Where does succulent come from?
Dudleya gnoma is endemic to Santa Rosa Island (near East Point), one of the Channel Islands of California, where it is known from one single population containing about 3200 plants.
What succulent looks like?
Dudleya gnoma is a rare species of succulent plant in the stonecrop family known by the common names ‘munchkin liveforever’ and ‘munchkin dudleya’. The plant was not described to science until 1997. Though rare in the wild, this dudleya is kept in cultivation by gardeners and enthusiasts of succulents. In gardens it has been known by the illegitimate name Dudleya greenei ‘White Sprite’ or Dudleya greenei forma nana nom.nud.
How to grow succulent?
Grow it as a house or conservatory plant in a porous mix, or as a garden perennial where winters are mild and summers dry. Dudleyas are hardy in USDA Zoned 9-12, the plant is highly heat and drought tolerant during the summer months and prefers moist cool winters. Powdery white leaves make these plants standouts, but avoid touching them as they are easily and permanently marked by finger marks. All of the plants in the Dudleya genus are known to live up to 100 years.
They do best in very well-drained, sandy or gravely soil. As an ornamental it is also grown in containers where it stays smaller than its outdoor brethren. In pots they need a very porous mix soil (e.g. 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part of pumice).
How to take care succulent?
Dudleyas has been found to be propagated through both seed and vegetative, although vegetative propagation by offsets in spring or early summer is not only more popular but it is much easier to do. Dudleya should be planted at an angle. This prevent s the buildup of water in the leaves, which may lead to the leaves rotting. The vegetative propagation process needs to be done with temperatures reaching 21 degrees C. One thing to remember when rooting cuttings, overhead watering is not good for it, apply only to the soil line. The seeds do not need to be covered but do need a moistened soil for germination. Placing them into a mist house at an optimal 20-21 degrees Celsius with sufficient lighting resulting in germination. Germination occurs in just two weeks.