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Aptenia

Aptenia


Aptenia is a small genus of flowering plants in the family Aizoaceae, native to southern Africa. The genus name is from the Greek "a" meaning "not" and "ptenos" meaning "winged", and refers to the wingless fruit capsules.

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How to Care for Red Apple Aptenia

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A spreading plant with long, trailing stems, "Red Apple" aptenia (Aptenia Cordifolia "Red Apple") is a charmer with bright green leaves and small, purplish-red flowers that appear in the spring and summer. This succulent plant, also known as baby sun rose or dew plant, is suitable for difficult slopes, rock gardens or containers, which help reign in its invasive qualities. "Red Apple" aptenia, which attracts butterflies and honeybees to the garden, is appropriate for growing in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8a through 11b.

Water "Red Apple" aptenia only when the soil is completely dry, and then provide enough to drench the soil to a depth of about 6 inches. To check for dryness, poke your finger into the soil. Never water if the soil feels damp or cool, as aptenia, like all succulents, is prone to rot in soggy, waterlogged soil.

Water aptenia lightly during the winter if the leaves begin to look shriveled. Provide only enough water to moisten the soil as the plant deteriorates quickly in cool, damp soil.

Withhold fertilizer, which isn't needed and often results in a weak, floppy plant.

Trim the plant as needed throughout the growing season, using pruners or garden shears to keep the plant tidy.

Pot the plant and bring it indoors for the winter when nighttime temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.


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