Super easy to grow, Othonna capensis is a fast growing, trailing succulent with long brightly coloured purple stems. The fleshy green bean-like leaves take on the colour of the stems when exposed to bright sunlight. It blooms often with small, bright yellow, daisy like flowers.
Othonna capensis is the perfect plant for hanging baskets or in pots placed high so the branches can trail downwards. A versatile plant that will grow indoors or out as long as it is given adequate light and its roots are not kept wet.
Grows to around 5cm in height before trailing downwards.
Spreads to 50cm in ideal conditions.
Fast growing trailing succulent.
Green to deep red/purple depending on light and conditions.
Small yellow daisy like flowers on tall purple stems above the foliage.
Spring to all year round.
Non toxic. Safe around pets and children.
Care tips for Othonna capensis
Full sun to part shade. Optimal growth in a sheltered position that receives morning sun and is bright all day. It will grow well indoors in a bright spot that gets a good amount of light for most of the day.
Othonna capensis are a very hardy plant and will grow in a range of temperature extremes. They are tolerant of low temperatures as long as they are kept fairly dry. We have had our plants survive cold snaps with temperatures as low as -6C with no adverse effects.
These plants have low water needs and are drought tolerant. Water moderately in the warm, drier months allowing them to completely dry out between waterings. Water minimally in winter. Do not allow the soil to stay wet, especially in the cold weather.
Othonna capensis like a very well-drained potting medium with plenty of drainage holes if planted in pots. A mix of organic compost with some coarse sand, and lots of perlite and/or grit is ideal.
Repot annually if possible. They are fragile and can be difficult to repot when large. If they have outgrown their pots, size up one. If not, potting into the same pot with fresh soil will benefit the plant.
Fertilizing is not normally necessary, especially if the plant is re-potted into fresh soil in spring. Should you need to fertilize, a very small dose of slow release fertilizer, or a diluted liquid fertilizer at the beginning of spring will be enough. An application of Seasol or other seaweed tonic once a month will help keep the plant healthy.
The main pests to watch out for are the usual sap-sucking and chewing pests such as mealy bugs, scales and aphids. Caterpillars and snails will also occasionally attack the leaves. A natural pest control, such as neem oil, applied at the first sign of infestation will often help eradicate or deter most of these pests.
Small plants posted in pots. Larger plants may be posted bare-rooted with minimal soil due to their fragile nature.
Delivers to: ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC
Plants are posted on Mondays as well as Tuesdays and Wednesdays to selected areas. Public holiday weeks differ. We use Australia Post Express Post for all plant deliveries.