How to Plant an Ice Plant


Ice plant (Carpobrotus edulis) is a creeping succulent that enjoys a Mediterranean climate. It has no dormant period and blooms in magenta or yellow flowers year round. Ice plant thrives on neglect and will quickly spread and take over the garden. In some areas of the United States, such as California, ice plant is considered invasive. Ice plant requires no care once it is planted and it is easy to get it into the ground. ‭

Step 1

Choose a planting area for the ice plant. It requires all-day sunshine and room to spread.

Step 2

Add 3 inches of sand to the existing soil and mix it to a depth of 5 inches.

Step 3

Dig a hole the same depth as the pot in which the ice plant is growing and twice as wide.

Step 4

Remove the ice plant from the pot by tipping it over and tapping gently on the bottom.

Step 5

Place the plant's roots in the hole and pack soil around them.

Step 6

Water the ice plant until the top 3 inches of soil is wet.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening trowel
  • ‭Sand


  • California Invasive Plants Council: Invasive Plants of California's Wildland
  • University of Florida: Ice Plant
  • Growing Carpobrotus Edulis
Keywords: plant ice plant, grow ice plant, plant ground cover

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Victoria Hunter, a former broadcaster and real estate agent, has provided audio and written services to both small businesses and large corporations, worldwide. Hunter is a freelance writer specializing in the real estate industry. She devotes her spare time to her other passions: gardening and cooking. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.