Tag: stapelia

Stapelia grandiflora, 3 years + 4 months

All of my seed grown Stapelia grandiflora have survived the winter outdoors on the balcony. The weather has been gentle on my plants this year, and even though they haven’t seen much sun, they are all perfectly fine. Now it’s officially spring. It won’t be long until I can safely water my plants again without the risk of rot.

I just had to include an old picture of these pretty guys from August 2017, showing how tiny they were 3 years ago. I’m glad they’re still here. It’s amazing how much just 5 seedlings can multiply, too.

Stapelia grandiflora, 3 years after sowing

My dear Stapelia are looking awesome and massive! I love how they look right now, spilling out of their pot, like a hanging plant. I hope they’re like small pots, because they just keep outgrowing all of the pots I plant them in.
It’s almost time to stop watering as the cold sets in, increasing the risk of rot. I lost part of a stalk last year and I don’t want that to happen again.

Stapelia grandiflora, 2 years + 6 months

My dear Stapelia grandiflora is basking in the sun, having the time of its life. All of the larger stalks are around 20 cm in length and it just keeps growing more. It handles full sun pretty well, but doesn’t like changes in temperature. The weather in Denmark just turned and we’re experiencing freezing temperatures again at night. I’ve seen snow out there as well. So far it’s doing well, but I can’t help checking on it every now and then. This is one of the plants I would hate to lose.

Stapelia grandiflora, 2 years + 5 months

I need to stop calling some of my seed grown plants “seedlings”. These are the fastest growing succulents I’ve grown from seeds and they’re pretty much adult plants at this stage. Only missing the flowers of course.

I had to bring the Stapelia inside because they started to prune up a bit too much from the lack of water. It’s still a bit too chilly outside at night and I can’t water the more sensitive plants yet. Since I brought them in and gave them a good watering, they have started to grow again. I’m hoping that the dry, chilly period will help the flowers form this spring or summer.

Update on my Stapelia variegata flower

Update on the Stapelia variegata flower. It matured overnight and now smells like an old trash bag. Very lovely. I put it outside on the balcony with my other overwintering succulents just after I took these pictures.


Quick edit: My glass panels on the balcony are all closed to prevent the succs from getting cold, but it also prevents fresh air from getting in. The heat and sun must have somehow reacted with the flower. Everything out there now smells like a 7 year old rotten room temperature meatloaf. Jesus Christ.

The Stapelia is flowering!

So today I buried my father and lost my grandfather. My very first carrion flower decided to open too. I’d like to think it took so long to develop because it knew exactly when to flower.

It’s exactly the kind of flower I wanted, though. Now I can officially call my previously unidentified plant a Stapelia variegata.

Edit: Thank you guys for the support. This is also kind of an explanation to why I have been taking breaks from this blog.