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Orostachys iwarenge Chinese Dunce Cap succulent care and propagation information card

Orostachys iwarenge

Chinese Dunce Cap

This small lavender succulent has cone-shaped rosettes. It is monocarpic, but produces offsets on long stems that shoot out from the main rosette, allowing for easy propagation. When grown outside, you’ll notice that it will go dormant and appear dead in the winter months, but it will grow back in the spring.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun

  • Not suited to indoor growing

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 8″ (20 cm) tall

    Plant grows up to 3″ (7.6 cm) wide

  • Zone 6a (Minimum -10° F | -23.3° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by offsets and seeds

  • Generally non-toxic

  • Actively grows in Spring and Fall

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Orostachys iwarenge “Chinese Dunce Cap”

Orostachys iwarenge “Chinese Dunce Cap” adds excellent ground cover to succulent gardens. If grown in container gardens, its offsets trail down. “Chinese Dunce Cap” grows in mats, but then as it matures, the rosettes grow taller into a fuller cone shape.

Watering

Orostachys iwarenge “Chinese Dunce Cap” has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. It does not do well in high humidity.

Where to Plant

“Chinese Dunce Cap” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than -10° F (-23.3° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors and placed under a grow light.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Pairs Well With

Corpuscularia lehmannii “Ice Plant”

How to Propagate Orostachys iwarenge “Chinese Dunce Cap”

Orostachys iwarenge “Chinese Dunce Cap” is a prolific propagator. It can be easily propagated from offsets or seeds.

Offsets

“Chinese Dunce Cap” will produce small plantlets on long, thin stems. Remove the offsets with a sharp, sterile knife or scissors. Allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before laying on well-draining soil.

Seeds

After several years of growing, “Chinese Dunce Cap” will produce small yellow flowers. After blooming, the seeds can be collected and sown in a well-draining soil. You can grow Orostachys seeds outdoors if you live in an zone above 9a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light or on a seed mat.

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