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Gibbaeum

Gibbaeum

Its name comes from Latin and literally means "gibbous", referring to its swollen leaves, of gibbous and sometimes elongated shapes. These are small succulents, which are very appreciated for their particular aspect, consisting of foliage, full of water and of a rather light green color, swollen and which is formed by a series of small gibbous forms, more or less elongated depending on the species considered. In spring its shades are greatly enlivened by white or pinkish inflorescences, that last for several days; while in winter they may take on a more extravagant appearance, due to a sort of papery sheath, that covers them partially, in order to protect them from cold! Here are some tips for its cultivation: It requires an exposure to full sun. However, it can be placed in a partially shaded area, but only if it still receives a lot of light throughout the whole year. It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures and never below 10 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it during the winter period. Water moderately in spring and autumn but only when the soil is completely dry, reduce watering to once every two months in summer and suspend it completely in winter. The best soil is a substrate suitable for succulents, as long as it is well draining and prevents rotting. They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute a specific fertilizer for succulents with watering once a year.