If you love growing succulents, then this beautiful Sempervivum must be on your list! Have a look at How to Grow Laxmi Kamal in India.
Leatherpetal is an evergreen mat-forming succulent. It forms a rosette made up of ovate green leaves with a pointy pink tip. It looks great in rock gardens and containers with tiny pink flowers in summer! Let’s have a look at How to Grow Laxmi Kamal in India.
Botanical Name: Graptopetalum macdougallii
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How to Grow Laxmi Kamal
You can propagate Laxmi kamal from offsets and leaf-cuttings. Snip off a healthy, green leaf or cut the offshoot growing at the side of the mother plant. Let the cuttings dry for a couple of days so that they form a callus.
Fill half of the pot with a well-draining potting mix and place the cutting on it. Add more soil to secure the cutting. Mist it thoroughly and keep the container in the bright but indirect sunlight.
Note: It is always a good idea to get a plant from a local nursery.
Growing Requirement of Laxmi Kamal
Like most succulents, Laxmi kamal does best when nurtured with 3-5 hours of bright but indirect sunlight. The delicate leaves may burn if exposed to the hot afternoon Indian sun for a long duration.
Water the soil deeply only when the top 2-3 inches of the soil feel dry to touch. Make sure to never over water the Laxmi kamal plant, as it can lead to root rot that may cause the plant to die.
Any potting mix specially designed for cacti and succulents will do wonders for the plant. You can also use a mixture made from equal parts of soil, sand, and compost. Laxmi kamal requires a bit more nutrients than other succulents, so you can enrich the soil using peat.
We have a great article on making succulent potting soil here
The plant thrives well in the tropical climate of India and can adapt to a wide range of temperatures, though it grows best in the range of 15-35 °C.
Laxmi Kamal Care
You can feed the plant during early spring with a balanced fertilizer, diluted to half its strength. Apply it during the early morning and always water the soil before application.
Pests and Diseases
The plant may be prone to fungal diseases and root rot. As a precautionary measure, avoid overwatering the plant and let the top 2-3 inches of the soil dry before re-watering. If the rotting is too much, remove it from the pot, let the roots dry in the air for 1-3 days and then re-pot it again using a fresh potting mix.