Plant Care Sand Rose

Sand Rose

4.7 out of 5 (12 experiences)

Sand Rose has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Sand Rose has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Mimicry Plant, Sunrise succulent and Love Plant


Anacampseros rufescens

How to care for Sand Rose

💦 Water

How often to water your Sand Rose

Water needs for Sand Rose
0.5 cups
every 12

Sand Rose needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Sand Rose

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Sand Rose in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Sand Rose: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Sand Rose love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Sand Rose does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Sand Rose in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Sand Rose

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Sand Rose: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Sand Rose after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Sand Rose is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Sand Rose →

💦 Water Needs

Sand Rose thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Sand Rose Water Frequency →

Sand Rose Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Sand Rose requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Sand Rose Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Sand Rose is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Sand Rose Toxicity to Cats →

Sand Rose Toxicity to Dogs →

Sand Rose Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

Sand Rose prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Sand Rose Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Sand Rose is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Sand Rose →

💩 Fertilizer

Sand Rose grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Sand Rose to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Sand Rose is native to Southern Africa and Central America.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Sand Rose bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Sand Rose grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.

How and When to Prune Sand Rose →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Sand Rose can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Sand Rose Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Sand Rose. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Sand Rose

Sand Rose

Sand Rose

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Sand Rose has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Sand Rose has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Sand Rose has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Sand Rose has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Sand Rose has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Elyse avatar
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 835 XP
globe Wilsonville, OR

Needs lots of light! Mine didn’t get enough which is why it is so elongated

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Carlie avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 733 XP
globe Louisville, KY

It’s just growing two little babies beside it and I didn’t have to do anything.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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