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Delosperma Fire Spinner® has vibrant tri-colored flowers of orange, red and lavender that are unique in the world of perennial flowers. Outstandingly colorful. An evergreen groundcover, this ice plant blooms in late spring. A 2011 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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.
All the species of hardy cacti and succulents require fast-draining soil.
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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 ensure adequate drainage. No compost should be added, only a small handful of Planters II and Yum Yum Mix®.
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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.
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, Sedum, and others) need not be transplanted bare-root, instead, the root ball should be scored and roughed out like
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.
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.
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 off 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.
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(based on 13 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Most Liked Positive Review
Very hardy! Evergreen, too
Hot diggity! I ordered three of these and they were robustly filling out their 2.5 inch pots. They arrived healthy and with several stems each. I planted them on a sloped area...Read complete review
Hot diggity! I ordered three of these and they were robustly filling out their 2.5 inch pots. They arrived healthy and with several stems each. I planted them on a sloped area right off our gravel driveway that is a mix of gravel and road base (white clay). I wasn't sure whether they would have enough drainage with clay, so I am happy to say that they are doing great! I put them in late summer and watered a few times a week until shortly before frosts. Now it is January and not only have they slowly gotten a little bit bigger, but the succulent leaves have turned a Christmas-y dark red burgundy ( kind of a reddish purple). And the best part is, they haven't died despite being trampled about a bazillion times (some construction workers parked their flatbed trailer on the other side of them shortly after I planted....and then proceeded to walk on them with heavy boots as they loaded and unloaded the trailer)! Some of the tallest parts of the plants have some scarring, but they have overall survived and thrived. They look nice by partridge feather and some other varieties of iceplant. In the same vicinity are also obedient plant crystal peak white, Veronica spicata Roman candles, foxglove digitalis polka dot princess, bearded Iris, and day lily. Our climate is zone 7, 14 inches precipitation annually, low humidity, 5000 ft elevation high desert in southwestern United States.
Most Liked Negative Review
I wish I could get it to stay alive!
I bought the fire spinner ice plant because of the beautiful colors of the flowers. Also supposed to be easy to grow. I've not had any luck with it, barely hanging on with...Read complete review
I bought the fire spinner ice plant because of the beautiful colors of the flowers. Also supposed to be easy to grow. I've not had any luck with it, barely hanging on with its life and not even close to ever seeing a flower on it. Very disappointed! Tried to email them and get a replacement but they didn't want to bother with that as if it was my fault the plant has been going downhill ever since I received it.
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Kanab, southern Utah
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Comments about High Country Gardens Delosperma Fire Spinner®:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
One of My Very Favorite Plants
from Boise, ID
I have had a number of Fire Starter Ice plants over the years. I live in southern Idaho, low humidity and high desert. Mine always seem to thrive. I have never had a plant that stayed "compact". They have always spread to 3' or more. They just keep growing and growing. The flowers cover the plant so the leaves are barely visible, then continue to bloom more sparingly throughout the summer. This is the perfect way to add color with little or maintenance. Also the best "weed mat" around. I've tried all of the varieties of ice plants but this is by far my favorite and most reliable.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Huntington Beach, California
This is a wonderful fast growing groundcover with the most beautiful flowers. It grows so fast that I'm constantly cutting it back and making cuttings. I noticed that parts of the plant that are not in full sun will grow but they do not bare flowers. So if you have good sun and a large area to cover definitely get this Fire Spinner. You'll love it!
Horribly difficult to grow if there is a tree or bush within 8 feet.The blooms are gorgeous though and if you put them down in a bed of rocks then they will do well.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
By Rockin Roxy
from Western Colorado
I've read some of the negative reviews and my first thought is did they admend the soil? I planted mine in rocky and what I consider very poor soil. I added nothing. I planted in full sun, watered them in and left them alone. They still look geat and even made it through this past winter which was a doosey. As I said before in my other review I live in the high desert part of Colorado which has very low humidity and major temp. swings.
Didn't make it
from Western slope of Colorado
I bought one two years ago and it died. Bought another this year and it died. Other things thrived but maybe this needed more water
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Great garden cover
from Manalapan NJ
Looked great through spring and summer in our garden.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Coos Bay, OR
About Me Getting Started
Loved all three Ice Plants, and all were doing great until my dog decided to use them for a bed. That caused some serious setback for them, but they are coming back nicely. Will probably order more this coming year.
No luck with this
from Orlando, Florida
This too, did not grow, bloom or do anything.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
from North Port, FL
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Never flowered & then it died.
By Suzy Q
from Clovis, CA
It started out fine, was spreading nicely, then it gradually began to dry out no matter how much water I gave it. It is now just about dead. I guess it cannot tolerate the heat & strong sun here in California's Central Valley.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Colorful tough little plant
By Post oak
from Arma Kansas
I've planted several species of Delosperma and this is my second choice (Delosperma ashtonii Blut is my first choice). The flowers are very unique in their colors and it takes heat & drought well. If you live in a damp environment as I do (40 inches per year) I would recommend that the soil be amended prior to planting. It'w worth the effort.
Eye Catching Color
By Rock'in Roxie
from High Desert Colorado
This little ice plant survived our severe changes in temperatures here in the high desert area of Colorado! The color of the blooms are beautiful! I've used it as a border as well as in my rock area. When out of bloom it remains a great ground cover/filler. Absolutely love High Country Gardens!!!
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.
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