I’ve wanted to have you in my home for aaages, so I’m so excited to have you sit beside me while I type this! Will we be friends4ever?
Buddies! Sitting at the table! One is a plant, doesn’t matter at all, oh yeah!
- Binomial name: Curio × peregrinus (assuming it is a cross of two other succulents); AKA Senecio hippogriff, Senecio peregrinus (assuming it is a naturally-occurring specimen, the second name of which was given to an earlier-discovered, maybe different, plant)
- Given name: Uhanala
- Native to: a basic internet search is unclear on this. A hybrid from Japan! A hybrid popularized in Japan! A plant native to Africa or South America!
- Bought: June 16, 2021 at Terra Plants & Flowers
- Grown in: Canada
- Original pot (current): 4 inch, plastic
Field notes–June 17, 2021
- Soil: slightly moist
- Longest strand: 20 cm
- New growth: A dolphin leaf sitting on the soil has rooted (before I bought it). I didn’t realize that leaves alone could be used to propagate.
- Signs of pests: one fungus gnat (squished); grey-transparent larvae 1.5 mm long (probably a fungus gnat larva); itty bitty helpful soil mite
- Signs of care issues: 1.5 cm black at the base of one stem. Pulled plant out to look at roots; no discoloration below surface. Snipped affected stem below the soil, where it branched from a healthy stem.
- Propagation: Found a stem with poor attachment on main plant (maybe damaged when I removed it from the pot), snipped it off and removed lower leaves, placed 1-inch of stem straight into cactus soil in a very tiny pot. On blackened stem, removed black part and lower leaves. Letting it sit in air to callous for 2 days before adding to same pot to compare effectiveness. Added some of the snipped leaves to the pot to see if they’ll also root.
- Light: bright, indirect; morning sun, then shade; have light hit the soil but <2 hours
- Humidity: minimum to average
- Temperature: 15 to 26 degrees Celsius, as low as 4 degrees in winter; drafts are mildly acceptable
- Preference: dry out soil between watering (check if pot is very light) or at least the top 5 cm are dry; don’t get water on leaves. Use bottom-up method.
Soil, fertilization, and pots
- Soil type: cactus and succulent mix
- Fertilization: at most, once or twice a year at beginning of spring and when they bloom; cactus or half-strength diluted houseplant fertilizer. Avoid over-fertilizing as this results in loss of the dolphin shape.
- Repotting: every 2 to 3 years especially to refresh soil mix; keep slightly root-bound and crowded; increase by one size. Plastic or terracotta pots.
- Grow style: in ideal conditions, fast-growing; up to 50 cm per year
- Mature size: 30 to 100 cm long stems
- Common problems:
Aphids, mealybugs (signs: cottony growth), scale, spider mites (signs: webs under leaves)
Too much light (signs: pale green, yellow, or scorched leaves)
Too little light (signs: leggy and sparse)
Overwatered (signs: squishy, yellow, brown, or transparent leaves; flattened leaves; can lead to root rot or fungal disease)
Underwatered (signs: dull, deflated, dry leaves; shriveled plant)
Too much humidity (signs: leaves dropping)
- Propagation: Snip a 7.5 to 15 cm healthy stem with at least 2 to 3 nodes, remove bottom leaves from bottom nodes.
Option 1: let dry for one to two days. After calloused, stick 5 cm into cactus mix and water deeply OR lay stem on top of soil; place in partial shade and introduce more sunlight over two weeks. Water again when top of soil is dry, then again in 2 to 3 weeks.
Option 2: Place in water; roots develop in 2 weeks. Plant into cactus mix when roots develop.