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Vygies/Ice Plant

I have found some Vygie seed online , think its called ice plant in English. Has anyone every tried growing these lovely succulents and if so, what was your experience?

They need dry hot conditions, and I have a perfect spot in the front of our house, so Im hoping that if I create a rockery type of environment with lots of drainage that they should do well

 

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  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Welcome Khakibos; the name ' iceplant ' applies to many different species as far as I can see, Vygie looks familiar to me and I would think it would work here in the UK if you are not too far North, but do not expect it to survive the winter.image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,567

    Hi Khakibos - as Artjak says there are several plants commonly known as Iceplants in the UK.

    Do you have the latin name for the plant you want to grow?

    I'm wondering if they are Mesembryanthemums http://www.amazon.com/Things-Mesembryanthemum-Livingstone-Dorotheanthus-Bellidiformis/dp/B004YRC846

    in which case yes, they'll grow here after the last frost - sow them under cover with frost protection and plant out at the beginning of June, earlier if you're in the milder south-west of the UK.

    Down in Cornwall and West Wales a similar-looking plant known as the Hottentot Fig - Carpobrotus edulis - is so successful it is now regarded as an invasive species and legally cannot be planted in the wild in the UK  http://www.plantlife.org.uk/wild_plants/plant_species/hottentot-fig 

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