This is my pride and joy. I had had a Dioscorea mexicana and sold it and bought this D. Elephantipes. The ruler is 6". This sits right next to my patio chair so I can look at it.
Some of my favorite plants
SallyD, WOW, really fantastic plants, wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Larry for letting me share these. My family is sick of hearing about them!
These are also two that I just love. The Operculicarya Decaryi in the back has the greatest truck. It just twists and turns. It also has bumps all over it. Very easy to grow. I have had that plant for a very long time. I don't remember when I bought it.
The Ipomoea Holubii is just wonderful. It is in the morning glory family and it get beautiful purple flowers almost daily. They only last one day. I will have to get a picture of one and post it.
Hey, I am just thrilled to see these plants, really neat!!!
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SallyD, you have such great taste!!! I love 'em all. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Sally if you dont already
Please place your entire collection in the Philadelphia Flower Show
I see many prize winners there.
Your collection is just fabulous and quite admirable
Im blown away!
Most of what you have shown are plants id like to someday acquire
Thanks so much for posting them all. ;)
Absolutely Breathtaking Sally....MANY of these I have never seen before!
Don't you just LOVE their personalities? They all must have "special" names for them.
I named my Adenium (my only caudiciform) Zora as she looks like a Zora to me :)
SallyD, I would be willing to bet that you have NOT posted ALL the plants that you have, especially the caudiciforms, Hum...hum......hum.....?? 8>))
Definitely agree with Malestrom that you should enter your collection in some show forum!
Your Plants are "outrageous"!!
Gee, thanks everyone! It is so much fun sharing because most people who come to my house think they are just wierd. They see the Dioscoria E. and get this look on their face like "huh?" I hope your not just being nice because I am now going to put more pictures up.
Malestrom - Do you belong to the cactus/succulent society in Philadelphia?
They have different categories and everyone brings in some of their plants.
You see some incredible species! They also do caudiciforms. I am sure they would love to see some of your plants. I only went once because my 2 teenage boys keep me so busy, but I am definitely going back.
Kim, I have so many plants I don't have them named but I am going to name some of my specials. That is a great idea. My family will then think I am completely nuts.
Larry, thanks. I would love to put more on! My dog is sick me telling him about the plants. He is the only one who listens. He is just pretending to sleep. Sally
That's what is SO GREAT about Dave's Sally.....WE understand :)
Doesn't matter what kind of plants you are "into" there is a forum for it and we all share the same passion.
I completely understand what you are talking about. I stopped talking to people about my plants because they just kind of get that "who really cares" look on their faces. This is why I don't really have "friends" outside of Dave's, I have NOTHING in common with "regular" people *lol*
I literally obsess over my babies and can spend an entire day just "playing" with them :) It's like heaven!
Your Ipomoea Holubii is just beautiful, I just wanna rub her belly!
I never thought of it.
Do you have any information?
Id love to check it out. ;)
Great collection and great pictures Sally.Thank you for sharing.
Thank you! It is a wonderful collection. I tell people that caudiciforms are an acquired taste -- the more they look like they are dead, or the uglier they are, the more valuable.
Are you using clay pellets, and if so, are they the only medium you are using, or are they a top-dressing? It looked like clay pellets in several of the photos.
Susan in Minneapolis
Malestrom - Here is the link to the Phila. Cactus and Succulent Society.
There are some amazingly knowledgeable people there.
Susan - I use what is called - semi-hydroponics. It is only clay pellets.
There are 2 holes about an inch from the bottom of the pot. There is always an inch of water on the bottom that will keep the root moist but not soaked.
It has taken care of about 98% of my rot problems. I have switched all my plants over to it.
I am interested in the clay pellets. Do you have any links or online info. to point to that I could look at? It is clear that you have done a wonderful job growing your caudiciforms, and the pellets may be part of your success. Do you keep the one inch of water in winter, when many are dormant? If the plants are outside for the summer, how do you deal with heavy rain? Tell us more!
This is so exciting to see your plants; I had mentally complained that this forum should be renamed to the adenium forum, since it seems that was all people posted about, but this has been a very pleasant surprise. Thanks.
Hi Susan, I would go to a site called First Rays. I can't put a link because the powers to be be mad if I do. There is a forum there that is helpful but it is mostly about orchids. I started with the orchids and then thought I would try the caudiciforms and was thrilled at how well they do. It really is probably more of a natural environment for the plants. It is great in the rain because the excess water drains right out the 2 holes. You can't overwater. I do leave water in the pots in the winter as most of mine don't go dormant because I have them in the warm house. I just don't water a lot. They usually are resting even if they aren't dormant. I just wait to see when the water goes about half way down, then I water again. I find it is better not to lose the roots. I will definitely post more of my plants. It is like showing pictures of my children to people.
Id love to see you do a thread with all the steps from potting medium and pot sizes to watering method and schedule etc.
Lot of work and I wouldnt blame you if you didnt.
But that with pics would be an awesome help.
I emailed the Philadelphia Cactus Society and they invited me to the next meeting WOO-HOO!!
Im so excited!
Thanks for the link!
Will you be there?
I second Malestrom's request; I am VERY interested in the idea of converting some succulents/caudiciforms to this in an attempt to grow better plants. Winter growing indoors is always fraught with concerns of overwatering and thus rotting, but I have killed some from being too dry too. Please, please!
Me 2. Although I only grow 3 adeniums (because that's all that I can find locally) I would be interested in seeing how to do the "clay pellets thing". :)
I will try to post the information tomorrow. I have been away. My brother's 23 year old son died of an overdose the Sat. before and I was talking to my brother on Sunday, we were cut off. I called back and he had died of a heart attack! Unbelieveable. He was 51. His poor wife.
Anyway, I would love to share it with you. I can't stress the remarkable success I have had.
Malestrom - I am going to try to make the C/S meeting this Sunday. One of the category for sharing is caudiciforms and bonsai. In May one of the groups are the adeniums. If we want to trade anything that would be the place to do it. My boys are starting all of their school stuff, so I am not sure.
Ill be there!
Or should I say 'Im planning on being there' ;)
OMG Sally I am SO sorry to hear of your losses.
What an awful thing!
My heart breaks for you and I will pray for you and your family.
My deepest condolences :(
SallyD, let me add my heartfelt condolences, too!
My thoughts and prayers will be with you also, such a terrible tragedy for all of you.