Plant of the month Spekboom

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A ground­cover

Por­tu­lacaria afra ‘Green Car­pet’ is a hardy ground­cover with a pros­trate growth habit. It re­quires lit­tle main­te­nance and is ideal for grow­ing on slopes and banks.

A hedge

Spekboom re­sponds well to prun­ing, so it makes an ex­cel­lent hedge plant that is ex­tremely wa­ter­wise. Plant 30cm-high cut­tings about 50cm apart in a row. Cut back the side-shoots reg­u­larly by about half to en­cour­age branch­ing from an early age; this will re­sult in a denser hedge.

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