Posted 26 August 2008 - 20:54 PM
Didn't notice any smell, but there are lots of fly eggs in the centre.
Posted 26 August 2008 - 21:47 PM
Posted 26 August 2008 - 22:58 PM
Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:58 AM
I litterally know nothing about how to grow stapelia and I have never grown any cacti.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 22:42 PM
Posted 29 August 2008 - 10:07 AM
Watering in the winter should be kept to an absolute minimum. It's case of balance here. While the plants have evolved to grow in low rainfall areas I find that Stapeliads in particular do not cope well with long periods without water - say an entire English winter. What happens is the roots die off and while they will re-grow rapidly in the spring once water is given, there is a distinct risk of the plant rotting off. I find it better to lightly water every couple of months. A friend does this by dipping the pot in water and leaving for a few seconds. I'd only water during warmer weather - never if the plants are not heated and there is a risk of frost.
The main pests to watch out for with Stapeliads in particular, is mealy bug and occasionally wooly aphid. They seem to attract the former like a magnet! Keep a bottle of Provado handy - you'll need it!
Posted 29 August 2008 - 12:16 PM
I still have a spare Stapelia gigantea free to anyone who wants to pay the postage (around a fiver) The plant was exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show this year by the Durban Botanic Gardens.
Posted 29 August 2008 - 14:09 PM
If you pm me your address i will send you a cheque for the postage