Planting Ice Plants In Your Garden

Planting Ice Plants In Your Garden

Ice plant is the common name used for a large family of succulents. Often used as a groundcover in arid or coastal environments, these trailing plants are decorated with colorful daisy-like blossoms all summer long. Ice plants prefer full sun but can tolerate some light shade in the garden. Because ice plants are succulents, they do not tolerate wet soil, though they do well in poor soils. In fact, wet soil, especially during the winter months, is likely to kill the plants. In areas where the soil stays consistently dry, this plant can become invasive, so it is best to take this into consideration when planting it. The ice plant can be propagated by division, cuttings or seeds. If propagating by division, it is best to divide the plants in the spring. Cuttings can be taken anytime in the spring, summer or fall. When grown by seeds, scatter the seeds on the surface of the soil and do not cover them, as they need light to germinate.

Once they are established, ice plants require little maintenance. As succulents, they need very little watering and thrive in drought-like conditions. In addition, these plants need little to no fertilizing. Simply plant your ice plant flowers and watch them grow.

Flowering Ice Plants In The Yard

Flowering Ice Plants In The Yard

Hardy ice plant (Delosperma) is a succulent, perennial ground cover with daisy-like flowers.

Outdoor Yard With Ice Plants

Outdoor Yard With Ice Plants

Ice plant flowers grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9 and will bloom for most of the summer and fall. Their foliage is mostly evergreen and, because of this, they make a great year-round ground cover.

Flowering Purple Ice Plants

Flowering Purple Ice Plants

Ice plant flowers add a bright splash of color to the drier parts of your garden and ice plant care is easy.

Backyard Garden With Ice Plants

Backyard Garden With Ice Plants

Ice plants have elongated, finger-like leaves that look plump and lush, even in blistering hot weather. The foliage is often coated with a film composed of a crystal-like structure that has a whitish, reflective appearance and is the source for the name ice plant.

Flowering Ice Plants In The Garden

Flowering Ice Plants In The Garden

Most species of ice plant originate in South Africa where they commonly grow on rocky coastal bluffs, an environment with scant rainfall, little to no soil, intense winds, and salt spray.

Backyard With Succulent Ice Plants

Backyard With Succulent Ice Plants

The ice plant is not called an ice plant because it is cold hardy, but rather because the flowers and leaves seem to shimmer as though covered in frost or ice crystals.

Flowerin Succulent Ice Plants

Flowerin Succulent Ice Plants

The plants creep along the ground, usually growing no more than six to eight inches tall. In cold weather, the foliage becomes colorful in cool weather in shades of purple, blue, orange or red, depending on the plant, making it an attractive specimen in all four seasons.

Garden With Rocks And Ice Plants

Garden With Rocks And Ice Plants

An ice plant is attractive, with fleshy green leaves covered with small fibers, causing them to sparkle like ice in the sun.

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