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Subject: Calling all Stapeliad experts!

Forum: Cacti and Succulents

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franj wrote:
Hi all,
Well, I finally got one of these to live long enough to give me a flower. Or rather I got lucky and found one at a favorite nursery that had a bud about to pop, I've only had it about a week. Wow, what a flower! Three inches across!

This is my fourth try at growing Edithcolea grandis. The other three succumbed to rot before they got this far. Anybody out there know the tricks to growing/propagating this plant? I think one of my early mistakes was in bare rooting and re-potting the plants in my own mix. I always do that because I prefer a soil mix to peat. This time I just pulled it out of the nursery pot and plunked it in my own pot, backfilling the extra space with almost pure gravel. It was grown in peat and perlite. I'll water around the edge of the pot and do my best to keep the stem dry and water say every two weeks or so. I live in hot, dry Arizona and water my cacti once a week and my other succulents twice a week. But I've read these can go a long time without water. Am I on the right track? Also propagation.That long stem with the flower is just begging me to cut it off and root it, but I've heard they are difficult to root. Any suggestions?

While we're on Stapeliads, does anyone recognize the Huernia in the first pic? I would like an ID.


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