Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes”

The genus Fenestraria rhopalophylla, of the Aizoaceae family, is formed by a single species of succulent plant native to southern Africa.

The Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes” receives the vulgar names of Fenestraria or Plant window and the scientific name of Fenestraria aurantiaca.

It is a curious succulent plant that does not exceed 5 cm in height.

It has clover-shaped leaves, light green with a transparent tip that does not have chlorophyll. It produces white flowers of about 3 cm in diameter. 

It blooms in summer and part of autumn.

They are usually used as indoor plants in small pots or on balconies and terraces in areas with Mediterranean climate.

Tips to take care of the Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes”

Temperature 

Fenestraria rhopalophylla is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.

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 .

Fenestraria prefers sandy soil and should be watered in moderation at all times to prevent root rot and split leaves. 

They need to keep something dry in the summer. 

The mixture is equal to parts of potting soil with pumice or perlite stone.

Outdoors, they grow in full partial sun; Indoors, they provide bright indirect light. 

Water abundantly when the soil is dry to the touch.

Fenestraries are somewhat frosted tolerant, but protection is recommended to prevent scars

Propagation 

They usually propagate by seed but sometimes by cuttings. 

Like many succulents, Fenestraria rhopalophylla produces offsets as the groups of leaves mature and spread. 

These are easy to divide from the main group and will easily produce another plant. 

The seeds of the plant germinate sporadically and grow extremely slowly. 

Faster Fenestraries are achieved by dividing lateral growth. 

Although Fenestraria rhopalophylla “Baby Toes” can be propagated from seed and offsets, it’s recommended to use offsets as your main source.

To grow “Baby Toes” from seed, sow in well-draining soil in the fall. You can grow seeds outdoors if you live in a zone above 10a. If you live in a cooler area, you can begin sowing indoors under a grow light.

Plagues and diseases

Good drainage is essential to prevent root rot. Otherwise, this genus is quite foreign to pests and diseases

Conclusion

The genus Fenestraria commonly known as baby fingers or window plants is found in the winter precipitation region of southeastern Namibia and South Africa Dwarf plants form mats or small groups in the sandy soil. 

The leaves have a flat top and a window, with generally

Only the highest portion exposed to nature. 

They have thick and fleshy roots.

The species currently recognized in this genus is F. rhopalophylla. each leaf has a leaf window, a transparent window-shaped area, at its tip

rounded, it is because of these structures in the form of windows that the genre meets the name of Latin fenestra.

I hope this article has been very helpful.