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Mermaid Tail Succulent Care – #1 Best Tips

The topic of our discussion today is the beautiful Mermaid Tail Succulent plant.

This beauty will add an oceanic touch to your house and look excellent next to aquariums and terrariums.

Officially known as Crested Senecio Vitalis, the succulent looks like a mermaid’s tail, hence the name.

It grows to about 2 feet (24 inches) and spreads to 3 to 5 feet (36 to 60 inches), looking like a whale’s or mermaid’s tail.

Let’s find out more about this stunner in the following sections.

 

Mermaid Tail Succulent Care

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant is reasonably manageable. It likes bright, filtered sunlight, organic soils with coco coir or perlite, and slow-release fertilizer. The plant prefers temperatures of 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 to 4 degrees Celsius) and does well with yearly pruning.

Mermaid Tail Succulent Care

Mermaid Tail Succulent Care

 

 

Mermaid Tail Succulent Care Guide

 

Soil

The key to growing a happy and healthy Mermaid Tail Succulent plant is good soil. This beauty likes fertile, organic soils with peat moss, perlite, or worm castings.

The Mermaid Tail succulent loves its soil to be fertile and mixed with sphagnum moss, perlite, and worm castings

The Mermaid Tail succulent loves its soil to be fertile and mixed with sphagnum moss, perlite, and worm castings

The soil should not hold excess water as root rot quickly takes over such plants.

Please opt for sandy soils, such as sand or cactus potting mix for your Mermaid Tail Succulent plant.

Moreover, use the least amount of commercial fertilizers and chemicals, choosing organic materials instead.

 

Water

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant is a reasonably drought-resistant, enduing long dry spells.

However, healthy growth can only occur if the plant’s water needs are met well.

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant likes water daily in its initial stages. But as the plant grows, it requires lesser water as the leaves can absorb water better.

The watering frequency depends on the plant’s environment and the soil’s water-retaining capacity.

 

Light

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant can tolerate light levels of various ranges. But for a healthy Mermaid Tail Succulent plant, put it where there is bright, dappled sunlight.

Southeast windows and sunny balconies mainly offer the best sunlight for such plants.

Mermaid Tail succulents thrive when they're placed near southeast windows or sunny balconies

Photo Credit: @jayde_mermaid on Instagram!

If you live in a rainy or cloudy region, you can grow the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant under artificial growing lights. However, I suggest placing the plant in natural sunlight whenever possible.

Though your Mermaid Tail succulent can grow under artificial growing lights, they thrive best under natural sunlight

Though your Mermaid Tail succulent can grow under artificial growing lights, they thrive best under natural sunlight

The early morning and late evening sun are pretty beneficial for the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant.

 

Temperature

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant is succulent and seems to have sturdy leaves that tolerate high as well as low temperatures. But testing its limits is not the goal here.

Therefore, please maintain a temperature range of at least 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 to 4 degrees Celsius) for the plant to thrive fully.

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant also does well in freezing temperatures, surprisingly. This is because the plant’s dormant during this time.

Thus, you can skip watering and feeding it during the period.

 

Humidity

Humidity is an immensely important factor for all plants, including the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant.

Ideally, it likes humidity levels ranging from 40% to 60%. The average household humidity of 60% is also fine.

If your area is pretty dry or you have air vents on all day, your house may be a little drier than usual.

In such instances, a humidifier comes in very handy. You can buy one online or commercially.

Placing a humidifier near your Mermaid Tail succulent helps maintain the 40%-60% humidity level it wants

Placing a humidifier near your Mermaid Tail succulent helps maintain the 40%-60% humidity level it wants

 

Fertilizer

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant is not a heavy feeder, but it needs some elements to flourish fully and give rise to new growth.

This beauty really enjoys slow-release fertilizers with plenty of potassium and phosphorus.

You can apply the feed to the plant’s soil and let it be for a few months. The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant rarely needs to be fed again until 2 to 3 months.

However, you may need to increase the feeding frequency in case of liquid fertilizer. Please follow the instructions mentioned in your feed’s packaging.

 

Repotting

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant thoroughly enjoys medium to large pots. It has rhizomes that grow horizontally, so it needs plenty of space.

The roots also need some area to spread out. Therefore, starting with a medium-sized pot is a good idea.

You can choose a tree fern trunk with a hollow portion or a hanging planter along with a coir fiber liber for your Mermaid Tail Succulent plant.

Repotting is not usually required until the plant has wholly overgrown its pot or the soil needs to be replaced.

 

Pruning

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant should ideally be pruned every year so that you can control its height and spread.

The best time to trim the abnormal or leggy stems is before the growing season.

Pruning also allows the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant to direct most of its energy toward new growth and helps you get rid of diseased foliage before the infectious agent spreads further.

 

Propagation

A plant as lovely as the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant should definitely be propagated. It is a rare plant, so increasing its numbers is only beneficial.

You can keep the new plant for yourself or gifting it to your family members or friends.

The new plant may not grow exactly like the mother Mermaid Tail Succulent plant since it is actually mutated.

However, you will most definitely end up with a unique Mermaid Tail Succulent plant that you can show off!

Let’s see how to propagate this stunner:

  • Pick the healthiest Mermaid Tail Succulent plant and cut off a stem with a few nodes. Please ensure you use a clean knife.
  • For few days, allow the Mermaid Tail succulent’s cutting to callus. Do not water it during this time.
  • Plant this cutting in a fresh and appropriate soil mix.
  • Water the potting mix every day until some roots sprout.
  • Transfer the cutting in indirect sunlight and enjoy your new Mermaid Tail Succulent.

