How To Take Ice Plant Cuttings

The easiest succulents to grow inside are ice plants. In fact, if you let them grow on their own, they will begin to spontaneously form new clumps as they expand across the ground. These aggregates eventually grow into new plants with fully formed roots and branches. However, you don’t want to allow them to spread naturally. You want to be in command and maintain control over everything.

So how can you multiply Ice plants? Ice plants can be propagated using either cuttings or seeds. The easiest way to multiply plants is by taking cuttings, which just require that you remove a portion of the plant’s stem, give it time to calluse, and then insert it into a potting mixture with good drainage. You must scatter seeds on succulent soil that drains well and then expose them to lots of light so they may germinate. The seeds won’t germinate if you cover them with soil.

Everything you need to know about growing ice plants and caring for newly propagated plants is covered in this blog post. Read on to discover more.

Can cuttings be used to start an ice plant?

Ice plants are succulents, thus they perform well in low soils but cannot withstand damp soil. In reality, the plants are probably going to die if the soil is too damp, especially during the winter. It is advisable to keep in mind while planting this plant because it might become invasive in regions where the soil is persistently dry.

It is possible to grow more ice plants by division, cuttings, or seeds. It is advisable to divide the plants in the spring if you wish to propagate by division. You can take cuttings at any time during the spring, summer, or fall. If seeds are used, scatter them on the soil’s surface rather than covering them; seeds need light to sprout.

How long does it take for cuttings of ice plants to take root?

In order to avoid typing overly long names and confusing our lampranthus, delosperma, and drosanthemums, we’re referring to a wide range of plants by this term.

These are among the most helpful plants in dry bed planting schemes, pots, and rockeries, despite being one of the easiest plants to produce.

They grow like crazy during the spring rain, then explode into flower at the first touch of summer light, flooding the gardens with brilliant zingy hot pinks, reds, oranges , yellows and whites; they really are the most giving and generous of flowers.

The blossoms continue to develop after the exuberant flowering is finished, turning brown and producing seed heads that are quickly sucked up by the subsequent copious growth. They will continue to grow throughout the hot months, forming broad, ground-covering clumps.

However, this is also their biggest drawback as a plant, as they can spread a little too widely if not controlled and can look a mess in the summer as the excess new growth wilts back unless the plant is watered. Left to their own devices, they’ll rampage across an area in no time, growing in everything but rubble.

Experience has taught us to let them flower before severely pruning them back or completely removing them, preventing the need for watering once the heat is turned on. We typically pot on new plants in May so they are ready to be planted outside in the fall.

After the major spring flowering time, when the plants are cut back or replaced with new ones, it is frequently worthwhile to take cuttings because the centre of the plants can turn a little woody as they age.

The little cutting in the pictures is the same size as the large pink clump in the picture was at this time last year, just to give you an idea of how widespread they are. This pink cluster, which has grown for a year, is roughly 80 cm by 60 cm.

These plants developed fresh clumps of vegetation when left to their own devices.

It may be impossible to pull a large cluster of vegetation off the ground since the branches on top of the earth have physically formed new plants and sent out new roots where they are.

Simply cut a piece off with roots on the bottom, plant it in almost any sort of soil, either in a pot or the ground, and watch it grow.

Take as much as you want, it’s a wretched nuisance, I have to cut it back every year,…” is usually the response to a hesitant “could I possibly take a little piece off the end of that plant,” and the next thing you know, the neighbour will be back out with a bin bag and a pair of cutters, glad to see you take away as much as you want.

Some of these are a little “juicier” than others, but don’t worry, treat them the same as the examples with more wood; just remove the extra growth with a little more ruthlessness.

The key is to avoid becoming overly ambitious and trying to acquire a large plant right away. The appearance of roots will take around 3 weeks, but once they have formed, the plant will grow swiftly, so pick strong cuttings right once.

We typically choose “wood” that is still relatively young and fresh, but that has “gone hard,” with softer and more recent new growth emerging from it. We don’t remove the “old wood” from the plant’s centre.

If you study the plant closely, you’ll notice that the older wood in the centre is denser and thicker, and that the branches get softer as they approach the “springy” tip. The optimal time to choose is when the wood has slightly toughened off but is still relatively young.

Pick a somewhat harder piece to plant because cuttings from the sappy new growth are more prone to rot off.

Cut off the blooms and any seed heads, get rid of any extra growth, and only leave strong, healthy new shoots. Be brutal because this new plant needs to put out roots first and doesn’t want to struggle trying to maintain a lot of top growth. Cut the main stem just below the point where the leaves were growing on it, then pinch out the tips of the branches.

