Tag: dioscorea

The caudiciforms

Ibervillea lindheimeri, 1 year + 9 months

Trochomeria macrocarpa, 1 year + 9 months

Dioscorea elephantipes, 1 year + 7 months

All of my outdoor caudiciforms have now lost all of their leaves and gone dormant. I really want to keep them outside over winter and they should be able to handle it, but in the back of my mind I just know I’m going to bring them indoors when it gets colder.

Caudiciform seedlings

Dioscorea Elephantipes (top left), 9 months
Ibervillea Lindheimeri (bottom left), 11 months
Trochomeria Macrocarpa (bottom right), 11 months

Decided to give away all but the prettiest Ibervillea and Trochomeria seedlings. I hope the ones I shipped off will end up in good homes.

All of my summer growing caudiciforms went completely dormant a week ago. Fortunately, both of my Dioscorea Elephantipes just started to grow winter vines.

Dioscorea Elephantipes

You know that “throw all of your money at the screen” feeling you get when you finally spot the thing you’ve been looking for?
This Dioscorea Elephantipes showed up on my local florist’s website and I almost let out a squeal in front of my coworkers.

Did squeal a little inside when I saw the price tag, but I took him home without a second thought!

Update on the caudiciforms

Dioscorea elephantipes, 5 months + 2 weeks
Ibervillea lindheimeri + Trochomeria macrocarpa, 6 months

Caudiciform update yay

Dioscorea Elephantipes
Another Dioscorea Elephantipes seed germinated! I’m not sure if it germinated from the seeds I planted 6,5 months ago or the new batch (sown 2 months ago). Either way, I’m so excited! The first pic is my 5 months + 2 weeks old D. Elephantipes seedling compared to my D. Mexicana. The caudex is now around 7 mm in diameter.
I’ve been trying to keep it from going into summer dormancy by minimizing the amount of direct sunlight, but I think it’s inevitable at this point.

EDIT (June 6, 2017): Yeah, it went dormant and lost its leaf. Hoping it’s big enough to survive until it decides to wake up again.

Ibervillea Lindheimeri
The bottom left pic shows the caudexes on my 6 months old Ibervillea Lindheimeri seedlings. I’ve been showing you the odd caudex on the left, but as it turns out, the one on the right was much bigger – at least 2 cm in diameter. It won’t be long before I have to repot. There are 5 seedlings in this pot.

Trochomeria Macrocarpa
I haven’t been able to dig up any of the other caudexes without removing half of the soil from the pot. Just this little guy on the bottom right pic, who is looking rather sad with only one leaf attached to its stem.