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.
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.
Another little teaser. The unidentified Stapelia flower still hasn’t opened, but it’s growing much bigger than I thought it would. I’m still hoping for a Stapelia variegata.