Faucaria Tigrina or tiger jaws is a fleshy succulent plant. It is used for decorations and it looks like a toothed plant with pointy leaves. The teeth of the leaves have purely defensive purposes, but form our human perspective, they make the plant attractive.
Faucaria Tigrina Origins and Characteristics
Tiger jaws is native to South Africa, where it grows in the wild on the Easter Cape province. It likes rocky surroundings and the sub-tropical climate. It is adaptable to dessert climate in the USA.
It grows about 8 inches in diameter and has 6 to 12 inches long leaves. It is not poisonous and it can live together with many other succulent plants.
It flowers from autumn to winter and the blooms display long and slim petals. They have a bright yellow color and the plants requires at least 3 hours a day of direct sun light in order to produce flowers. The flowers open midday and close before nighttime.
The thick and fleshy leaves are triangular and are filled with teeth on the edges. The teeth allow the plant to capture moisture and to direct it towards the roots.
Caring for Faucaria Tigrina
Planting tiger jaws should not be a problem in semi-arid environments. The plant can live outside in places like Arizona or California. It likes temperatures averaging 70 to 95 degrees F and not below 50 F.
It needs periodic watering in order to survive. Usually it is best to water it when the top soil becomes dry at touch. In winter, the soil can dry out more. Be sure to never let the plant sit in water. This will cause death.
It likes non peat based compost mixed with sand. Or if you want to take the short way, you can buy any cactus mix available in stores.
When grown in a pot, re-potting is needed every 2 years. By doing this you will make sure that the plant has enough space to grow and expand.
In order to multiply Faucaria Tigrina, you will need to remove pups by hand. When you notice offsets that already have roots, remove them and replant them. Replanting should be done in moist soil, in order to ensure a decent root growing phase at the start of the life cycle.
Faucaria Tigrina Problems
If you notice that the leaves are suddenly wilting and become pale in color, it is most likely that the plant was overwatered. It is good to remove the dead plants, water it less and spray it with a fungicide. This sparing needs to be made just in case the plant was attacked by a pest.
If you notice mushy leaves then it is a serious case of overwatering. Sadly, it means that the plant is 90% dead and it will be hard to save it. Remove all the affected leaves and re-pot the remains in fresh soil. Make sure not to water the plant for a few days. If you are lucky, you will notice new small leaves.