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Robert WestRobert West Posts: 181



Hello. New to gardening and a complete novice. Moved into our first house last year and this little plant was the sole survivor from a long forgotten rockery (other than nettles!). I'd love to know what it is so I can care for it. I potted it whilst the garden was dug up and re-turfed. It was very poorly looking when I first found it and seems to have just about hung on to life. Any information at all would be gratefully received - even just a name, so I can get researching!


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,522


  • Robert WestRobert West Posts: 181

    Thank you! Just looked online and it does appear to be a Lewisia cotyledon.

    Thanks ever so much. I'll have a look at what I should be doing with it to keep it happy.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,522

    It does look in a bad way. They don't like the rosettes getting too wet, so water around it. The are good sticking out of the gaps in dry stone walls. If the rosettes get too wet in winter they will rot off.

  • Robert WestRobert West Posts: 181

    Thank you for your advice. That would explain why it wasn't doing well when I found it. It was in a pile of damp old compost (I think it was once a rockery but was more soil than rock). I have since had it in a pot with compost not knowing any better! I have just this minute repotted it in a sand/soil/gravel mix as I read that they like low fertility. I'll also be careful not to water the plant but rather just the soil. The lower leaves had turned brown, gone hard and fallen off. On a positive note it has been growing! The smaller part didn't really exist when I found it and there have been a fair few new leaves growing from the top. The flowers started to blossom but them shrivelled up. luckily it now has quite a few new buds. Only ever had one flower last year when I found it. Any further advice is definitely welcome!

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