Ledebouria is an unusual houseplant more commonly collected by succulent lovers who are attracted to its patterned leaves.
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Below is a general care guide for Ledebourias which can slightly differ depending on variety.
Light & Temperature
Sufficient sunlight is vital for a Ledebouria’s growth. Most species require 3-6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Place your Ledebouria where it can receive plenty of sunlight, like a south or east-facing window. It can start to lose its spotty patterns, stretch out or cease to bloom if there is insufficient light.
Ledebouria generally prefer warmer environments, but can do well under typical household temperatures. They can also do well outdoors. Be sure to place them where there are cold drafts.
Watering, Humidity & Misting
Ledebouria are drought tolerant so it does not require frequent watering. The general rule of thumb is to allow their soil to completely dry out between waterings, watering about once in two weeks is a good gauge. Always err on the side of underwatering if ever there is doubt.
Soil and Repotting
Use a potting mix that has efficient drainage, but is able to still retain some moisture.
Repotting requirements depend on the growth of your Ledebouria. They are typically slow growers so typically they only require to be repotted every 2-3 years when they outgrow the pot.
Propagating a ledebouria is very simple. As the plant grows, it will increase in number of bulbs until the pot is overcrowded. Simply separate some bulbs into a different pot to propagate the plant. Be sure to gently break apart the bulbs.
This plant is a light feeder and will do well with occasional feeding. Use a balanced fertiliser formulated for houseplants. Follow directions on the label of plant food.
Ledebouria are toxic if ingested and should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
Under the right care and conditions, your plant will grow happy and healthy. But here are some issues you may encounter while caring for a Ledebouria:
Spider mites, aphids, mealybugs and ants - When spotted, reat with insecticidal soap spray or neem oil.
Brown spots on leaves - This is a sign of sunburn, move your ledebouria to an area with bright indirect light.
Limp leaves - A sign of overwatering. Check the soil and roots for signs of root rot. Adjust your watering schedule to allow the soil to dry out completely.