This succulent plant grows fairly quickly and maybe closely planted to form a hedge, used as an ornamental succulent tree for a rockery, or planted to check soil erosion. … More impressive still is the spekboom’s fantastic growth rate and its drought-resistance, making it an ideal plant for arid areas.
Keeping this in view, how can I make spekboom grow faster?
In order to grow spekboom successfully, the soil must be well-drained. Even tough it has no special requirements to grow, compost and fertiliser will encourage quicker growth. Cuttings are easily rooted in spring though autumn.
Just so, how often do you water a spekboom?
Why is my spekboom going yellow?
Yellowing foliage: If the plant isn’t dropping leaves, but is yellowing, the possible causes are that temperature might be too high or the plant isn’t getting enough light. … Plant has stopped growing: Over winter, if temperatures are cold enough, the Spekboom can go dormant; or have a winter rest.
This succulent will thrive indoors if placed in a warm room with bright light. The spekboom is an attractive evergreen succulent with its small round emerald-green leaves, borne on startling-red stems. … It is an easy to grow succulent that is heat, drought and fire resistant, and can be grown in full sun or semi-shade.
“Planted in the correct area, spekboom is indeed a miracle plant. It can root from cuttings even in degraded soils which reach 70°C in summer and which receive no rain for several months on end. These rooted cuttings can then grow into mature plants over 10 to 20 years, allowing the spekboom thicket to regenerate.”
Best of all is the fact that spekboom is easy to propagate: simply cut or break off a piece, stick it in your garden bed or rockery, water every few days and soon enough you’ll have another one of these versatile carbon-munchers happily growing in your garden. Enjoy!
This tree normally attains a height of 1.5 – 2m in a garden setting and has a small non-invasive root system which makes it ideal for poolside planting. It is very easy to grow and can tolerate both drought and wetter conditions. Also known as ‘Elephant’s Food’ or ‘Spekboom’, it is indigenous to southern Africa.
All parts of the flapjack are toxic to humans, cats, and dogs. That includes the leaves, roots, but especially the flowers. If your Kalanchoe thyrsiflora flowers, take extra caution to keep it away from small children and pets. The flowers are the most toxic part of the plant.
The article said that spekboom can “capture between 2 and 4 tons of carbon per hectare per year”.