At club meetings, we refer to these as “junctions” because this is the point at which the plant can send out branches or roots.

In order to give the stem several areas from which to send out roots, we strive to bury at least two or three of these crucial tiny junctions below the soil.

Until the plant begins to show indications of growth, water it sparingly and keep it in a shaded location out of the sun. This usually indicates that you have a root system when it occurs. Since they often occur 95% of the time, there is no need to fret over them. Use a good-sized pot so the plant can stay in a pot until the heat has cooled down and can be planted out in the fall. Allow the compost to be slightly damp but not wet. Try to avoid full on sun until you’ve formed a root system.

Should I trim my ice plant back?

Although iceplants are known for being completely unfettered, some careful trimming will promote even healthier and more brilliant growth. To prune your plant, abide by following guidelines:

  • After blossoms have faded, prune in the fall.
  • Cut the plant back to a uniform height, removing all faded ice blooms, using sharp, clean pruning shears. As a result, seed production will be reduced, and plants will be able to conserve energy for a more colourful appearance.
  • Trim off any dead foliage you come across. This will keep your plants looking neat and orderly.
  • Iceplants can wither back under extremely cold conditions. If this occurs, proceed and cut it to the ground. It’ll come back in the spring.

Are ice plants regenerated annually?

Are Ice Plants Resurrected Each Year? Although this plant remains evergreen for the majority of the year, the winter months cause the foliage to die back. But throughout the early to late spring season, fresh growth appears from the seed.

invading ice plant

Unfortunately, iceplant is invasive throughout coastal California, from north of Humboldt County to as far south as Baja California, and it spreads quickly. When it settles in a place, it creates a massive, dense mat that suffocates all other native plants and changes the soil’s chemical composition.

What can I do to make my ice plant bloom?

For quick advice on how to get your Ice plant to blossom, see below:

  • Give enough sunlight. Despite being cold-tolerant, ice plants still require light to flourish. It is ideal to arrange them where they will receive ample sunlight. They might not flower properly if they are in the shade or if it is gloomy and raining.
  • Apply the right fertiliser. A fertiliser with an excessive amount of nitrogen may be to blame. You must only feed your ice plants low-nitrogen food if you want them to bloom. Your plant will grow excessive amounts of leaves and other types of green growth in a nitrogen-rich fertiliser or soil, but it won’t produce any blooms. Make sure that the soil or fertiliser is not nitrogen-heavy if you want your ice plant to bloom. Change to a fertiliser with less nitrogen if that is the problem. Test your soil to see if it contains too much nitrogen if this doesn’t work.
  • For a while, stop watering. Remember that succulents include ice plants. Regular watering will result in only green growth and no flowering.
  • Verify for illnesses and pests. Even if they do not appear to be having any problems, these can be a serious concern for any plant. Even though your plant seems to be in perfect health, any concealed diseases and pests could harm it. A weakened plant lacks the strength to generate blossoms. Even if it doesn’t appear to be weak or unhealthy, this can nonetheless occur. Make sure to carefully examine your plant. Get rid of bugs right away if you find any. Some pests will attack the buds, so your Ice plants won’t produce flowers for you. Other pests may affix to the plant as a whole, depriving it of the energy required to generate blossoms. Similar to that, look for any indications of a disease that can be causing your Ice plant to deteriorate and cease flowering. In order to save your plants and make sure they are robust enough to begin blooming, you must act as quickly as you can.
  • Stress out your plant a little bit. When all else fails, try a different strategy. Create a little stress for your plant instead of attempting to make it thrive. Although it may seem counterintuitive, your Ice plants occasionally develop brighter and greater blossoms if they experience a little stress. This doesn’t imply neglect, but occasionally shaking them slightly works. Just watch out not to go overboard!

How quickly do ice plants grow?

If they reside in an environment that is too cold, the Ice Plant is prone to extinction. Fortunately, if you live indoors, you won’t have to worry about them growing back under these circumstances.

For their small, these succulents can cover a decent amount of ground. They can expand to a width of up to four feet. They usually don’t grow much during this process, which only takes a few brief months.

Aloe and other succulents have been utilised for a variety of purposes. The Ice Plant operates similarly. Their leaves are harmless to both people and animals. Others can brew teas out of them, while other people use them in salads.

How is pink ice multiplied?

