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Adromischus maculatus

Chocolate Drop

This grey-green succulent has flat oval leaves with purple spots. It is a great succulent for beginners and does well indoors with bright light. Watch for white, tube-shaped flowers in the summer, although it rarely blooms indoors.

Quick Look:

  • Bright indoor light

  • Typical water needs for a succulent. Sensitive to over-watering.

  • Plant grows up to 8″ (20 cm) tall
    Plant grows up to 8″ (20 cm) wide

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by leaves

  • Can be toxic to humans and animals

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Adromischus maculatus ‘Calico Hearts'

‘Calico Hearts' is a perfect succulent for beginning growers. It does well in bright indoor light. When planted outdoors, it forms small clusters. It does well in rock gardens.

Watering

Adromischus maculatus ‘Calico Hearts' is sensitive to over-watering. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

‘Calico Hearts' is not cold-hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets a lot of sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere).

How to Propagate Adromischus maculatus ‘Calico Hearts'

Propagating ‘Calico Hearts' is easy! Simply choose a firm, healthy leaf. Remove it from the main plant by gently twisting the leaf from the stem. Be sure not to leave any of the leaf on the stem (if you take a bit of the stem with the leaf, that’s fine, too!).

Allow the leaf to callous over for several days, and then lay on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried completely. After roots and a rosette have appeared, and the mother leaf has withered away, plant the new growth.