Imagine the look of a succulent with a pretty daisy-like flower. That is exactly what you get with ice plants. They are easy to grow and bloom freely. Just what my garden needs.
About Ice Plants
Ice plants are a genus of succulents that originate from southern Africa. There are over 150 varieties with some that are more bush-like and others that are low-growing spreaders. On average, they grow about 3 to 6 inches tall and up to 4 feet wide. They look great in hanging baskets which is what I have mine in.
They get their name because of the way the flowers shimmer in the sun as if they were covered in ice crystals. That is very cool. The flowers come in a variety of bright colors including yellow, orange, purple, pink, white and red. I have not seen most of those colors in my area. Usually, I see the purple color which is what I have. I think red would be beautiful.
Ice plants are hardy in zones 5-9. Some species can handle a light frost, but prolonged exposure to cold and damp conditions will cause them to rot. All of the varieties bloom best in full sun. Depending on the variety they will bloom from spring throughout the summer which adds a great pop of color to your garden during the hottest months. In warmer climates, they may also bloom during the fall. That is an impressive display of flowers. It is November in Georgia and mine is blooming and happy.
Established plants are drought tolerant, but they do love regular watering during the hottest parts of summer. I water mine occasionally in the summer and they have done fine in their planter. I did hang them from the butterfly bush so they get a little protection from the brutal sun we have here in Georgia. They seem to like this arrangement and bloom regularly.
Fun addition to my garden
I was given this plant and am so glad I added it to my garden. It was not a plant that I had experience with, so it was nice learning about it. I love the unique petals and the vivid color it adds. They are very easy to grow and are able to handle the Georgia sun which adds to their appeal.
If you have wanted to grow a succulent in your garden, the ice flower would be a great start. They have the unique leaves of a succulent coupled with dainty flowers and are hardy even in summer heat. I did not baby them at all. I just gave them water when the heat got intense and that is about it. If you want to give them some time release fertilizer, that may help them bloom more frequently. I will experiment more with that.
I really enjoy my new flower discovery. My summer garden is always in need of unique colors and textures and the ice plant delivered. I would recommend this plant if you are looking for an easy to grow, colorful, fun addition to your spring and summer garden.
Average Cost of Ice plants:
$6 for a quart pot
Where to buy:
Walmart, Home Depot, Pike or local nurseries. You can also buy online from various sites including Amazon.
They can be grown from seeds or cuttings. Cuttings are the easiest method. Cut while the plant is actively growing in summer up to fall. The shoots should be about 3-6 inches long with all the leaves removed except the top ones. Let them dry overnight then plant in containers with moist sandy soil. This will save you money on the purchase of new plants and ensure your garden is full of vibrant color.
Flowers don’t worry about how they are going to bloom.
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