Tag: faucaria

Faucaria tigrina, 4,5 years old

These seed grown Faucaria tigrina have almost outgrown their pot. They have all developed a little stem and are hanging over the edge, but I kind of like the look of them. Faucaria tigrina are mesembs, but unlike Lithops, Pleiospilos and conophytum, Faucaria can handle more water and are allowed to develop several leaf sets. They’re slightly faster growing, too. Mine spend all of their time “outdoors” on my frost protected balcony, even in winter.

To be honest, I haven’t really been thinking much about them for the last couple of years. I wonder why they’re still alive when store-bought Faucarias die almost immediately after I buy them. I water when they look slightly wrinkly, but leave them in direct sun, so the soil dries out almost immediately. They have experienced scorching direct sunlight, cold and humid winters, me forgetting to water for months, staying in the same pot without a change of soil for more than 4 years and a few rounds of spider mites and they’re still here.

Faucaria tigrina, 4 years + 1 month

The Tiger Jaws survived another winter with no casualties. These babies have been in the same pot with the exact same soil for almost exactly 4 years now and they’re thriving. I think maybe I forgot to fertilize them the last couple of years, but they clearly like the way I’m treating them, so I’ll just continue forgetting about them.
I still water them with my other succulents when the soil has been dry for a week or two and they’ve started to wrinkle up.

Faucaria tigrina, 3 years + 9 months

It’s been 9 months since I last took a pic of the Faucaria (tiger jaws). They’re still very much alive, but not much is happening at the moment. Their growth has slowed way down. I don’t think they’re going to bloom this year unless they decide to bloom in winter. Last year they flowered in early October.
I guess the important thing is that they’re doing well.