Pachyphytum: Tips for Care and Growth

Pachyphytum: Tips for Care and Growth

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Pachyphytum are a type of succulent that can be found in the Mexican deserts. The plant is characterized by its thick, fleshy leaves and stems. Pachyphytum are very popular house plants for their unique appearance and hard iness. They are a low maintenance plant that can be grown in pots or even on windowsills with indirect light. The name pachyphytum comes from the Greek word pachys which means thick, and phyton meaning to grow. In this guide we will discuss how to care for your pachyphytum properly and what to do if you are having trouble growing one.

Where to plant Pachyphytum

Pachyphytums can be grown outside or inside, whichever is most convenient for you. Make make sure that there is enough moisture around the plant at all times.

You can plant pachyphytum on the ground, in a pot, or on any other surface that is close to the right height. You will want to make sure it has fresh dirt and water at all times.

Pachyphytum can be grown from seeds if you like but they are also able to reproduce by themselves so there is no need for planting new ones every year.

Lights needed for pachyphytum

Pachyphytums require a little bit of indirect light to thrive. They don’t need much and will usually grow just fine with the natural sunlight that comes through your windows. They prefer to have a little bit of light each day but are also able to thrive with indirect sunlight from windowsills.

Soil needed for pachyphytum

Pachypyhtums require a well drained soil to grow. You should put your pot on an elevated surface with some rocks or pebbles under the bottoms of the pots feet if you want it to thrive outside. The plant will need more water than other succulents which can be due in part to its thick leaves.

Pachyphytums can be grown in any type of soil but beware that it should not be wet and damp, which will lead to root rot or other fungal problems.

If you are having trouble keeping your pachyphytum alive you might need a more well drained potting mix for the plant.

Watering pachyphytum

Pachyphytums are a succulent and so they require water to grow. It is important not to over-water the plant since this can lead to root rot or other fungal problems, but you also want it to have enough moisture around them at all times. You should make sure that there is enough water in the pot when you are watering it or you can pour water into the pot and let it soak for a while.

When growing pachyphytums outside, make sure that there is plenty of natural rain throughout the year to keep your plant alive. The best time to water your plant will depend on where you have planted them but generally speaking, in the winter they will require less water while in the summer it is important to make sure that there are frequent watering.

You should water them when the soil feels dry to touch. Pachyphytum should be watered every couple of days or when they feel a little bit dry to the touch.

They require more water than other succulents do, particularly in summer months and you will need to pay attention if you are growing them outside so that there is enough rain for them.


Pachyphytums may need to be fertilized if they are not growing properly. You should feed them every couple of weeks or so with a high nitrogen fertilizer and then water it in well after you have finished feeding the plant.

The best time for fertilizing pachyphytum depends on where you live. If you live in a colder climate, fertilize when the foliage is just starting to emerge in spring and before new growth begins. In warmer climates, it’s best to feed your plant with fertilizer twice per year or whenever you notice that they are not growing properly.

Pachyphytums are not as picky about what type of fertilizer you use just make sure it is a high nitrogen one. You could also fertilize your plant by using fish emulsion or other organic composts to feed the soil and plants.

Bugs protection for pachyphytum

Pachyphytums need protection from bugs, particularly if you live in a warmer climate. They can be sprayed with insect repellents or even get infested by aphids so make sure to keep an eye on them and protect the plant as much as possible.

Insects like ants will cause your plant to have a hard time growing so you should make sure that there is no food around the plant for these insects. You can also use insect repellent on your plants as well or any organic composts in order to get rid of bugs and keep them away from your succulent.

Insect infestations are more common with pachyphytums because of their thick leaves and succulent nature. You want to make sure that you are protecting your plant from bugs in the summer months especially as these insects will cause your plants not to thrive or grow properly if they are left unchecked for too long.

The best time for dealing with pests is when they first start getting into the plant and there are not many of them yet. If you notice that they have already infested your plant, it is best to use a pesticide in order to get rid of the bugs but make sure that you keep these chemicals away from any other plants or soil around the area.

There is always a chance for pests when growing pachyphytums so you need to know how to keep these insects away from your plants. One of the best ways is by making sure that they are sprayed with insect repellent or any organic composts in order to get rid of bugs and protect themselves as well.

Propagating pachyphytum

Pachyphytums are very easy to propagate from cuttings. If you want to grow more of them, just take a stem and make sure that it is not flowering or blooming at the time when you do this procedure so that there will be roots left on the cutting for new plants. The best way to do this is by taking the plant and cutting off a stem from it. You should make sure that you cut at least ΒΌ inch of healthy growth with one or two leaves on it and then just stick these in some potting mix for new plants. If your pachyphytum has been flowering, you can remove up to a foot from the stem and use this to grow new plants as well.


Pachyphytums need to be repotted every couple of years. You should start thinking about this in the early spring when you notice that they have outgrown their pot or container and are taking up a lot more space than before. If you can’t find any containers for your succulent, it is best just to use an old one and place it in a potting mix or any organic compost so that the roots can grow.

You need to make sure that you are using a container with good drainage because pachyphytums don’t like soggy soil and cannot be watered too much as well if they have been planted for a long time without being repotted.

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