so hardy to the nature moonstones succulent plant - pachyphytum oviferum is very attractive and beautiful plant that will catch your eyes at first sight by it's beautiful leaves covered with moon dust.

Pachyphytum oviferum is a famous succulent plant which is liked and owned by most of succulent lovers due to it's unique leaves shape and easy growing and hardy to weather reasons. It's hard to keep your eyes of this plant as it has the power to make you fall in love with it. 

Moonstones succulent plants comes from Mexico where it grows on cliffs.  This succulent have amazing oval shaped leaves. The leaves can grow up to 5 cm long and the stem can grow up to 20 cm.  The leaves colour may vary from light blue to light greenish blue, pink, lavender or peach.  

Pachyphytum oviferum also know as moonstones plant due to their look alike shape. This plants belongs to Crassulaceae family along with many other beautiful plants. 

Here in this special article about this special succulent I will bring answers to the most asked questions about succulent and this plant as well. There are thousands of people who love keeping succulents at their homes but unfortunately most of them don't know how to handle them. They don't know how to grow them, propagate, watering, indoor and out door placement timing, sunlight duration and intensity caring. So here i will cover the following bullet points about moonstones succulent plant.

  • About Pachyphytum oviferum.
  • Soil composition requirements.
  • Transplanting the succulent.
  • How to propagate pachphytum oviferum.
  • Watering routine.
  • Growth rate information.
  • Placement and sun light intensity
  • Special notice to keep moonstones succulent plant healthy and alive. 

Pachyphytum oviferum - Moonstones Growth and Care Guide
Pachyphytum oviferum - Moonstones succulent plant

About Pachyphytum Oviferum 

Pachyphytum is a spring/fall type succulent which mean it grows to it's best in the spring and fall period. The name is given to the plant due to it's unique shape which means “thick plant,” and as the name implies, these plants feature round, thick leaves. 

Hoshibijin is a representative variety for the genus, and its delightful shape is a big hit. The surface of the leaves is beautiful, as if it had been lightly brushed with moon dust; however, the powder comes off to the touch, which leaves unsightly spots, so handle the plant carefully.

Soil Composition For Pachyphytum Oviferum

Mix 5 parts small-grain Akadama, 3 parts Kanuma soil, and 2 parts mulch for a ratio that has good drainage, water retention, and breath-ability. Add a layer of gravel like large-grain Akadama or pumice to the bottom of the pot. When you transplant a succulent, add a layer of granular base fertilizer on top of the layer of gravel.

How To Transplant Moonstones Succulent Plant

In this type of succulent the stem of the plant grows easily and tends to fall over, so take a stem cutting for transplanting. Pour in the slightly dampened new soil. When you have finished transplanting, lightly tap the pot to level the soil and place the plant in partial shade to take root. Make sure you do the following things: 
  1. Pull out the plant easy and steady
  2. Remove any darkened and rotten roots.
  3. Remove all the old soil from the roots.
  4. Spread out the roots before planting in new pot.
  5. Transfer the plant to fresh soil.
  6. Prepare required mixture of soil as illustrated in above section.
  7. Your plant is all set to grow normally.

How To Propagate Pachyphytum Oviferum - Moonstones Plant

There are many common methods to propagate any succulent. Propagating Moonstones succulent aka pachyphytum oviferum is also reproduced by the same methods. The most common methods are leaf cuttings and stem cuttings.

Propagation with leaf cuttings or stem cuttings is simple. To use a leaf cutting, simply remove a plump leaf from the stem and lay it on top of soil for a new plant to take root and sprout. To use a stem cutting, cut off a branch on the side of the stem and insert it in soil.

1. Leaf Cutting:

Place the leaf you removed from the succulent stem on the surface of dampened soil, and after about 10 days the leaf will begin to take root and sprout. When your new plant has grown 4 or 5 leaves, pull it from the soil, taking care not to injure the
roots, and transplant it.

2. Stem Cutting:

In stem cutting you simple cut a branch off from the stem and let the cut end of the branch dry out for 4–5 days, after 4 or 5 days when the cut branch stem is dried out insert the branch into soil. During the first half month until the plant takes root, keep the soil constantly damp and leave the plant in partial shade. After the plant has taken root, you can care for it as usual. 

Watering Routine Moonstones Succulent Plant

The pachyphytum oviferum is a spring/fall type succulent. It requires irregular routine of watering through out the year. In the first quarter of the year it requires very less amount of water but in the second quarter the plant requires a lots o water to stay alive. The third quarter again require less watering and in the last quarter of the year the plant must be provided with lots of water. 

