The first thing that might probably come into your mind when you hear “baby toes” is that they’re cute. Who could resist those adorable tiny creatures that own them anyway, right? However, the Fenestraria Baby Toes (Fenestraria rhopalophylla) succulent plant is not as charming as it sounds. Its leaves may look like a cross between tiny fingers and fungi, but if you want an exotic addition to your garden, you should consider including this in your collection.
The Fenestraria Baby Toes belongs to the Lithops family of succulents that are often called “living stones”. Each finger-like leaves can only grow up to 1.6 inches vertically with proper care, but its cluster can spread out so fast that it can reach up to 3 inches in diameter upon maturity.
During the fall, the plant may produce one or more flowers that resemble daisies. The colors of the flowers vary in hues but they commonly come in white and yellow.
The good news is that the Fenestraria Baby Toes only costs somewhere between $5 and $12 online depending on its size and variant. This makes it a nice plant to start with if you are new to the succulent bandwagon.
The succulent plant is easy to propagate if you are looking to pepper your garden with it. All you have to do is follow these simple tips:
The succulent plant is native to South Africa so it is accustomed to subtropical desert conditions. The ideal temperature for it is at least 65 F, so keep it in a place that gets plenty of sunlight during the day.
Due to its origins and the ability of its leaves to store moisture, the Baby Toes only need a little water to survive. The best indicators if the plant already needs watering are if its soil completely feels dry to the touch or the tips of its leaves are starting to shrivel. On the other hand, you will know that you have gone overboard if its leaves are already soggy.
Every November to February, the succulent enters a dormant state. Stop watering it at this period.
You can use any type of succulent pot for this plant. Just make sure that it has tiny holes at the bottom that are enough to drain excess water. This is to prevent water stagnation at its bottom, which may result in mushy leaves and rotting.
Choose only a well-draining garden soil for the plant. This will help promote proper air circulation in its roots, and it will let water flow freely from the leaves to the roots.
5. Pest Prevention
The Baby Toes is resistant to most pests or diseases that usually plague plants. If you find some infestation on it, just follow the mealybug removal tips shown here.
This succulent does not really need fertilizer to grow. If you want to accelerate its growth and give it more nutrients though, a small dose of cacti or succulent fertilizer on it will do during its most active stage.
The Fenestraria Baby Toes can be propagated using its seeds and offsets. However, it might take more work and a longer time for the seeds to sprout. It is highly recommended that you use the offsets instead.
All you need to do is cut the lateral stem that connects the mother plant and the offset. After that, just replant the offset in a separate pot. Be sure to follow the watering procedure discussed earlier to keep the plant healthy all the time.