Baby Toes Succulents are one of the most popular succulent plants. They have been cultivated since ancient times. The first recorded use of them was in China during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). During the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), they were used extensively for decoration, especially in Chinese gardens. During the Qing Dynasty (1912 – 1949) they became very popular among gardeners because of their adaptability and ease of care. After World War II, they continued to be grown commercially in many countries around the world.
The Baby Toes Succulent is native to Central America, where it grows wild along riversides and streams. It is found growing on limestone rocks or soil with a clay base such as riverbanks or beach sand. The leaves are usually 2-3 inches long and 1/4 inch wide.
They grow from the stem, but they may branch out into several branches. There are three varieties of Baby Toes Succulents:
1) Baby Toes Laceleaf – These plants have short, lacy leaves that resemble lace.
They have small white flowers in spring. The flower buds are pinkish purple and look like little hearts.
2) Baby Toes Starved Rock – These plants have wider leaves than the other two varieties.
They branch out from the roots and have a reddish hue.
3) Baby Toes Olive – These plants resemble the Laceleaf variety, but are much darker in color.
The succulent Baby Toes Succulent is easy to care for. They prefer bright light or partial shade. They prefer cool temperatures with lots of indirect sunlight.
They should not be placed in direct sunlight because the sunlight may burn the leaves.
During the fall and winter, water them monthly. During the spring and summer, water them every two weeks. It is important to not let the soil dry out completely.
Keep the pot in a saucer that contains an inch or two of water to keep the soil moist. Use rain water or distilled water to prevent mineral buildup in the soil.
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