Adromischus trigynus (Calico Hearts)
Adromischus trigynus (Calico Hearts) is a dwarf, compact succulent plant with grey-green leaves mottled and often with a purplish-maroon…
Calico Hearts Plant Care – Growing Adromischus Calico Hearts
For many novice and experienced growers, the addition of succulent plants to their collection creates much welcome variety. While people living in warm regions can enjoy the beauty of succulent plants in the landscape, those elsewhere are able to add life to indoor spaces by growing them in pots. Calico hearts plant (Adromischus maculatus) is especially suited for those wishing to grow unique plants with limited room.
'Calico Hearts' (Adromischus triflorus): Heart-shaped, grey-green leaves flushed and edged in red spots. It grows into an eye-catching plant with particularly plump leaves.
Soft succulents will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures they can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light. They need bright sunlight, great drainage, and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 50% to 70% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole, then wait for the soil to fully dry before watering again.
This variety is easy to re-root from stem cuttings. Look to our Succulent Cuttings Guide for tips on succulent propagation.
Care and Propagation Information
General Care for Adromischus maculatus ‘Calico Hearts’
‘Calico Hearts’ is a perfect succulent for beginning growers. It does well in bright indoor light. When planted outdoors, it forms small clusters. It does well in rock gardens.
Adromischus maculatus ‘Calico Hearts’ is sensitive to over-watering. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
Where to Plant
‘Calico Hearts’ is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors.
Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets a lot of sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere).
How to Propagate Adromischus maculatus ‘Calico Hearts’
Propagating ‘Calico Hearts’ is easy! Simply choose a firm, healthy leaf. Remove it from the main plant by gently twisting the leaf from the stem. Be sure not to leave any of the leaf on the stem (if you take a bit of the stem with the leaf, that’s fine, too!).
Allow the leaf to callous over for several days, and then lay on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried completely. After roots and a rosette have appeared, and the mother leaf has withered away, plant the new growth.