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Re: Stapeliad thread

Post by Diane » Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:45 pm

A super plant, Rob, but I don't think it's S. hirsuta either. There are so many hybrids around these days, it makes proper identification difficult!
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Re: Stapeliad thread

Post by Herts Mike » Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:47 pm

Whatever it is Rob it's spectacular!
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Re: Stapeliad thread

Post by Ali Baba » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:45 am

This is hirsuta, an old photo as it hasn’t flowered yet this year
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Re: Stapeliad thread

Post by Roatavator » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:02 am

I really love Stapeliads but I’ve managed to kill off the few I’ve had over the years. Any advice on compost, watering, shading, winter temperatures would be welcome. I’d really like to start a collection again if I thought they weren’t doomed!
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Re: Stapeliad thread

Post by ralphrmartin » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:39 pm

One thing that is probably important in successful cultivation is to note that many species grow by "running along" i.e. new shoots form on the previous new shoots, while the back end tends to lose vigor and dies off. This doesn't match up well to growing them in a pot of a fixed size and shape. Perhaps the best strategy is to remove a fewest newest end shoots every year or two and treat the plant as a cutting, rather than trying to keep the "core' of the plant.

(This obviously doesn't apply to Hoodias and the like).
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Re: Stapeliad thread

Post by Roatavator » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:44 pm

Thanks Ralph
I’ll give that a try
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Re: Stapeliad thread

Post by Herts Mike » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:23 am

In my early days of Stapeliads I read an article in Asklepios magazine written by what was obviously a top grower judging by his plants. He went through compost, watering, heating etc but at the end said the most important was temperature. I keep mine at about 11c and some of the trickier ones e.g. Edithcolea spend the winter in the propagator at about 20c.

I never shade mine.

Watering can be tricky particularly early and late season when they don't dry out which is when rot sets in. As a result I have switched about 90% of the collection to pure cat litter and feed weekly. Still early days to say whether it is a success.
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Re: Stapeliad thread

Post by Herts Mike » Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:03 am

Duvalia caespitosa
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Re: Stapeliad thread

Post by Roatavator » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:22 am

Thanks Mike
I suspect you might have hit the nail on the head.
My winter temperatures are closer to 7/8c.
I can’t bring plants indoors as the window cills are already full with my wife’s plants!
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Re: Stapeliad thread

Post by Diane » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:16 pm

Huernia hislopii (I think)
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Huernia hislopii
and Huernia kennedyana :
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Huernia kennedyana
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