Faucarias are known as Tiger's Jaws as their pairs of fleshy, spiked leaves are said to look like a tiger's open mouth. The large daisy-like flowers appear in late Summer and Autumn. The flowers open during sunny afternoons, closing at night.
Water plentifully during the active growth period, as often as necessary to keep the potting mixture moist, but never allow pots to stand in water. During the Winter rest period give the plant only enough water to prevent the mixture from drying out.
While in active growth only, apply standard liquid fertilizer at half strength once a month. Feeding at full strength or too frequently will result in soft, uncharacteristic growth.
Because Faucarias have little root, plant them in shallow pans or pots of cactus and succulent compost. When clump has covered the mixture, move the plant into a pot one size larger only once in 2 or 3 years in early Spring.
Gently divide overcrowded clumps in late Spring or early Summer. Insert each such rooted attached directly into 2-3 inch pot in succulent compost. For the first 2 weeks keep Faucaria in medium light, out of direct sunlight. Or take cuttings and dust them with hormone rooting powder and leave to dry for 3 days. Water after 3 weeks when roots have formed.
Faucarias must have at least 3 hours a day of direct sunlight all year long in order to flower. When in active growth period normally warm room temperatures are suitable, but the plant must have a cool Winter rest period.
Like most succulents Faucarias will not produce flowers if they have been kept too hot or too wet in the previous Winter months.
Faucaria is a good windowsill plant for most sunny rooms, it is also ideal for mixed succulent planting or in mini gardens.
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