Ceraria namaquensis: Care and Propagation Guide

Ceraria namaquensis is a succulent native to the Namaqualand region of South Africa. It is a low, bushy shrub with thick, fleshy, gray-green leaves and small white flowers. The plant has an erect, columnar growth form and can reach a height of up to 1 foot. Its leaves are curved and grow in pairs, giving the plant a star-like appearance.

The plant is drought-tolerant and can survive in a variety of temperatures. It has a long flowering period, blooming from late spring to early summer. The plant is able to withstand moderate frost, but should be protected from extremely cold temperatures.

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How To Care For Ceraria namaquensis

Caring for this succulent is not difficult, but there are some important steps to follow to ensure the plant stays healthy and vibrant. This guide will provide you with information on how to properly care for your Ceraria namaquensis.


Ceraria namaquensis is tolerant of a wide range of light conditions, but for optimal growth, it should be grown in a location with bright, indirect light.

It does not tolerate full sun, as the intense heat and direct sunlight may damage the succulent’s leaves. It also does not tolerate shade and will not grow well in shady areas. To ensure the best growth and coloration, Ceraria namaquensis should be grown in an area with bright, indirect light and plenty of airflow.


Ceraria namaquensis is a drought-tolerant species and can survive with minimal water. It prefers dry, rocky soils with good drainage and can tolerate periods of drought. In its natural environment, it usually receives no more than 15 cm of rain per year.

The plant can survive with little water, but it will thrive with regular watering. Watering should be done in the morning and should be done deeply and thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.

During the summer months, watering should be done more frequently, while in the winter months, the plant should be allowed to dry out even more. Too much water can cause the plant to rot, so it is important to avoid overwatering.


Ceraria namaquensis is a succulent that requires well-drained, sandy or gravelly soils. The soil should also be slightly acidic, with a pH of about 6.5. The soil should have some organic matter mixed in, such as peat moss, which will help retain moisture and provide nutrients.

The soil should also be kept slightly moist, but not wet. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other problems. Additionally, the soil should be rich in minerals and nutrients, as this plant is known to be a heavy feeder.

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Fertilizing requirements of Ceraria namaquensis depend on the soil type. In sandy or well-draining soils, it is best to apply a balanced fertilizer in the spring. If the soil is heavy or clay-based, a slow-release fertilizer should be used in the spring and again in mid-summer.

When applying fertilizer, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s directions. Too much fertilizer can burn the leaves and cause damage to the plant.

Temperature and Humidity

Ceraria namaquensis is tolerant of a wide range of temperatures, however, it prefers temperatures between 50-77°F (10-25°C).

It is also relatively tolerant of humidity, but it prefers lower humidities and can become weakened in high humidities. It will tolerate short periods of high humidity, but it is best to keep humidity low, especially during the summer months.

Pests and Diseases

Ceraria namaquensis is prone to attack by a range of pests, including aphids, mealybugs and thrips. These insects feed on the plant’s leaves and stems, causing damage and reducing its vigor.

Ceraria namaquensis is also susceptible to a number of fungal diseases, including powdery mildew and root rot. Regular monitoring for symptoms of these diseases is important for preventing their spread. The plant is also susceptible to attack by certain viruses, including the potato virus Y.


Ceraria namaquensis is a low-growing, succulent shrub. Pruning is essential to maintain the shape and health of this plant. Pruning should be done once a year in early spring, before the plant begins to grow new foliage. This will help keep the shape of the plant compact and neat.

Pruning should be done by trimming back any overgrown branches, removing any dead or damaged shoots, and thinning out the plant if it becomes overcrowded. It is also important to remove any dead or diseased leaves, as this can affect the overall health of the plant. Pruning should be done carefully, as Ceraria namaquensis is a slow-growing species and pruning too severely can damage the plant.

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Potting and Repotting

Ceraria namaquensis requires a pot with drainage holes and is to be watered only when the soil is dry. It should be repotted every two years, in spring or summer using a pot slightly larger than the previous one.

When repotting, use a mix of 50% coarse sand and 50% potting soil. Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently tease out the roots. Place the plant in its new pot and fill it with the soil mix. Water well and place in a bright location.

Propagating Ceraria namaquensis

Propagating Ceraria namaquensis can be done through either cuttings or seeds.

Propagation by cuttings

  1. Gently remove a portion of the plant from the parent plant.
  2. Place the cutting in a well-draining potting mix and keep it moist but not soggy.
  3. Place the pot in a warm, bright spot away from direct sunlight.
  4. Water the plant regularly and keep the potting mix damp.
  5. After a few weeks, the cutting should develop roots and become established.

Propagation by seeds

  1. Collect the seeds from the parent plant and plant them in a pot filled with a well-draining potting mix.
  2. Place the pot in a warm, bright spot away from direct sunlight.
  3. Water the pot regularly and keep the potting mix damp.
  4. Germination should take place within a few weeks.
  5. Once the seedlings are established, transplant them into individual pots.