Gibbaeum cryptopodium profile

Written by Maggie

Feb 19 2021

Gibbaeum cryptopodium profile

Gibbaeum Cryptopodium is native to the Little Karoo Plateau in South Africa. Gibbaeum Cryptopodium, also known as the hump flower, is named for its hump-like top. Gibbaeum Cryptopodium comes across as cute because it looks like a "cute bunny" when it's young.

Gibbaeum cryptopodium picture

Gibbaeum cryptopodium

Gibbaeum cryptopodium characteristics

Gibbaeum Cryptopodium is a perennial fleshy herb, plants are low, clustered leaves are elliptic, hump-shaped at the top, saddle insets divide the plant into two unequal halves. The leaves are smooth, pale green, triangular at the top, and arched at the back of the leaves, curving inwards into a jawline shape. Flowers of gibbaeum Cryptopodium are pale pink, pedunculate, bracteate, 2--3 cm. When Gibbaeum Cryptopodium was young, she looked a little like a rabbit, and when she was older, she looked a little like a heart.

Growth habits of Gibbaeum Cryptopodium

Gibbaeum Cryptopodium likes a warm, sunny environment, drought resistance, cold resistance, and is afraid of water, suitable for the growth of culture soil containing coarse sand, leaf rot soil plus garden soil plus granular soil or coarse sand mix material.

Gibbaeum Cryptopodium suitable growth temperature is about 18-24 degrees, high temperature in summer dormancy, shading and ventilation.

This branch of plant water should be controlled, growing season watering to dry see wet, winter temperature above 10 degrees, heating is good, can be given in the right amount, and vice versa.

Gibbaeum Cryptopodium distribution range

Gibbaeum Cryptopodium is distributed in South Africa.

Gibbaeum Cryptopodium growing methods

Breeding to prepare

Use the substrate formula of seeding most of the apricot family plants, that is, mix the peat with small deer marsh soil (1~2 mm) in a 5:1 ratio, and put it into a pot for use. To prevent weed seeds and harmful bacteria from carrying in the soil, disinfect it: soak the potted soil for Gibbaeum Cryptopodium in a solution of potassium permanganate the night before planting, to a level no higher than the potted soil. In order to prevent killing all the beneficial bacteria in the soil and affecting the normal growth of young seedlings, the concentration of potassium permanganate solution should not be too high, and it is appropriate to take the solution as deep pink. The next morning, the pot soil has been soaked with potassium permanganate solution, the pot out to dry, and by noon can be sown.


Water the Gibbaeum Cryptopodium thoroughly before sowing. Gibbaeum Cryptopodium seeds are very small. Pour them onto a white paper. Fold the white paper horizontally so that the paper slot is tilted towards the pot. Do not cover the soil after sowing, with 1000 times of carbendazim water carefully sprayed, to the bottom of the basin can be leaking. Carbendazim concentration can not be too large, otherwise adverse to seed germination. Spray when the water mist should be fine, the action should be light, to prevent the seeds from spraying people in the soil. Then cover the seeding pot with plastic wrap and put it in a sunny place.

Gibbaeum cryptopodium

Post seeding management

After sowing Gibbaeum Cryptopodium, open the plastic wrap a small slit every day, ventilate for about 2 hours, spray some water and then cover it. To prevent bacterial growth due to high humidity, spray a microbicide every three days. One thousand times carbendazim and chlorothalonil can be alternately sprayed to prevent the bacteria from developing resistance.

Seven days later, the shoots came out. After budding, gradually lift the plastic wrap, to give the seedlings sufficient light, to prevent growth. One and a half months later, the seedlings of Gibbaeum Cryptopodium began their first molting. At this time to strictly control the water, basin soil is too dry can be a small amount of spray humidification. Small seedlings grow tall, easy to stagger, to use small deer swampy soil evenly spread around the seedlings, both the seedlings straight, and ensure that the root neck is not sunburned. Gibbaeum Cryptopodium looks like a "bunny" after its first molt? Two months later, the "little rabbit" gradually fat, into a round small "heart"!

After four months, Gibbaeum Cryptopodium begins its second molt, but unlike the first, the old leaves don't wilt, they grow stronger and stronger. Then, 10 days later, they undergo a third molt, and a fourth within a week. As with the second time, the old leaves did not wilt and continued to grow vigorously. The pot will soon be too small for the wild growth of them. After 5 months, in order for the Gibbaeum Cryptopodium to grow healthily, we can transplant them into a larger pot and make them grow more vigorously 

Gibbaeum Cryptopodium propagation methods

Gibbaeum Cryptopodium propagates mainly by seeding and branching.

Gibbaeum Cryptopodium is generally divided into a combination of spring and pot replacement.