> From December till mid of March the plant must be provided with less amount of water, almost once every 15 days or you can say twice a month. Excess amount of water can damage the roots and they can get rotten.
> From mid of March the watering should be increased slowly and it must be as frequent as after every 3 or 4 days or when the soil dries up. This watering routine should be carried out until the end of June. You should either water in the morning or in the evening time. Do not water in the day time while plant and the soil is hot enough.

> From July the watering frequency must reduced and it should reach to once after every 10 to 15 days. This frequency can be continued till mid of September.  

> From later half of the September the watering frequency can be increased and it can be as frequent as once every 3 or 4 days. This routine can be followed until end of November.


Periodic Growth Rate Information Of Pachyphytum Oviferum

This plant is a spring/fall type which it grows well in the spring and fall periods. The pachyphytum oviferum has a considerably varied growth rate through out the year. As you can see in the below points how this moonstones succulent plant behave to the four seasons of the years.

> The plant has considerably slow growth rate in the first quarter of the year which is from December until mid of March. 

> From mid of March the plant grows fast and this is the best growing period for this succulent. The plant continue to grow till the end of June.

> From July the growth rate of this plant start going down and this slow growth continue until the mid of September.

> The plant growth once again increases from the later half of the September and it keep growing fast and good until the later half of November.

Placement & Sunlight Practice

This moonstones plant requires a regular and good practice regarding the sunlight intensity and placement routine. Although the plant is very hardy and can survive extreme conditions but still the imbalance of sunlight intensity can effect on the plant growth. Therefore proper routine must be followed.

> In the first quarter of the year in which the plant is almost dormant, it can be kept indoor next to the window away from direct sunlight. This can be usually done fro December till the later half of February.

> The pachyphytum oviferum start become active in the March and start growing so it can be brought back to sun but make sure to avoid it from rains. As the rain remove the magical powder from it's leaves and excess water can damage the roots. It can be kept in the sun until Later half of June. make sure to rotate the plant during the day time so that equal light distribution is insured. You can also remove the plant from after noon hot sunlight in extreme hot regions and keep it in shades. 

> Starting from July until the plant needs to be kept in partial shades and therefore must be kept in partial shades under protection from rains. It can be kept in Partial shades till mid of September. 

> From mid of September pachyphytum oviferum the moonstones succulent once again start growing and therefore again it need to be placed in sunlight. Keep the succulent in sunlight under the veranda to protect from rains. Follow this routine until the mid of December.

Pachyphytum Oviferum Flowering Period

This beautiful succulent produces scarlet bell shaped flowers in spring and winter season. The colour of the flowers is red and orange. 

Steps To Keep Moonstones Succulent Healthy & Alive

This variety is very robust and can be easily propagated. Because the stem grows long so easily, expose the plant to lots of sunlight outside during its growing season and keep its shape compact. 

If you neglect to transplant, the moonstones plant will become root bound as the roots run out of space and grow in circles within the pot. This hurts drainage and air circulation in the soil, and can lead to root rot. Be careful of the soil becoming soggy in midsummer, and take your plant inside on cold winter days to prevent freezing.

Normally you should transplant you succulent once every year to a new pot and change the soil with fresh part. But in some cases it is seen that most of the people do not transplant their lovely succulent plants, it's OK but extra measures need to be taken to make sure the plant remain healthy and alive. All you have to do is add some extra fertilizer between the later half of the March and the first half of April or you can do the same in the later half of September and the first half of October.

Pachyphytum oviferum can be transplanted two time in one year. Either you can transplant the plant in Starting fro first half of March until the last half of April. Second period is when you can transplant the plant is from later half of the September till the end of October. You can easily transplant the this plant in these two period while following the how to transplant method illustrated above. 

There are two propagation periods for this moonstones succulent in a single year where the plant can be propagated as desired. In both periods either leaf cutting or stem cutting can be used, there is no restriction that which one should you be using. 

The first propagation period is from last half of March till end of June. The second propagation period is from 2nd half of September till 2nd half of December. 

Regarding the leaves powder, the gentle pastel colors of the leaves are part of the charm of this succulent. When the leaves are touched or are exposed to heavy or long-lasting rain, the powder will come off and expose the bare surface of the leaves. When that happens, the powder will not grow back. You will just have to wait for the blotched leaves to fall and be replaced with new ones as the plant grows.

All these information are based on my detailed study about the succulents and having years of experience that I posses as I love to be a part of them everyday. Remember many succulent may have different behavior to weather and conditions depending on different regions. Most of the figure provided here in the articles depends on the optimum climate, region and care provided to the plant and may vary for some people. However the difference will not be that high to be worried about. 

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