Look at those locks! My now 3 year old Ibervillea looks amazing and thicc. It had a bit of a gnat problem a couple of weeks ago. Apparently they like the smell of the caudex and love crawling all over it. Killing the little gnat larvae in the soil is easy enough when you allow it to dry for a few weeks. Ibervillea like to stay dry, like most other succulents. Had it happened to one of my other water-loving plants, it would have been an impossible task.
There was no room for my Ibervillea on the window sill with my other succulents, so as a last resort I had to move it somewhere else and let it roam free. My Trochomeria macrocarpa (left) and Ibervillea lindheimeri (right) grew up together when they were seedlings and only met each other again, barely 2 years later. They’re both 2 years and 8 months old here. The Trochomeria is so happy to be where it is, that it decided to flower for the second time this year, too.
Look how awesome they look next to each other, hiding my embarrassing DVD collection away with their fast growing vines.
The Ibervillea woke up immediately after I decided to bring it indoors again. Even though all of its leaves fell off while it was outdoors, I didn’t cut off the bare vine. It’s now very quickly growing leaves from every node on the vine, attaching itself to everything, including my other succulents. Every day I have to save at least one succulent from becoming the Ibervillea’s new trellis. Maybe this wasn’t the best place to put it..
So I finally chose to repot my 2 year + 7 months old Ibervillea lindheimeri again. I’ve been searching for a low pot like the one it was already in, only slightly bigger. But I haven’t been able to find one at all, so I ended up just potting it in a regular cheap plastic pot. That’s probably for the best because every time I decide to repot, I have to pull on the plant just to get it out, resulting in a few cuts and scrapes on the caudex.
But look at this beast! It’s just about the same size as a heart. Most of the growth happens underneath the soil line. I was hoping to see a little more growth above the soil, though. It’s going to look like a knot of thickened roots instead of the common ball-shape you usually see in caudiciforms.
After I placed my Ibervillea outside a couple of months ago, it immediately went dormant. It’s now inside again and should hopefully wake up and shine soon. I guess this is strictly an indoor plant here in Denmark.
My 2,5 year old Ibervillea lindheimeri just flowered for the first time ever! I thought the flower buds would be bigger when they were about to open, like they were on my Trochomeria, so I didn’t expect them to open today. And I didn’t get a good photo of the flower bud before it opened either. But it’s here! And there’s more buds on the way.
It’s much smaller and more colorful than the Trochomeria flower too. This one looks like a miniature cucumber flower. It’s only about 5 mm in diameter.
The Ibervillea is looking so full right now, you can barely see the trellis! This one might flower this year if it keeps growing like this.
The Ibervillea vines are growing steadily along the round trellis. The caudex is visibly bigger than when it was dormant too. I love how it’s able to grow like this in a pot this shallow. It’s getting wider instead of just growing down.
The round trellis works really well with the Ibervillea seedling at the moment. The vine is still growing fairly quickly, even though it should have gone dormant weeks ago.
I’ve started to train my Ibervillea seedling to grow around a round trellis. It’ll look so neat once the leaves start growing bigger.
A perfect Ibervillea leaf in the afternoon sun ☘️