How to Care Senecio Himalaya – Ultimate Guide

In this article, we will explain how to take care of the Senecio Himalaya, a beautiful succulent with very simple care. Its scientific name is Senecio barbertonicus and it is a shrubby, perennial and succulent plant belonging to the Asteraceae family.

It is quite popular due to its beautiful habit, easy maintenance, and showy flowering. It is mainly cultivated to decorate gardens or to fill spaces in rock gardens. In addition, it is native to southern Africa, although its cultivation has expanded to tropical, subtropical, and temperate areas around the world. It grows mainly on sandy and rocky soils with few nutrients in its natural habitat.

Stems and Leaves

This species develops a branched bushy habit that can exceed 5 ft (1.5 m) in height. The stems are cylindrical, highly branched, and have an early greenish coloration that becomes grayish at the base with time. On these stems are arranged numerous fleshy leaves curved upward and with a size greater than 2.7” (7 cm) long. These leaves are arranged alternately on the stems, but very close together. Each leaf has a grayish-green coloration with darker and quite conspicuous longitudinal nerves.

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Senecio barbertonicus Flowers

The flowers are arranged in inflorescences in the capitulum that appear numerous at the apex of the stems; in this case, it is an inflorescence of inflorescences. All flowers are small, tubular, and have 5 small, triangular petals at the end with a bright yellow color. In all flowers, the bilobed, yellow stigma protrudes above the petals. All flowers are aromatic as they exude a very mild odor.

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How to Care Senecio Himalaya

Senecio Himalaya is very easy to cultivate in the garden, below we will explain how to take care of Senecio Himalaya correctly.

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Care Senecio Himalaya – Light

It prefers to grow exposed to the Sun, although it appreciates some light shade during the hottest hours of the day in the summer season. It should not be grown in the shade because its stems will suffer unattractive etiolation, will not flower, and will weaken the plant.

Care Senecio Himalaya – Temperature

It survives a wide range of temperatures, tolerating temperatures above 90°F (32ºC) and below 28 °F (-2ºC). The ideal range for the species is between 64°F to 79°F (18ºC to 26ºC). Ensure that the soil is completely dry if temperatures are below 50°F (10ºC).

Care Senecio Himalaya – Soil

It grows on a wide variety of soils as long as they allow fast drainage of irrigation water and are loose. Its growth and flowering are favored if the soil is enriched with worm castings. Never use substrates rich in clay that tend to compact easily.

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Care Senecio Himalaya – Watering

Water after the soil dries out completely during the hottest times of the year. In winter it is recommended to drastically reduce watering to avoid rots associated with low temperatures.

Senecio barbertonicus Pests and Diseases

It is a very pest-resistant species, although its stems and inflorescences can suffer from mealybug and aphid infestations.

How to Propagate Senecio Himalaya

Very simple from tender stem cuttings that should be planted 7 days after cutting. This time is essential for the cut area to heal. For propagation, you should use a rooting hormone like the one we use (Order it here).

We hope that this article on how to care for Senecio Himalaya will be of great help in order to properly care for your succulent.

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