A flowering Ariocarpus in the open

Here at Soekershof, Private Mazes & Botanical Gardens in South Africa, it’s a challenge to grow all kinds of succulent plants outside.

Even so called ‘difficult’ ones.

Of the Ariocarpus species it was said to us, four years ago when we acquired them, that it is impossible to grow them under the open sky in South Africa.

But we do. We created an elevated acre with poor sandy, rocky, soil with additional drainage 20 centimeter beneath the surface. And they are still growing; they are even flowering every now and than.