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Trachyandra Tortilis: A Step by Step Care Guide

Trachyandra Tortilis, also known as the ribbon plant is a rare species of succulents that comes with unique attributes such as curling steams and leaves. Belonging to the Asphodelaceae succulent family, Trachyandra Tortilis are unique and uncommon in the succulent world.

This variety of succulents is hard to find in stores, let alone at home gardens. If you’re planning to grow Trachyandra Tortilis, then you’re in for a real treat. With a longer life span compared to other succulents and its exceptional coiled and spiraled stems, this succulent can make a stunning display plant for your indoor area.

This unique succulent finds its origin in South Africa and Madagascar and can be grown from seeds. Trachyandra Tortilis can be grown like any other type of succulents; with indirect sun, low water content, sufficient fertilizers and propagation methods. You can follow the below -planting steps and care guide for a successful and healthy growth.


Features of Trachyandra Tortilis:

Following are a few features that can be found in Trachyandra Tortilis making them one of the rarest succulent species.

·      Common name:

Aptly named the ribbon plant as the common name for Trachyandra Tortilis, it features coiled and spiraled stems and leaves.

·      Size:

This species of succulents grow up to 25 cm in height with its curling stems and unique growth. The leather-like leaves of Trachyandra Tortilis can grow up to 10 cm in length.

·      Habitat:

Trachyandra Tortilis grows well in sandy or rocky soils found near riverbeds or granulated soil patches. They prefer porous soil with indirect sun.

Stores water:

This unique succulent can store water in its thick curling stems and leaves. Being a natural drought-resistant plant, it can retain water during harsh weather conditions.

·      Flower blooms:

This unique succulent blooms white to grey flowers in winter and early spring. Though these flowers are spectacular to witness when they boom, they barely last a day before withering away.


How to grow Trachyandra Tortilis

Trachyandra Tortilis can be grown into healthy succulents by following just a few steps:

·      If you’re growing Trachyandra Tortilis through seeds, then you can place them in trays or containers indoors for germination.

·      After a few weeks, once the seeds sprout, you can mist the seedlings depending on the soil’s dryness.

·      You can move them under indirect sunlight or use artificial grow lights in winters for the healthy growth of young seedlings.

·      Once the seedlings have grown into a certain size, you can transplant them into indoor pots or containers for further growth.

·      If you’re purchasing mature Trachyandra Tortilis from garden stores, you can directly transplant the succulent into indoor pots or containers. Trachyandra Tortilis grow best in indoor areas with partial sunlight.



Trachyandra Tortilis Care Guide:

Here are some care tips for Trachyandra Tortilis you can follow to grow vibrant and healthy succulents:

·      Soil:

Trachyandra Tortilis species of succulents prefer well-draining nutrient-rich soil. They grow best in succulent potting soilmixes like coarse sand, coco peat, pumice, or perlite. You can also use soil with strong acidic ph content. Use peat moss to regulate the acidic value in the soil used for Trachyandra Tortilis.

·      Temperature:

Temperatures can be maintained between 41-59 degrees for Trachyandra Tortilis succulent growth. They also thrive well in low humidity conditions and are sensitive to cold temperatures where succulent stays dormant during winters.

·      Light:

They require plenty of sunlight for vibrant and healthy growth. You can move the succulent towards a south- facing window for receiving optimum sun exposure. Place them under indirect light to avoid leaf burns and scorching.

During winters or cold climatic conditions, you can use artificial grow lights to keep them from wilting.

·      Water:

You can water Trachyandra Tortilis once a week or when the soil becomes dry. This can help avoid overwatering which can lead to root rot. They are drought resistant succulents that can withstand harsh climatic conditions by storing water in their stems and leaves.

·      Fertilizers:

Trachyandra Tortilis succulent needs low requirement of fertilizers. You can use any balanced fertilizers or liquid concoctions once every few months to aid in its growth and development.

·      Propagation:

Like most of the other species of succulents, Trachyandra Tortilis can also be easily propagated through stem and leaf cuttings or by Trachyandra Tortilis seeds. For proper maintenance, you can prune the succulent at its root for renewed growth.

·      Pest and disease control:

With its leather-like leaves and curling stems, Trachyandra Tortilis can get infected by certain pests like mealy bugs. They can latch onto the smooth surface of the leaves and can damage the whole succulent. For this, you can use organic liquid insecticides or thoroughly wipe the succulent with a wet cloth.

This succulent can also be prone to diseases like root rot due to overwatering or waterlogging. You can make sure the pots or container has drainage holes and water only once a week or when the soil becomes dry.

Where to buy Trachyandra Tortilis

Some of the best places to buy Trachyandra Tortilis plant or Trachyandra Tortilis seeds are the garden stores or online platforms that sell rare and exotic succulents. You can either buy them as seeds, Trachyandra bulbs or mature plants.

Being a rare variety, having this in your succulent collection can bring the wow factor into your indoor space and leave the beholder feeling awestruck by its mesmerizing coiled growth. 


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