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Split Rock    

Pleiospilos nelii

Split Rock is a member of the Pleiospilos family. Its botanical name is Pleiospilos nelii.

The body of the plant consists of a pair of leaves, fused at the base, usually grey green to brownish in colour, (but in the case of the above variety an attractive wine colour) with darker markings scattered over the whole of the leaves. The plant produces a new body from within the old one each year, much the same as Lithops and Conophytums do.

Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Yellow and   Orange and   Fuchsia. A type of flowering succulent, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+). Keep in mind when planning your garden that Split Rock is known for growing to a stemless habit.

South Africa is believed to be where Split Rock originates from.

Split Rock is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Split Rock have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Split Rock

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • Very Low

I would suggest that they should be grown ‘hard’. By this I mean do not over water and do not over fertilise. If either of these are done to excess, apart from risking the plant dying, it will start to [stack]. This is the term that is used when there are more than 2 pairs of leaves showing at a time. If the plants are grown correctly, ideally there should only ever be 2 pairs of leaves. The lower ones are the previous years, and the top ones, the current years These top leaves are using the lower ones as a food source. The lower leaves will be drained of all their goodness and end up as a parchment like skin, which when totally dry can be carefully removed. As you can see my own plant has ‘stacked’ a little. The remains of the body from two years ago is still slightly in evidence.

Split Rock likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water very sparingly. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Split Rock is generally regarded as a tender plant, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date.

See our list of companion Plants for Split Rock to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Split Rock from seed

Transplanting Split Rock

Split Rock is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Common Split Rock problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Split Rock plants:

Other names for Split Rock

Split Rock care instructions

How long does Split Rock take to grow?

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