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Saturday, March 27, 2021

How to Grow and Care for Tylecodon Kritzingeri (Hook Butterbush)?

 Tylecodon Kritzingeri


Tylecodon kritzingeri is a succulent that belongs to the Crassulaceae family. It is commonly known as Hook Butter bush. It is native to South Africa (Northern Cape), where it grows wild inside bushes on steep slopes. Hook Butterbush has a slender, spreading, and sparingly branched stem that can attain a height of 3.3 feet from a tuberous base. Leaves are smooth, green often curled towards the tips to help the succulent in climbing. It produces tubular, pale green flowers with a reddish upper face.


Tylecodon kritzingeri


How to Grow and Care for Tylecodon Kritzingeri (Hook Butterbush)?

Keeping reading to learn useful tips for growing healthy Hook Butterbush plants.


Light requirements

The succulent grows very well in partial shade, but it can also tolerate bright sunlight exposure without any damage. Grow your outdoor succulents at a location where they get partial sunlight.


Watering

Hook Butterbush needs moderate watering. It needs more water during the spring and summer seasons while less sparingly during winter. Give your succulents a drink full of water and then let the soil dry out completely before applying the next water.


Temperature

The succulent is quite tolerant to frost and high temperatures. It can tolerate temperatures as low as 30-to-50-degree Fahrenheit.


USDA hardiness zone

The succulent is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.


Potting Soil

Hook Butterbush grows best in well-draining potting soil. You can use a standard succulent soil mix or cactus mix. A poorly draining soil mix can cause root rot and decay. It is also recommended to use pots with proper drainage holes to let the excess water drain. Generally, clay pots work very well for growing succulents.


Fertilization

All succulents get plenty of nutrients from the potting soil and do not require additional nutrients. However, they can get benefit from an extra dose of nutrients. You can fertilize Hook Butterbush with a liquid balanced fertilizer to promote healthier growth and more blooming.


Propagation

Hook Butterbush can be propagated by using seeds and cuttings. It can be propagated from seeds in the fall and winter. To propagate from cuttings, take cuttings from healthy damage-free plants using a clean scissor. Place the cuttings at a warm dry location to develop callous over the cut ends.

Place the cuttings on the surface of a standard succulent soil mix and keep misting regularly for the first few days. Do not expose your cutting to direct sunlight. Once the cuttings become established in the soil gradually expose them to bright sunlight.


Repotting

Hook Butterbush does not need frequent repotting. You can repot your succulents when the containers in which they are growing are too small or shallow. Generally, succulent can be repotted every 2 to 3 years to replace the old potting medium with a fresh and fertile soil medium.


Toxicity or poisoning

Being poisonous Hook Butterbush is not recommended for animal predation. It should be kept away from children, pets, and livestock.

 

I hope this care guide will help you to grow healthy Hook Butterbush plants. For more queries related to your favorite plants feel free to write to us.

Have a great time planting!

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