If you’re planning an indoor garden that will catch an eye, you can’t miss having Fenestraria in it. Also known as Baby Toes, this unusual succulent origin from South Africa and Namibia. This succulent is great to grow as a small ornamental plant due to its extraordinary look.
These small plants originally grow in mats or clumps in sandy soil. They have flat-topped and windowed leaves. The roots are thick and fleshy, thanks to the need to grow in sand. Those windows on the top of the leaves that form a transparent area are the reason this succulent got its name (Latin: fenestra). The most popular species in this genus is F. rhopalophylla.
Fenestraria is a tiny succulent, so its a good choice for those cute little pots. They can be grown alone or in the arrangement. This succulent produce a white and yellow flower in the winter.
Grow and Care Tips
Fenestraria loves sandy soil and sparingly watering. In another way, you can easily cause root to rot or those adorable leaves to split. Because of their origin, this succulent needs to stay almost dry in the summer. For the right soil mix, you should consider mixing your soil mix with some perlite or pumice. You should make sure that the soil is completely dry before water your plant again.
When it comes to light, it depends on where you’re growing this succulent. Outdoors, you can place it somewhere with full to part sun. When indoors, Fenestraria prefers bright, but indirect sunlight. As far as temperature condition goes, this plant can handle some frost, but you should avoid exposing it to freezing temperatures for too long, to prevent scarring.
Fenestraria can be propagated from seeds and from cuttings. Like almost any succulent, it produces offsets as a cluster of leaves when mature and ready to spread. Then you can easily divide them fro the main clump and they will produce another plant. The fastest way to get yourself a new Fenestraria is to divide off the side growth. If you propagate from the seeds, you should know that a new plant grows very slowly.
One more great thing about this succulent is that it’s almost completely resistant to any pests. You should just take care that Fenestraria has good drainage because its roots are sensitive to rot.