 

Blooms

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant is a mutated version of a natural plant. Therefore, it does not flower too often.

It may produce some structures resembling flowers with a crested appearance. But these are not true flowers.

 

Growth

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant grows best in USDA hardiness zones 10 a to 11 b, as the temperatures here remain around 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1.1 degrees Celsius) to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees of Celsius).

With proper care, it grows to about 2 feet (24 inches) and spreads to 3 to 5 feet (36 to 60 inches).

It will even manage in USDA zones 10 to 11. However, bring it inside when the weather is too harsh.

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant will only flourish fully if kept in the right conditions.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Common Problems for Mermaid Tail Succulent

 

Plant Pests

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant is frequently attacked by pests, including mealybugs and spider mites.

Mealybugs and spider mites are the 2 most common plant pests that attack your Mermaid Tail succulent

Mealybugs and spider mites are the 2 most common plant pests that attack your Mermaid Tail succulent

The mealybugs are tiny insects that suck the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant’s sap, depleting it of nutrients and other essential elements.

The plant suffers greatly as it loses vigor and new growth. The mealybugs also excrete a sticky substance called honeydew, which attracts even more pests to the plant.

Resultantly, moldy growth develops on the plant and ruins fruit quality.

Spider mites are another issue that has to be dealt with immediately. These pests are often not seen using one’s naked eye only.

They pierce the plant with their mouth and suck on the juices. Their characteristic symptoms include yellow or whitish spotting. You usually find these spider mites on the leaves’ undersides.

To get rid of these spider mites, use a pesticide on your plant. Also, rub neem oil on the affected parts and isolate the plant until you are fully sure it is pest-free.

 

Root Rot

Another common problem with the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant is root rot. It is mostly the first disease to attack when the plant is damp or in excess moisture.

The condition causes root decay, depleting the plant of nutrients and halting its transport mechanism.

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant suffers significantly as it can no longer absorb nutrients effectively from the ground.

It causes poor growth, wilting, leaf drop, and eventually death.

To save your plant, completely withhold watering until the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant is dry. In severe cases, take the plant out of its pot and apply some fungicide.

Now, transplant the pot into fresh soil and a clean pot.

 

Powdery Mildew

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant may be affected by powdery mildew. The plant turns yellow, the leaves fall off early, and the fruit is exposed to sunburn.

Some parts may even twist upon themselves, buckle, or become distorted.

Powdery mildew is mostly a complication of fungal infections. It spreads quickly and becomes a reason for other pests to attack the plant.

As it spreads, the powdery mildew covers the entire plant surface.

Use an all-purpose fungicide on your Mermaid Tail Succulent plant to get rid of it. Alternatively, you can spray your plant with bicarbonate soda, using about ½ teaspoon per gallon of water.

 

Tips for Growing Mermaid Tail Succulent

  • Plant your Mermaid Tail Succulent plant in light, well-draining soils to avoid suffocation of roots.
  • It can resist droughts very well. However, watering it every few days keeps it healthy and looking fresh.
  • The lowest range the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant can tolerate is 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 to 4 degrees Celsius). Therefore, please ensure you keep it in a higher temperature range at all times.
  • The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant does best in 40% to 60% humidity. It also thrives in about 50% of moisture and average household humidity. So, the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant will do well indoors.
  • High humidity is a prime reason for mold on the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant. Therefore, please ensure that you place it in medium moisture only.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Mermaid Tail Succulent Care

 

Is the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant rare?

The Mermaid Tail Succulent plant is a mutated blue-green version of the narrow-leafed chalk-fingers succulent. It resembles the tail of a mermaid hence the name. It is exceptionally rare and makes the most incredible addition to any houseplant’s succulent collection.

 

How often do you train a Mermaid Tail Succulent plant to maintain it as a succulent?

Take a small cutting of the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant and place it in sandy soil. Water this cutting every few days until you see some roots growing. Then bring the watering to once a week only. Maintain this schedule till the cutting grows into a mature Mermaid Tail Succulent plant.

 

Why is my Mermaid Tail Succulent plant tipping over?

The most common reason for a Mermaid Tail Succulent plant tipping over is improper watering technique. When the topsoil is slightly dry and the leaves appear wrinkled are the best times to water it. Keep watering the Mermaid Tail Succulent until water appears and rushes through the drainage holes.

 

How do you cut a Mermaid Tail plant into a succulent?

You can cut off one of the leaves from a healthy Mermaid Tail Succulent plant and allow it to callus for 1 – 2 days. Put this cutting in fresh and fertile soil and refrain from watering it for a few days. You will see new growth in some time.

 

Is the Mermaid Tail Succulent plant poisonous?

Although no serious side effects have been reported, Mermaid Tail Succulent plant may be poisonous to pets and humans. Therefore, please place it at a safe distance from pets and toddlers.

 

Conclusion On Mermaid Tail Succulent Care

The Mermaid Tail Succulent is a stunning plant with an easy-care routine.

Despite its high-maintenance-looking features, it only requires bright, dappled light, frequent watering, and good-quality fertilizer.

However, it may be poisonous for pets and kids, so please place it out of their reach.

Author Bio

Daniel Iseli

Taking care of houseplants and gardening are my greatest passions. I am transforming my apartment into an urban jungle and am growing veggies in my indoor and outdoor garden year-round.