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Fenestraria rhopalophylla

Baby Toes

This “window-leaf” succulent grows tubes instead of rosettes, with only the tips of its leaves growing above ground in the wild. It has white or yellowy flowers that bloom in the Spring or Fall. “Baby Toes” is a favorite for indoor succulent gardens.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent. See care information for additional seasonal needs.

  • Plant grows up to 3″ (7.5 cm) tall

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by offsets and seeds

  • Can be toxic to animals

  • Actively grows in Spring, Fall, and Winter

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes”

“Baby Toes” has windowed leaves, similar to Lithops. The transparent area at the top of the plant has no green pigment, allowing light to pass through.

Watering

Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes” has typical watering needs for a succulent during its active growing period. It's best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between watering.

“Baby Toes” is dormant in the heat of the summer. It's important not to water during this time, as doing so could cause root rot.

Where to Plant

Fenestraria is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it's best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.

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 Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes”

Although Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes” can be propagated from seed and offsets, it's recommended to use offsets as your main source. Seeds from Fenestraria do not reliably germinate, and grow very slowly.

Offsets

Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes” will produce offsets which can be divided from the main plant. Simply cut offets from the main plant with a sterile knife, or pull up the small starts from the base of the plant. Allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before replanting.

Seed

To grow “Baby Toes”from seed, sow in a well-draining soil in the fall. You can grow seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 10a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light.