Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Starfish cactus flower

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Gothicgardener
Dec 5, 2013 9:11 AM CST
Here is a photo of stages of my starfish cactus from bud to bloom. It was beautiful.


Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Dec 5, 2013 9:23 AM CST
Very pretty! Is this the Stapelia gigantea? Nice! Thumbs up
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Dutchlady1
Dec 5, 2013 9:29 AM CST
@ Gothicgardener, you might want to put these pictures in the database! Very nice!
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Gothicgardener
Dec 5, 2013 10:26 AM CST
Thanks! It is a stapelia gigantea. I had it for many years and this is the first year it bloomed!
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terrafirma
Dec 5, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Hurray! Congrats! It is beautiful, and I agree with Hetty…Add these to the DB!!!! Thumbs up
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Gothicgardener
Dec 5, 2013 10:53 AM CST
Thank you! I just added it to the DB along with another one! I love it when my plants reward me with flowers. Big Grin
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tarev
Dec 5, 2013 11:42 AM CST
Lovely bloom! Thanks for sharing it! So does it smell?
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Stush2019
Dec 6, 2013 11:36 AM CST
Goth,
Is this the only stapelia you have? They have some in almost black or dark red/purple. I ordered seeds of all different kinds and hope to get many colors. Only problem, it takes years to see results. Check trades.
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Gothicgardener
Dec 6, 2013 8:37 PM CST
This is the only stapelia I have. How are your new plants doing? I started mine from a cutting.
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Stush2019
Dec 7, 2013 9:26 AM CST
Watch for rot during winter time. During spring is the best time to start with stem cuttings. I wanted a lot of different colors so the best way is to grow from seed.
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Gothicgardener
Dec 7, 2013 2:16 PM CST
I barely water mine in the winter. I've been growing this one for years and haven't had a problem with rot yet. Smiling
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Stush2019
Dec 7, 2013 5:30 PM CST
My seeds were just planted yesterday. In a few days I'll post a picture of them. I went hog wild this time. I need help stopping myself! Got some fancy aloe hybrids and Duckia fancy mix. Also sending for Clivia seeds next. The variegated kind from China. Got to stop myself soon. No space or room.
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Gothicgardener
Dec 7, 2013 8:17 PM CST
Same here lol I trade on gardenweb.com. I have traded my stapelia cuttings many times over the years. If you go there you can get unusual seeds or cuttings from trades. I got most of my black flower garden seeds from traders!
@tarev it smells horrible! I picked it off my plant the next day, because it made my whole house stink. If it bloomed while it was still warm out, then it wouldn't have been so bad, because the plant is outside.
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tarev
Dec 7, 2013 8:40 PM CST
Thanks gothicgardener, I was wondering about that, since the pic showed it is growing indoors heheh! A stinky beauty Big Grin
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sheryl
Dec 7, 2013 9:24 PM CST
Yeah, not exactly a flower you'd give your mom, lol....

Good luck, Stush - looking forward to pics!
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Stush2019
Dec 8, 2013 11:53 AM CST
Goth,
There's a lot of us here from G.W. Didn't see your name before, or you may have used a different one. Made good friends both places. Seems gardeners are the nicest people.
Thanks for the encouragement all.
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Gothicgardener
Dec 8, 2013 8:55 PM CST
@Stush2019 I go by another name on G.W. I'm tamelastar. I hang out in the trade sections, citrus, and this time of year winter sowing. I tip my hat to you.
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Stush2019
Dec 9, 2013 12:17 PM CST
How do you do I tip my hat to you.

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