Stapelia glanduliflora – Glandular Stapelia
Stapelia glanduliflora (Glandular Stapelia or Glandular Flowered Stapelia) is a low, perennial plant with erect, fleshy, four-angled stems that bear rows of…
Cultivation of Stapelias in Vancouver
Stapelia gigantea does quite well indoors or under glass in the summer in Vancouver. The stems reach about nine inches tall and just over an inch thick. My plants begin budding in mid-June and are in bloom from early July to the end of August.
Water them well in hot weather and extra just before the flowers open, but keep them partially shaded as they tend to scorch. The flowers are about 8 - 10 inches across, densely covered in pink hairs, and smell like very stale chicken meat. They are light yellow with many concentric pink lines. The overall look is very fleshy. My plants are resistant to rot, but (of course) prone to mealy bug infestation. On the first day of every second month of the growing season, I treat them with Malathion as a preventative measure.
Stapelia leendertziae also does very well in Vancouver. The stems are more slender than S. gigantea, and slightly taller. My plants flower in August with very large bell-shaped blooms. They are usually about 3" deep and 5 or 6" across. These are very dark red, almost a claret colour and smell like an open drain, somewhat stronger than S. gigantea. Again, they like a fair amount of water in the summer and even throughout the winter, though only about a third from mid-November to early March.
Planting stapelia gigantea
When to plant
The best seasons to plant the beautiful Zulu giant is during the fall. It is at this seasons that the conditions are likely to get as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It can grow indoors and therefore you should bring it indoors when temperatures get that too low.
Where to plant
The plant is not cold hardy, and it will be to plant in conditions that will favor its growth. Stapelia gigantea will do well in a full to partial sun. An area that will get at least 6 hours of sunlight is the best location for your succulent plant.
A southern facing window will be excellent if you will opt to grow it as an indoor plant.
How to plant
There is nothing easier than planting stapelia gigantea. You only need to get individual containers where you will place a well-draining potting mix. The potting mix will need to dry between watering.
Ensure that the container locates in a nice place that will give it a happy growth. Warm temperatures and potting mix are the best provisions that you should take care of when planting the stem cuttings on the containers.