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Blossfeldia liliputana

Scientific Name:

Blossfeldia liliputana

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South America, Argentina, Bolivia

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ABout the PLant

The Blossfeldia liliputana succulent is a unique and fascinating species native to the Andes Mountains of South America. It is an incredibly small plant, rarely growing more than one centimeter in diameter. Its shape is highly variable, with some plants appearing almost round while others have a more elongated form. The leaves of the Blossfeldia liliputana are thin and waxy, often measuring less than two millimeters in length. They are usually green but can sometimes be tinged with purple or red depending on the amount of sunlight they receive. The flowers are tiny and white, only about one millimeter in size, and appear during the spring months. Care requirements for this species are minimal; it prefers well-draining soil that is kept slightly moist but not wet. It also requires plenty of bright light to thrive, though too much direct sunlight can cause its leaves to burn. Fertilizer should be used sparingly as too much can cause the plant to become overly leggy or even die off completely. The history of the Blossfeldia liliputana is relatively unknown; it was first described by German botanist Karl Moritz Schumann in 1895 but has been largely overlooked since then due to its diminutive size and lack of showy flowers or foliage. Despite this, it remains a popular choice among succulent enthusiasts due to its hardiness and easy care requirements.
The Blossfeldia liliputana succulent is best suited for bright indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, but should be kept out of the hottest parts of the day. For best results, provide medium light throughout the day and low light in the evening.
The ideal soil for the Blossfeldia liliputana succulent is a well-draining, sandy mix. The soil should be slightly acidic with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5 and contain plenty of organic matter such as peat moss or compost. The soil should also be able to retain some moisture while still allowing excess water to drain away quickly.
The Blossfeldia liliputana succulent is a drought-tolerant plant that prefers infrequent watering. Water the soil only when it has completely dried out, and then give it a thorough soaking. Allow the water to fully drain before watering again. During the winter months, reduce watering even further, allowing the soil to dry out more than usual between waterings.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Blossfeldia liliputana succulent are between 40-50%. This means that the air should not be too dry or too humid. If you can maintain a consistent level of humidity in your home, this will help your succulent thrive.