How to Care For Mexican Hat Plants

Mexican Hat Plants have a reputation for being very demanding in terms of caring for them. They tend to grow up quickly and require periodic pruning to keep them healthy. Fortunately, they do not mind being pruned as long as it is done properly.

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The Mexican Hat plant will not tolerate freezing temperatures but does well in the warmer months of spring and summer. You can start them out in pots but don’t fill them with water until they are about three inches tall. Caring for these particular types of Mexican Hat plants is actually fairly easy and inexpensive.

Keep in mind that your Mexican Hat plants need a full sun exposure so you will want to place them in a sunny window at the end of a shaded day. This way they will get plenty of sun without too much heat or shading.

Mexican Hat Plants

Prefer to have good drainage so if you do not live in an area that has lots of drainage you might want to consider adding some rocks to your soil. The rocks will help keep the soil slightly moist so it drains better. You will also need to keep the soil from draining too much so that the Mexican Hat plant will have a nice damp and fertile soil where it can grow.

Mexican Hat plants need some amount of water throughout the growing season. However, they need a little bit more moisture in the winter. The reason for this is that they need to absorb and use up the water from the soil before it evaporates. In the winter, just make sure that you take care of your Mexican Hat plants so that they will remain healthy throughout the growing season.

Mexican Hat plants are very popular and are hardy varieties that are drought tolerant. However, they do well if given regular watering throughout the growing season. Since you are not going to be watering the Mexican Hat plants every day or even every other day, you will want to periodically check the soil to make sure that it is dry enough.

You will want to water your Mexican Hat plants in the fall and winter months. They do not like the cold so make sure that you are using a water hose with an overflow valve to catch any excess water from leaking out during those months. When you are watering your Mexican Hat plants, make sure that you give them a generous dose of water so that they will have a healthy root system in the new year.

If you are unsure about how to care for Mexican Hat plants you can purchase seeds for your Mexican Hat plants. These seeds are readily available online and many nurseries will also sell seeds for this type of plant. Keep in mind that seeds are not the same as plants so you should not place these Mexican Hat plants in your planters.

If you do decide to buy seeds for your Mexican Hat plants you will want to choose seedlings that are still in their main stems. This will help ensure that your Mexican Hat plants will have healthy roots as they are still in their growing stage.

Once you have chosen your seeds and placed them in your planters, you will want to make sure that you continue to prune them to ensure that you have healthy plants. Most plants, especially ones that are not drought tolerant, can become quite large. If you do not prune them back enough, you could wind up with a plant that is too large for your planters.

Make sure that you fertilize your Mexican Hat plants once a month, preferably in the fall and winter months. Fertilizing in the summer can also work but will be more difficult for your plants to take. Also, make sure that you prune the Mexican Hat plants in order to make them into attractive bushes.

These plants can be easily cultivated by the person who wants to get into different types of gardening. from different types of plants to berries, they have it all.

Additional Resources

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  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (wildflower.org) – Its sombrero-shaped flower heads, is usually 1 1/2 ft. tall but can reach 3 ft. Flower petals range from dark red and yellow, to all red or all yellow. The flowers central …
  • Mexican Hat Plant Information – How To Care For Mexican Hat Plants (gardeningknowhow.com) – The Mexican hat plant gets its name from its distinctive shape – a tall cone surrounded by drooping petals that looks something like a sombrero. Mexican hat plant care is very easy, and this article will help with how to grow a Mexican hat plant.
  • Bryophyllum daigremontianum (en.wikipedia.org) – Bryophyllum daigremontianum, commonly called devil’s backbone, mother of thousands, alligator plant, or Mexican hat plant is a succulent plant native to …
  • Mexican Hat (highcountrygardens.com) – 15-24″ tall x 18″ wide. The roadsides of northeastern New Mexico light up with color in midsummer when large stands of Prairie Coneflower come into bloom. This drought tolerant plant is easy to establish and naturalizes readily so you can grow your own stand of wildflowers. ‘Mexican Hat’ is a heavy …
  • Kalanchoe daigremontiana (Mother of Thousands) | World of Succulents (worldofsucculents.com) – Kalanchoe daigremontiana (Mother of Thousands), also known as Bryophyllum daigremontianum, is a short-lived monocarpic succulent, up to 3 feet (1 m) tall…
  • How To Care For Mother Of Thousands Kalanchoe (succulentsbox.com) –   Native to Madagascar, the Mother of Thousands plant is an amazing foliage plant. Also known as Kalanchoe daigremontiana, this plant rarely blooms when kept indoors. However, small plantlets develop on the tips of leaves, which make this plant exceptionally mesmerizing. Not to mention, the common n…
  • Mexican hat plant/RHS Gardening (rhs.org.uk) – Find help & information on Kalanchoe daigremontiana Mexican hat plant from the RHS
  • Coneflower, Mexican Hat (uaex.edu) – Aug 29, 2014 … Though I’ve known the wildflower Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnaris) since my childhood growing up on a dryland farm in central Oklahoma, I …
  • Ratibida Seed – Mexican Hat Flower Seeds (outsidepride.com) – Grow this perennial, Mexican Hat, from Ratibida seed. Great for meadows or natural settings, the flower seeds can be started directly outdoors.
  • Peffley: Mexican Hat plant named for its resemblance to broad-rimmed sombrero (lubbockonline.com) – Common names of plants are often selected for an object they resemble. The Mexican Hat inflorescence with its broad petals circling a conical seed head is

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