Information About Baby Toes
Baby Toes Succulent: How To Grow A Baby Toes Plant
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Fenestraria baby toes really does look a bit like the tiny digits of an infant. Instructions on how to grow a baby toes plant are easy enough for children, who adore the fascinating little plant. This article will help.
Fenestraria Species, Baby's Toes, Window Plant
Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Where to Grow:
Can be grown as an annual
Suitable for growing in containers
Soil pH requirements:
From seed winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed sow indoors before last frost
From seed direct sow after last frost
From seed germinate in a damp paper towel
Allow pods to dry on plant break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:
Baywood-Los Osos, California
Huntington Beach, California
Vista, California(10 reports)
North Augusta, South Carolina
On Jul 28, 2011, abudoggie from Huntington Beach, CA wrote:
I bought two tiny plants at Lowe's Home Center in May and planted them together in one pot, side by side. I thought that they were exactly the same but they are slightly different. Aside from growing SO FAST (they are all one clump now), they are blooming and have two different color flowers. So now I have one big baby toes plant with white AND peach flowers
I love this plant! And she apparently loves Huntington Beach, Ca.
On Dec 12, 2008, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:
This pretty hates to be overwatered. Mine produces white flowers in early winter. Mine is potted outdoors and if I expect more than a shower, I put a plastic bag over it, for fear it will rot.
On Feb 18, 2008, concretebrunett from Brookeland, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Bought two clumps from Wal-Mart in late spring 2007. One promptly died, the other has done very well.
I'm in zone 8B in southeast Texas, which can get very cold in the winter, and the daggum thing sent a bloom out in January!!
It is now February, it's still outside and it's got baby "Baby Toes" coming up, and possibly yet another flower.
On Nov 10, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
Looks like something that would rot at the first sign of frost, but ended up being pretty hardy for southern California- does well in full blazing sun, as well as some shade.. but IS prone to rot in pots if kept too moist. Mine flowers all summer and fall, nearly til winter. Doesn't grow much, though. A 3" clump pretty much stays a 3" clump for a year or so. probably grows a bit, but not that I can tell.
On Sep 15, 2004, kbads from Kirksville, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:
Plants→Fenestraria→Baby's Toes (Fenestraria rhopalophylla subsp. aurantiaca)
|Plant Habit:||Cactus/Succulent |
|Life cycle:||Perennial |
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun to Partial Shade |
Partial or Dappled Shade
|Minimum cold hardiness:||Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F) |
|Maximum recommended zone:||Zone 11 |
|Plant Height :||6 inches|
|Plant Spread :||6-9 inches|
|Leaves:||Unusual foliage color |
|Flower Color:||White |
|Flower Time:||Late winter or early spring |
Late fall or early winter
|Underground structures:||Corm |
|Suitable Locations:||Xeriscapic |
|Uses:||Suitable for miniature gardens |
|Wildlife Attractant:||Bees |
|Propagation: Seeds:||Sow in situ |
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Allow pods to dry on plant break open to collect seeds Allow seedheads to dry on plants remove and collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
|Propagation: Other methods:||Division |
|Containers:||Suitable in 1 gallon |
We made it! Winter is over and it's springtime! Let's celebrate with a special week dedicated to these beautiful bulbs that brighten our gardens every spring, and we open that week with a look at the most popular of these plants.
Exposure to some direct sunlight will intensify the color of this plant.
In its native areas, the plant grows mostly buried in sand. Each leaf has a translucent window at the tip where sunlight is filtered to enable photosynthesis throughout the leaf.
Baby Toes (Fenestraria rhopalophylla) (Brown): Green, finger-like foliage grows in upright clusters. The tips have translucent "leaf windows" that help them get enough light for photosynthesis, even when they retreat nearly completely underground for protection from drought and browsing animals. This species needs plenty of bright light to stay compact. They tend to produce multiple blooms of yellow or white with lots of narrow petals.
PLEASE NOTE: Leaves are very fragile and may fall off during shipping. If your plant is missing some leaves upon arrival, they will grow back over time.
Soft succulents will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures they can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light. They need bright sunlight, good drainage, and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 50% to 70% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole, then wait for the soil to fully dry before watering again.