A pic before and after a nice pot upgrade. I realized that it’s been a while since they were last repotted. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a pic of their roots, but I can tell you that they were a tangled mess. The soil started drying out very quickly after a watering and that was my queue to find a bigger pot. It was a bit of a massacre because the roots had attached themselves to the inside of the old pot and a knife was involved in the process. One of the Stapelia branches nearly broke off as well. I think they’re doing okay, though.
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.
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.
The barely 3 year old Stapelia grandiflora has grown too big to fit on my plant table with my other succulents, so I had to find another solution. I found these smaller plant tables in my grocery store and they’re the perfect size! So now my Stapelia has the entire corner of my balcony to itself.
My seed grown Stapelia grandiflora looks fantastic right now! It looks so full and plump after a good watering. The tallest stalk is now 30 cm. Every time they put out another pup, it will grow taller than the stalk it grew from. I wonder when it will reach its max height.
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.
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.
These babies are getting huge! And they’re still multiplying. I’m so happy that they’re doing great. They weren’t very happy indoors this winter, but now they’ve stopped stretching for light. They’re pretty dehydrated, but since they’re outside experiencing the cold weather, I can’t water or they’ll rot instantly.
Two very different Stapelia overwintering outside. It shouldn’t get too cold out there at the moment. I think as long as they’re kept dry, it should be okay. They’ve started to stretch a little bit, so they do need to slow way down until spring.
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.