How to Plant Ice Plants


Ice plant (Lampranthus) is a succulent native to South Africa. It is used as as a blooming ground cover in hot and dry areas of the United States. The daisylike flowers can be orange, red, yellow or pink, depending on the variety. The leaves have tiny gray hairs that reflect sunlight and look as if they are covered with ice. Ice plant is appropriate for horticultural zones 9 to 11, but it makes a good container plant that can be brought indoors during the winter where temperatures get below 36 degrees F.

Step 1

Locate an area of the garden that is well-drained and receives at least three hours of sun each day. Look for a south-facing location or a place that gets winter sunlight if you live in a cooler climate.

Step 2

Clear the area of weeds and organic matter and rake smooth.

Step 3

Plant ice plants 12 inches apart at the same level they are planted in the nursery pot. Moisten soil around new plants while planting to prevent air pockets from forming around roots. Water occasionally if plants appear stressed during an unusually dry period.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice plant
  • Planting tool
  • Rake


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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.