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Cyrtosperma cupidispathum in flower


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Although this one has been flowering for a number of years it was only last year that it first produced some berries. Only put them in the soil around the base of the plant but they didn't come up.

So hoping that this year there might be more berries and that I'll have better luck some seed growing.


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All the Cyrtospermas are tropical but some people manage to keep them indoors, although they can get quite large especially C. merkusii. They're bog plants so need lots of water. I have a lot of mine in pots sitting in ponds. Those not in ponds need to be kept very wet. I knew someone who had a C. johnstonii in the ground next to a sprinkler. The sprinkler played up one day and they lost the plant. They mostly have very prickly stems which, with their size, puts a lot of people off from growing them. They're not very common but some nurseries here have them from time to time. I got some of mine from Equatorial Exotics in Cairns and some from Territory Exotics in Humpty Doo.

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