How to plant dewdrop

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

Dew grass, also known as soda, ice grass and ice plant, is a small creeping herb that usually does not exceed 10 cm in height. Its succulent leaves and stems can be eaten raw or cooked, and its seeds are also edible. However, its unique aspect makes it more cultivated as an ornamental plant than as a vegetable, as this plant is covered with shiny hypertrophied cells that store water, giving the appearance of being covered with ice crystals or dew drops, a fact that it also explains several of the names given to this herb.


This plant does not withstand frosts and low temperatures, being able to be cultivated in regions of hot climate all year, and in the months of spring and summer in regions where the winter presents low temperatures.


It requires direct sunlight for at least a few hours daily.


Better to cultivate in well-drained, fertile soil and rich in organic matter, although this plant supports poorly fertile soils, sandy soils and even saline soils.


Irrigate in order to keep the soil slightly moist, without allowing it to be soaked. This herb is resistant to drought, but grows better and looks better if there is no shortage of water.


Planting can be done with seeds or with branches of healthy plants. The seeds can be sown at the final location in warm regions or in seedbed, small pots and other containers, and then transplanted. In regions subject to low temperatures, sow in the spring in a protected location and transplant in late spring or early summer, when there is no longer any danger of frost. The seeds can stay on the surface of the soil, which must be kept moist.

Branches of healthy, non-flowering plants can also be used to propagate the plants. The branches can be partially buried in pots with soil kept well moist until rooting, when the seedlings are then transplanted to the final location.

The spacing for cultivation can be 30 between the planting lines and 15 to 30 cm between the plants. Dew grass can easily be grown in pots and planters.


Remove invasive plants that are competing for nutrients and resources.


Harvesting the young leaves and stems of the dewdrop or sage can begin about 30 days after planting, but this can vary with growing conditions. Harvest only the necessary leaves and stems or harvest all the young leaves and stems. The plant normally sprouts quickly, so that several harvests can occur every few weeks. In warm regions, this plant is perennial.

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