Trachyandra plants are a genus of plants, most of which are native to South Africa. There are several species of plants under this category and newer species are still being identified. Most trachyandra plants are small in stature with succulent leaves.
Trachyandra plants are rare outside of Africa, but if you are lucky enough to find one, it will soon become a prized possession of yours. They are decorative plants with unique characteristics, such as their flowers that only bloom for a day. Trachyandra plants are simple to take care of as long as you know their requirements.
Trachyandra plants are used to desert-like conditions where the soil does not have a lot of moisture. Like most succulents, trachyandra plants will struggle to grow in moisture. Hence, they must be potted in well-drained soil when they are taken out of their natural habitat.
Their leaves are designed to store the water for long periods of time but too much moisture in the soil will cause rotting and render their roots unable to absorb moisture.
Besides the soil you use, it is also essential to choose the right kind of pot for the trachyandra plant. A large pot made of a quick-drying material with drainage holes for excess moisture is the most suitable kind of pot for a trachyandra plant.
Water and Nutrients
Trachyandra plants do not need to be watered more than once every few weeks. It is important not to water your trachyandra plant as you would water your other plants and to have a different schedule for your trachyandra plant.
You can gauge whether your trachyandra plant needs water in two ways. Firstly, you can check the leaves to see whether they have enough water or are drying up. The succulent leaves of the trachyandra plant should have moisture inside of them.
The other method is to check whether the soil is moist and water the plant only if the soil has become dry. You can simply put your finger in the soil to see if it has any moisture.
When watering your trachyandra plant, make sure not to put any water on the leaves as that might cause rotting. Instead, water the soil directly and allow all the water to drain until the soil is moist.
Although trachyandra plants can thrive in low-nutrient environments, adding fertilizers sparingly to the soil once or twice a year will ensure that your trachyandra plant is healthy and blooming. However, make sure to do the research to pick the right kind of fertilizer for the plant.
Sunlight and Ventilation
Trachyandra plants, like most succulents, need exposure to sunlight but might wilt if exposed to too much sunlight. Direct or harsh sunlight might often be too much for the leaves of the plant.
Hence, it is often helpful to ease the plant into sunlight by putting it under indirect sunlight and then gradually transitioning into more direct sunlight. Usually, a trachyandra plant grows well with three hours of exposure to direct sunlight but this may vary with the climate you are in.
A trachyandra plant’s biggest enemy is too much moisture. Hence it is crucial to keep the plant in a well-ventilated area to make sure the plant remains dry. The area next to a window is often the most suitable spot to keep your trachyandra plant in most climates.
Trachyandra plants go dormant for about a month during the summer. During this time, though the plant may look dry, it is essential not to over-water the plant and ensure that the plant is drained well. During this time, the plant needs minimal watering and a lot of ventilation.
During winter, the trachyandra plant goes into active growth and blooms. The trachyandra plant needs to be watered once every few weeks whenever the soil has been drained. In the winters, you will finally be able to see your trachyandra plant’s lovely and fleeting flowers!
Dust and Pests
Because of the nature of the leaves of trachyandra plants, a lot of dust may often collect on the leaves. Dust can be very harmful to the plant as it may clog up the pores necessary for transpiration.
Hence, it is essential to clean the leaves of your trachyandra plant gently. You can do this with a small moistened brush but make sure that too much moisture does not remain on the leaves as that may cause rotting.
Some tiny pests may hide in parts of your trachyandra plant due to its shape and structure. They are attracted to the leaves of succulents because of the moisture in them. Pests also thrive in moist and fertilized soil.
Hence, to avoid pests, make sure to keep the soil drained and use fertilizers very sparingly. You can spray the leaves of the plant with insecticide to stop the growth of pest larvae.
Summing Up on Trachyandra Plants
Trachyandra plants, though rare, can be a precious indoor plant with their decorative leaves and flowers and extremely long lifespan. Trachyandra plants are extremely simple to take care of once you understand their needs.