Adromischus appeal to me because of their nice leaf shape and leaf structure and they remain small. They are easy to propagate from a single leaf. On the other hand, the famous Belgian winter, with its wet, misty weather can make you lose a plant faster than you can say 'Adromischus' backwards.

How I grow them
Also check out the adro-corner in my greenhouse
Adromischus links

bizarre shapesA. marianiae var. herrei with a very rough surface
pride of the collection A. schuldtianus
crispy detailA. marianiae var. herrei cr1253
wonderful coloursA. filicaulis fragilis
kidney shapesA. montium klinghartense dt3667
wine-red spotsA. trigynum var. immaculata
here are a lot more adro's:
A. alstonii, Hells kloof
A. clavifolius
A. clavifolius frm. poelnitzianus
A. cristatus, Gamtoos ferry
A. cristatus, Ecca pass
A. spec. dt3660
A. fallax
A. filicaulis
A. filicaulis
A. haemisphaericus
A. leucophyllus
A. maculatus
A. mammilaris
A. mammilaris
A. marianiae var. antidorcatum
A. marianiae var. blosianus
A. marianiae var. immaculata
A. marianiae var. kubusensis
A. maximus
A. montium klinghartense
A. montium klinghartense
A. roaneanus
A. schuldtianus
A. subviridis
A. trigynum
A. umbracticola
A. spec
A. spec
A. alstonii? (Klinghardt mnts)
cv. 'white ghost'
How I grow them

Keep in mind the Belgian murky winter!
My Adromischus, I:

  • give them full sunshine
  • warm very little in winter, temperature is kept to a min. of 5C
  • repot only every 3 years. I don't like to disturb them too much, but if you repot in spring they re-establish very quickly.
  • use a 50% sandy mix, with plenty stones
  • keep most plants in small square pots but some in small hanging baskets, they are less prone to fungus (but not immune)
  • water frequently in spring with some added manure, water sparelingly in summer, nothing in winter, a little more in autumn but very carefull from oktober on.
  • spray them with a fungicide every winter
Problems
  • Botridium:
    this fungus can destroy a plant in a couple of days, so constant ventilation and a fungicide is a must in my greenhouse. Keep a fan on at all times in winter and check your plants every few days for fungus.
    The most dangerous time is early winter, when they are forced to rest. Spring is less dangerous because they actively grow at that time.
  • especially the marianiae varieties are sensitive to fungus
  • They may suffer a bit from root mealy bugs, check the underside of your pots. Repot if necessary
Propagation
  • Easy!
    for most species, with the exception of A. fallax, phillipsiae and A. maximus. Just lay a broken-off leaf on the surface of some course sand in the shade and wait a couple of months. There is no need to water or do anything else. The leaf will root and establish a small new plant. Water sparingly. When it has 3-4 leaves, you can transplant it.
  • I have never seen any seedsetting
  • Species like fallax, phillipsiae and A. maximus require a stem cutting. Maximus can take a long time, if at all.
  • some species like alstonii and maximus are very slow growers. It takes years and years before you have a 'presentable' plant.
Adromischus links

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