How to care for Delosperma echinatum (pickle plant)

Delosperma echinatum pickle plant

The thick leaves of Delosperma echinatum are covered with soft white nubs and look like small squirting cucumbers. However, it is not related to the squirting cucumber (Ecballium elaterium), Delosperma echinatum belongs to the Aizoaceae family and is not a cucurbit.

Delosperma echinatum Ecballium elaterium
The leaves of Delosperma echinatum look like small squirting cucumbers. Ecballium elaterium (squirting cucumber) can be seen on the right.

Plant care


Delosperma echinatum grows best where it gets at least three hours of sunlight a day. It can tolerate hot summer sun.

From late spring to autumn it can be placed in the garden or on the balcony. However, it will need to be slowly acclimatised to unfiltered sunlight.

Delosperma echinatum does not tolerate frost.

pickle plant


The soil should be a permeable mix based on pumice or lava gravel. These types of gravel can also be used alone.

Delosperma echinatum


Deep watering is possible from spring to autumn. Water until the substrate is saturated. Allow to dry before watering.

pickle plant leaves


To avoid the formation of thin, light-deficient shoots, it is good to overwinter Delosperma echinatum in a cool place at around 10°C. Water only a little during this time.