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Concrete Leaf Plants: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing and Care

by Gregory
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Concrete Leaf Plants: A Guide for Beginners


Concrete leaf plants are fascinating succulents that are easy to care for and sure to add beauty to your home or garden. These unique plants have an adaptive camouflage pattern that helps them blend into rocky outcroppings in their natural habitat.

What are Concrete Leaf Plants?

Concrete leaf plants (Titanopsis calcarea) are native to the Western Cape province of South Africa. They grow in a rosette pattern of gray to blue-green leaves. The tips of the leaves are covered in a rough, dense, bumpy pattern that ranges in color from white to red to blue, depending on the variety. This gives the plant a remarkably stone-like appearance, which is likely a defensive adaptation meant to trick predators into mistaking it for its surroundings.

Care and Growing

Growing concrete leaf plants is relatively easy, as long as you know what you’re doing. Here are some tips:

  • Watering: Water moderately during the growing period of late fall and early spring. The rest of the year, they can tolerate drought.
  • Soil: Use very well-draining, sandy soil.
  • Light: They prefer some shade in summer and full sun in the other seasons. If they receive too little light, their color will steer toward green and the stony effect will be lost somewhat.
  • Cold hardiness: Sources vary on the plants’ cold hardiness. Some say they can tolerate temperatures as low as -20 F. (-29 C.), but others claim only 25 F. (-4 C.). The plants are much more likely to survive a cold winter if their soil is kept completely dry. Wet winters will do them in.


Concrete leaf plants can be propagated by stem cuttings or by seed.

  • Stem cuttings: Take a cutting from a healthy stem and allow it to callous over for a few days. Then, plant the cutting in well-draining soil and keep it moist.
  • Seed: Sow seeds in well-draining soil and keep them moist. The seeds will germinate in about 2-3 weeks.

Problems and Solutions

Concrete leaf plants are generally low-maintenance, but they can sometimes experience problems. Here are some common problems and solutions:

  • Leaves turning green: This can be caused by too little light. Move the plant to a brighter location.
  • Leaves dropping off: This can be caused by overwatering or underwatering. Adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
  • Pests: Concrete leaf plants are susceptible to mealybugs and aphids. Treat infestations with an insecticidal soap or neem oil.


Concrete leaf plants are a unique and beautiful addition to any home or garden. With proper care, they can thrive for many years.

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