Aloinopsis x Psychedelic

Psychedelic Hybrid Mesemb

 

Exclusive. ‘Psychedelic’ (Psychedelic Hybrid Mesemb), a hybrid Aloinopsis developed at High Country Gardens, has an incredibly bright combination of colors in the flowers and is a cold hardy rock garden species for Zone 6 and warmer climates. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 6 - 10
Advantages
Evergreen
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Waterwise
10 to 20", Less than 10" (with irrigation)
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Shipping Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Learn More…
Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU HBL4Z51

Details

1" tall x 4-5" wide. The variety was originally discovered as an accidental cross between two Aloinopsis species in chief horticulturist David Salman’s rock garden, “ Aloinopsis ‘Psychedelic’ (Psychedelic Hybrid Mesemb) has caused quite a stir among my friends who appreciate South African succulents,” said Salman. Grow it outdoors as a rock garden plant in the Western US or as a potted specimen on a sunny windowsill in moister climates. Exclusive.

SKU HBL4Z51
Common Name Psychedelic Hybrid Mesemb
Botanical Name Aloinopsis x Psychedelic
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink, Orange
Mature Height 1" tall
Mature Spread 4-5" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", Less than 10" (with irrigation)
Advantages Evergreen
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for Growing Cacti and Succulents

Cacti shipped early in the spring may be dormant. As the weather warms, these cacti will expand and green-up. Remember, after an initial watering to settle the soil around the roots, no further water should be applied until the weather warms up. If plants are dormant and the spring weather is rainy, protect the plants from too much moisture by covering them with a gallon plastic milk container with the bottom cut out. Leave the top off the jug so heat build up isn’t excessive in sunny weather.

Soil Preparation

All the species of hardy cacti and succulents require fast-draining soil.

Planting in the ground

Put the plants on a slope or raised area of the garden, not in a low spot which collects water. Select a bed with full sun exposure, preferably next to a south or west facing wall. These areas will provide extra winter warmth. In heavy clay soils, it is essential to replace half or more of the soil from a 10”x 10” or larger hole with coarse sand and gravel mixed thoroughly with the remaining soil to insure adequate drainage. No compost should be added, only a small handful of Planters II and Yum Yum Mix®.

Planting in an outdoor pot or planter

Use a planting mix of 3 parts garden soil + 2 parts coarse sand + 2 parts coarse perlite (or similar material). When growing plants indoors in pots, use a good quality potting soil to mix with the sand, and expanded shale instead of garden soil.

Planting Instructions

1. Cacti, agaves, and tap-rooted succulents (Aloinopsis, Titanopsis, Nananthus) should be transplanted bare-root. Let the soil in the pot dry out for a few days. Then remove the pot and gently loosen the soil so it falls away from the roots. Trim off any broken roots. Bare root plants should then be planted into a shallow hole. Spread out the roots evenly and sprinkle the soil into the hole until full. The base of the plant should rest on top of the soil. Mulch with a 1⁄2”-1” thick layer of pea-sized gravel around the base of the plant to protect it from contact with soggy soil over the winter months. (See planting diagram on page 12 of our Planting Guide.)

2. Succulents with fibrous roots (Ruschia, Delosperma, Sedums and others) need not be transplanted bare-root, instead the root ball should be scored and roughed out like other perennials.

Watering

1. Bare-root cacti and tap-rooted succulents must not be watered right away, but should sit dry for a day or two to allow the roots to callus over any broken or damaged areas. Other succulents can be watered in right away. Water thoroughly with a mixture of SeaCom-PGR and Superthrive to stimulate strong new root growth. Water again with this mixture two weeks later.

2. Outdoor beds with new plants should be initially watered once every 5 to 7 days for the first month or so after transplanting. Cacti and succulents enjoy regular watering during the heat of the summer and will grow vigorously. After the first year, most cacti species need a good soaking only once every 2-4 weeks during the spring and summer if there has been no rain.

3. Potted plants require more frequent, regular watering, especially if the weather is hot and dry.

4. To prepare cacti and succulents for the approach of winter, begin withholding water in the fall so the plants can begin to dehydrate and shrivel. Plump, well watered plants are ripe for cold damage when temperatures plunge in late fall/early winter.

Fertilizing

Cacti and succulents are very modest in their fertilizer requirements. When planted in the ground, fertilizing in spring with SeaCom-PGR and Yum Yum Mix® will encourage plentiful flowers and good stem growth. When planted in pots, remember to feed monthly with the same mixture as above, beginning in late summer.

Winter Protection

Garden plants: Many cacti and succulents are quite cold hardy if kept dry in the cold winter and spring months. In areas that receive a lot of winter and spring moisture (especially rain), it is strongly recommended that plants be protected from cold, wet soil conditions. For example, a temporary cold frame can be constructed using pipe or PVC hoops covered with a clear plastic sheet to cover the entire bed. Or individual plants can be covered with plastic gallon milk jugs with the bottom cut out to keep the ground around the plants dry. Leave the top o the jug so heat build up isn’t excessive in sunny weather. Problems will occur if plants are in wet soil all winter or sit under melting snow for extended periods.

Potted plants: Should be moved under a roof overhang on the south or west side of the house or placed in a well ventilated cold frame. Water pots and other containers lightly a few times over the winter during warm spells.

All our cacti, agaves and succulents are seed-grown or cutting-grown in our greenhouses. Cacti and agave plants are 2-4 years old; succulents are 1-2 years old. Please, never collect cacti from the wild unless it’s to rescue plants from construction sites. Many species are close to extinction in their native habitats due to irresponsible collectors.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide (pdf) for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Your plant orders are scheduled to arrive within 3 days or less of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges. Our Standard Plant Shipping is 3 Days!

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Aloinopsis x Psychedelic:

    Excellent in sunny, rock garden, well drained area. Adds interesting color. Recommend!

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          I planted it in a shallow pot with cactus. Protected it in it's first winter but it didn't make it alive.

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            This plant has held up well in our southern Arizona heat in a small decorative pot

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            USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

            To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

            • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
            • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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