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#1 gardenofeden

 
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Posted 18 July 2010 - 19:24 PM

Caralluma europaea, saw it wild on the coastal slopes of SE Spain many years ago and fell in love. Subsequently bought one, flowering for the first time for me.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 12:24 PM

Very interesting Stephen

Haven't heard of this one before, how big are the flowers? Overall, it reminds me of the genus Stapelia, and no doubt closely related.

Speaking of Stapelia, the S. gigantea I had for three years and which never flowered, is now in full bloom in Dereks greenhouse in Cornwall, and he has only had it for two months!


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Posted 19 July 2010 - 13:08 PM

There's nothing quite like the odour of rotting manure........

Does this species smell badly Stephen? I grow C. joannis and subterranea which are quite vile and am wondering how this species compares.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 18:05 PM

Andy, yes closely related to Stapelia. Flowers are small, the stem pictured is as thick as my middle finger...

Sean, smells a bit, faint odour or rotten meat/fish, not as bad as some!

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 16:49 PM

Hi!
Nice flowers! I have one C.europaea ssp. judaica sitting around for years now almost without growth. May I ask for you soil mix and conditions? Any fertilizing?

best wishes, Mathias

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 20:27 PM

standard Stapeliad mix, 50% peat free compost 50% grit
full sun, water weekly, light feed occasionally
bone dry in winter