Scientific name: Fenestraria rhopalophylla
Common name: Baby Toes
The window-leaf is a plant with only the tips of its leaves growing above ground in the wild. It has flowers that bloom in the Spring or Fall. It’s a favorite for indoor Succulent gardens.
Quick Look at Fenestraria rhopalophylla
- Full sun to partial shade
- Typical water needs for a succulent. See care information for additional seasonal needs.
- Plant grows up to 3″ (7.5 cm) tall
- Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
- Not cold hardy
- Propagation by offsets and seeds
- Can be toxic to animals
- Actively grows in Spring, Fall, and Winter
General Care for Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes”
There are windowed leaves similar to Lithops. The transparent area at the top of the plant has no green color.
Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes” needs to be watered frequently during its active growing period. The “soak and dry” method will allow the soil to dry out completely between watering.
The baby toes are not active in the heat of the summer. It’s important not to water during this time, as it could cause root rot.
Where to Plant
If you live in a zone that gets colder than 30 F, it’s best to plant Fenestraria in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in both full and partial sun.
You can plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, place a room that gets a lot of sunlight near a southern-facing window.
How to Propagate Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes”
It is recommended to use offsets as your main source of propagation for Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes”. Fenestraria seeds grow very slowly.
The main plant will produce offsets which can be divided from them. Pull up the small starts from the base of the plant if you want to cut offets from the main plant. Allow the offsets to dry before replanting.
To grow baby toes, sow in a well-draining soil in the fall. If you live in a zone above 10a you can grow seeds outdoors. If you live in a cooler area, you can sow indoors under a grow light.