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The Trochomeria and Ibervillea are together at last

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.

Trochomeria macrocarpa, 2 years + 7 months

My Trochomeria macrocarpa hasn’t gotten much attention at all compared to my Ibervillea. They were practically brothers and even germinated on the same grow rack right next to each other. I completely forget about it and it ends up staying bone dry for weeks until I water again. Luckily, caudiciforms can handle that kind of treatment because of their large caudex, in which they store water for dry seasons and forgetful plant moms. My forgetfulness hasn’t prevented it from thriving and putting on a show with lots of new growth.

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.