In its natural environment, Oscularia Deltoides grows on rocky terrain. Because of this, it’s crucial to give these plants a well-draining potting mix. Cactus potting mix and perlite are combined in a quick and easy method I employ. I eyeball it to be roughly a 2:1 solution of cactus mix and perlite rather than using precise proportions. You might also think about creating a sandy soil, which improves drainage. To do this, combine coarse sand with cactus mix or potting soil (about 2:1 ratio). Alternatively, you might combine the three materials—cactus mix, perlite, and coarse sand (1:1:1).

Most of these supplies are available at your neighbourhood garden centre. Here are my suggestions for soil and soil amendments if you want to buy them online. Click on “Best Soil and Fertilizer for Succulents” for additional information about soil for succulents.

Can ice plants be grown indoors?

I prefer plants that serve two purposes, ones that can be used in both outdoor and inside landscaping. A plant that precisely fits that description was given to me by a friend who enjoys gardening last year.

Good day, time traveller! Information in this post may no longer be accurate as it was published on 9/11/2017, which is 1710 days ago.

The plant she gave me is called Aptenia cordifolia ‘Variegata’ and is also known as variegated ice plant or heartleaf ice plant. She gave me the plant at the end of the growing season, and I enjoyed it in my sunroom during the winter. This summer, I moved it outside, where it put on a lovely display.

Some of you may be familiar with the Delosperma, or ice plant, which we cultivate as an annual flower. The plant I was given is not the same as this one.

The annual ice plant, which is cultivated from seeds, has green leaves and stunning purple, yellow, white, pink, or orange blooms. The term “ice plant” comes from how the green leaves shimmer in the sun.

The spherical green leaves’ surfaces are covered in tiny calcium crystals that reflect and retract light, giving them an ice-crystal-like sheen. To contrast with the more vivid petal colour, the petite, single flowers frequently have white centres that are elegantly fringed.

Due to its extreme drought tolerance, ice plants make excellent plants for hot, dry areas in the garden. In fact, overwatering an ice plant will frequently cause it to rot and die. It can be planted in window boxes and pots, where its trailing growth habit will cause it to spill over the edge of containers, or as a ground cover.

Due to their low growth rate and ability to crawl across the soil’s surface, these plants, which only reach heights of 10-15 cm, look attractive at the front of a border. When the sun is shining, the brightly coloured blooms will draw a lot of attention.

Although it is a separate genus, variegated ice plant is a member of the same plant family as common ice plant. It is a creeping succulent with three-cm-long, cream-and-green variegated leaves.

Its foliage is what makes it a good indoor plant; unless it is placed in front of a sunny south window, where it might produce some flower in late spring, it is unlikely to blossom indoors. I plant it indoors because of the lovely foliage.

The leaves don’t shimmer like those of Aptenia cordifolia; they are smooth. Individual leaves don’t lay flat; instead, they usually have a small cup-like shape. The leaves are juicy and meaty.

The trailing growth tendency of the variegated ice plant will eventually cause it to flow over the side of its container and cascade downward. If you use careful pinching, the stems will branch and a fuller plant will result.

Despite having magenta, pink, and white types, the specimen I have blooms bright red outdoors in the summer. This is one plant that dislikes being chilled, so I wait to put it outside in the spring until the nighttime lows are consistently over 10 C.

When it’s in the sunroom during the winter, I put it in a bright spot that’s far enough from the door and windows from keep it from becoming cold. The plant is typically kept in a container that is suspended from the ceiling, which further prevents the plant from being chilled because heat naturally rises in a room.

Since ice plants, particularly variegated ice plants, are tropical plants with South African origins, they are not at all cold-hardy. Frost will destroy annual forms, and they won’t survive an outdoor winter even though they will self-seed. Variegated ice plants cannot endure our harsh winters outside.

Variegated ice plants require only minimal watering, like the majority of succulents. Before adding more water, the soil needs to almost entirely dry out. The soil can be soaked and then left to drain outdoors in a container with good drainage, but indoors during the winter, this would be too much water.

Overwatering will cause the plant’s leaves to become limp, turn yellow, and eventually die. The plant should only receive very little watering over the winter, just enough to keep it alive.

The rapid growth tendency of variegated ice plants is prized; by the end of the winter, a pot of slips will grow into a nice-sized plant. In slightly moistened soilless mix, cuttings take root readily, and numerous of them, each approximately 6 cm long, will fill a good, full pot.

Variegated ice plant would work well as a trailer in a mixed container, even if I have not tried using it in this manner. To avoid being overpowered by its neighbours, it would need to be put directly at the front of the container.

I prefer to admire this pretty plant in its own pot as a specimen plant. With its appealing cream and green leaves and (in the summer) its exquisite red blossoms, it competes both inside and in the outdoor garden.