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Dioscorea Elephantipes

Post by Echinocactus123 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:33 pm

This happened a few weeks ago, does anybody know what is wrong?
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Re: Dioscorea Elephantipes

Post by Tina » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:01 pm

Its growing 2 new vines ?.
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Re: Dioscorea Elephantipes

Post by Echinocactus123 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:36 pm

I mean why is the side flat
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Re: Dioscorea Elephantipes  Solved

Post by StevenT » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:15 pm

The 2 new vines suggest it's healthy so I think the caudex is starting the normal change from the smooth sphere that young plants have into the fissured shape of older plants. The crack on top looks like the first one to happen and more will happen as the caudex begins - in effect - to break open as it gets larger from the inside. It's a bit dramatic and worth taking pics over the growing season to record the progress of the change in shape.

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Re: Dioscorea Elephantipes

Post by tonyironscacti » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:02 am

Looks perfectly normal to me !

The caudex changes appearance as it ages and over times it gets really corky & gnarled resembling an elephants skin.

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Re: Dioscorea Elephantipes

Post by Echinocactus123 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:40 am

Thanks everyone!
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Re: Dioscorea Elephantipes

Post by MikeDom » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:08 am

To misquote Paul Hogan: “That’s not flat, this is flat!”
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Re: Dioscorea Elephantipes

Post by Echinocactus123 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:24 pm

Here's a side view.
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Re: Dioscorea Elephantipes

Post by Echinocactus123 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:25 pm

It turned like this in only a day
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