Baby Sun Rose Plant
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Sun Exposure & Light Requirements
The Baby Sun Rose succulent plant thrives in full sun to partial shade (ideally, 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily), making it a perfect succulent for indoors and outdoors.
When grown indoors, place it near an east- or west-facing window, where it will receive bright sunlight early or late in the day.
Avoid placing it in direct sunlight when the sun is strongest in the middle of the day, which may damage the plant.
When grown outdoors, place it in an area where it will receive indirect bright light all or most of the day.
As with any succulent, the key to success with the Baby Sun Rose is to allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
It needs to be watered thoroughly when the soil is completely dry. Squeeze the soil to make sure it is completely dry.
In general, water once every one to two weeks in the summer and once every two to three weeks in the winter.
It will need more frequent watering in hot weather, while in cool weather, it will be less frequent.
If the soil is allowed to remain damp for long periods, the roots will rot, and you will lose your plant.
Baby Sun Rose thrives in well-draining soil.
A succulent or cactus soil mix is best; this soil type provides excellent drainage.
To ensure your soil drains well, you should implement the following mix:
- 1 part cactus potting mix
- 1 part coarse sand
- 1 part perlite
When grown in the ground, Baby Sun Rose will be best suited in either gravelly or sandy soil.
However, if your plant is grown as a houseplant, the soil must be potted in a succulent/cactus potting mix.
Using the right soil is essential for succulents and cacti. I use the Bonsai Jack Succulent & Cactus Soil, which has excellent draining properties to prevent root rot!
Temperature and Humidity
The ideal temperature for the Baby Sun Rose is approximately 70˚ F during the day and between 40 and 50˚ at night.
In these conditions, your Baby Sun Rose will grow very well. You should be aware that continuous exposure to high heat can cause leaf loss and poor flowering problems.
The ideal average humidity is approximately 40-50%. Higher humidity levels may cause the plant to rot; lower levels interfere with photosynthesis and cause leaf drop.
Generally speaking, if you can keep your home humid during the winter and provide a decent light source, you should be able to take care of your Baby Sun Rose easily.
As the plant matures and becomes bigger, you will notice that it adapts better to sudden temperature changes and high or low humidity levels.
Baby Sun Rose flowers are produced in the growing season (early spring to summer).
It is necessary to fertilize your Baby Sun Rose plant every other week during this time. A balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength is recommended.
The diluted solution should be watered directly into the soil around your Baby Sun Rose plant, and it is advisable to water thoroughly after fertilizing.
Overfertilizing or using the wrong kind of fertilizer can harm your plant, so use caution when fertilizing.
Potting and Repotting
The Baby Sun Rose is commonly used as a groundcover, which means it is often planted between other plants.
Potting the plant in a container with good drainage, such as an unglazed, porous terracotta pot, is recommended. Ensure there are at least several drainage holes in the bottom of the container.
A good rule of thumb as to whether or not your Baby Sun Rose should be repotted is as follows: If the soil looks like it has been completely used up and does not hold together when compressed, then it is probably time for a new pot.
You should also consider replanting the Baby Sun Rose if it has stopped putting out new growth.
To repot your Baby Sun Rose, you should remove the plant from its old pot and gently tease apart any roots that may be matted or tangled.
Be careful not to disturb the root ball too much; if the Baby Sun Rose’s roots are damaged, they may not grow back.
After you have freed up some of the roots, carefully add in some new succulent soil around the roots, but be sure to leave about an inch of space between the edge of the root ball and the top of your container.
Make sure not to bury your Baby Sun Rose too deeply because it can suffocate.
Ensure not to water your Baby Sun Rose for at least one week after replanting, allowing the roots to settle into their new home.
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