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Mesembryanthemum mix, also known as Livingstone daisy or Mesembryanthemum criniflorum, is a popular annual flowering plant known for its vibrant and colorful flowers. It belongs to the Aizoaceae family and is native to South Africa. The mix is a blend of different Mesembryanthemum varieties, resulting in a stunning display of various colors and patterns.
Plant morphology: Mesembryanthemum mix plants are low-growing, spreading succulents with thick, fleshy leaves. The leaves are usually green or gray-green and have a cylindrical or triangular shape. The plants produce daisy-like flowers that come in a wide range of colors, including shades of pink, purple, orange, yellow, and white. The flowers bloom during the day and close at night.
Soil and climatic requirements: Mesembryanthemum mix plants prefer well-drained soil with good moisture retention. They thrive in full sun and are tolerant of heat and drought. These plants are well-suited to arid and coastal regions but can also be grown in containers or raised beds with well-draining soil.
Planting type: Mesembryanthemum mix can be grown from seeds or purchased as young plants from nurseries. Seeds can be sown directly into the garden bed or started indoors and transplanted later. Planting can be done in early spring when the danger of frost has passed.
Spacing: Space the plants approximately 16 - 20" apart to allow for their spreading growth habit.
Germination period: Mesembryanthemum mix seeds typically germinate within 7-14 days under optimal conditions.
Hours of sunlight required: Mesembryanthemum mix plants require full sun exposure to bloom profusely. They need at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.
Watering: While these plants are drought-tolerant, regular watering is still necessary, especially during dry spells. Water deeply when the soil becomes dry, but avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.
Companion plants: Mesembryanthemum mix plants can be combined with other low-growing, drought-tolerant plants such as sedums, ice plants, and portulacas to create a vibrant and water-wise garden display.
Common uses: Mesembryanthemum mix plants are primarily grown as ornamental plants for their eye-catching flowers. They are often used in rock gardens, borders, containers, and hanging baskets to add a pop of color and texture. The flowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, enhancing the biodiversity of the garden.
Note: Mesembryanthemum mix plants are not frost-tolerant and may require protection or be treated as annuals in colder climates. They can self-seed and reappear in subsequent growing seasons if conditions are favorable.
I recently tried Vedonic's mesembryanthemum seeds and I'm so glad I did! The seeds were easy to plant and produced healthy, vibrant plants with beautiful flowers. The blooms come in a range of colors, from bright pinks to sunny yellows, and they really brighten up my garden. Recommended to anyone looking to add some colour and life to their outdoor space.