Current batch looks like pic.
Shown in 2″ pot
Bare root, pot and soil not included
Mostly shade, morning sun only
Needs vary through the year
Stapeliads have thick stems which range from green to red/purple depending on sun exposure. They are easy to keep alive, but need just the right conditions for blooming. The challenge is worth it because many of them have spectacular blooms, hence the common name, “Starfish Flower”. Many stapeliads have evolved to be pollinated by flies, so they emit a rotting meat smell to attract them, leading to their other common name, “Carrion Flower”. These plants like to stay warm and dry. Use a very well draining soil mix (I use my 10% mix), and make sure they dry out fully between watering. They are highly susceptible to rotting if they get too wet. They also like semi-shade, so make sure they are protected from hot afternoon sun. That said, they won’t flower if they aren’t getting enough light. Give only minimal water during the winter – that is their resting period.
SOIL – I recommend very well draining soil mix. Store bought cactus and succulent mix often still retains too much water. You can add pumice, lava rock, or perlite to loosen it up and improve drainage.
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WHY BARE ROOT?
I sell most of my plants bare root for 2 reasons:
1. I use high quality, well draining soil that also happens to be very loose, it doesn’t stay in the pot very well during shipping so it would make a big mess.
2. The weight and bulk of soil increases shipping costs significantly. (My soil is a lot heavier than standard nursery soil.)