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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Aug 8, 2016 9:31 PM CST
My stapelia has been doing so good since I brought it home; it made three new branches right away and seemed to be loving the light from my big window. I water it about once every 1.5 weeks, but now all of the sudden I have noticed a change. The plant is leaning now and starting to curve, and is no longer firm to the touch but squishy. Can someone help? This is one of my favorites and I don't want anything to happen to it.

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 9, 2016 8:55 AM CST
It may be getting too dry.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Aug 9, 2016 9:04 AM CST
Also, I think it could use more light, Gene
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Stush2019
Aug 9, 2016 9:26 AM CST
Sorry to inform you, Stapelias don't grow straight up like yours. They will sooner or later fall along the ground and re-root and mine only booms on the stocks that are hanging down. When it's warm out, I put mine outside and let them have all the water they want. In full sun, they darken up to a more purplish color. Let it slowly get used to being in full sun. It may take weeks for it to get used to full sun.

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 9, 2016 9:37 AM CST
Leaning happens in lower light, and from stems creeping past the edge of the pot with no soil in which to take root and continue the clumping formation.
(Edited to say, not my pic, but looks like an amazingly happy clump:)
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Stush2019
Aug 9, 2016 9:42 AM CST
Tiffany, what a nice picture of 'Gigantea'. Is that another in the ground plant of yours? Maybe I'll start putting all my asclepiads in the ground during spring/summer. Giving them the fall to get used to being potted up again.
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Baja_Costero
Aug 9, 2016 9:58 AM CST
I put my plant in the ground a couple of years ago because it tended to get gigantic in pots. I was constantly rooting cuttings to start new plants which could replace the mother and take up less space. Once it was in the ground it slowed down greatly, probably because it was getting water half as often and never getting nutrients. Still flowers, though. Thumbs up

It is much more active in summer and early fall, which is when it did most of its growing when I had it in pots. My in-ground plant seems to suffer a bit from our total lack of rainfall during its active period.

The plant in the picture needs more light and will tip over out of the pot, at the rate it's going. Like Stush pointed out, a sideways and downward growth pattern is totally normal. For a while I was growing mine in a big pot on top of a clay chimney and it filled in nicely below, to the point where most of the plant was below the level of the soil. In order to keep your plant as compact as possible, given this behavior, very strong light makes a difference. My plants were always in full sun. Indoors try to provide hours of daily sun. The plant will fill whatever size pot you give it but I would think a container with about 4 times the volume of the current one would be about right in the near future.
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 9, 2016 2:50 PM CST
Sorry, I completely failed to make it clear that the link I was pasting was to a random pic I found, not my pic. Stush, I can't encourage or discourage you because I'm not fully aware of all of the variables you might have but in general, I've had a blast putting my plants in ground when weather permits. There have been a few instances of armadillo & squirrel damage, and weather incidents, any risks should be assessed by each plant'ster. You can't just (as) quickly grab a plant in the ground & run inside with it...

Putting my few plants in the ground the past couple summers has yielded great results, all upright growth. During their stay inside, they don't do much because they aren't given priority near a window. Hopefully having a GH will help with my winter etiolation issues, the time will be here soon... shudder! I just want my plants to look/be healthy & *bloom* when appropriate.

The dangling look is cool, I wasn't knocking it. I've put some Stapelia in a hanging pot last weekend with the thought that it might dangle over the edge sooner or later.
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Name: Lindsey
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Aug 9, 2016 3:59 PM CST
So what should I do with my Stapelia? I transplanted it today and put it in my Southern window instead of my Western. I also gave it a good drink. Any other suggestions? Since they normally don't grow tall like mine, should I do anything about it?
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 9, 2016 4:56 PM CST
I think it will like what you did, and that it looks pretty good. I don't think I ever did say what a cool pot that is. Like a bi-level double triangle thing? I love a unique pot! Any idea what you'll put in that one now?
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Aug 9, 2016 6:40 PM CST
Thank you very much!! I actually made it myself; it is a set of 5!(: I put in one of my mammillarias (:
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purpleinopp
Aug 10, 2016 5:05 PM CST
Beyond cool!
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Aug 12, 2016 9:59 AM CST
Just by transplanting my stapelia and moving it to the other window, it is firm again! Thanks everyone. (:

slothfullebanese
Aug 13, 2016 3:52 AM CST
Thats a cool pot, where did you get it.
Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Aug 13, 2016 2:49 PM CST
slothfullebanese said:Thats a cool pot, where did you get it.


Thank you!! I actually made it, it is a set of 5 pots of varying sizes! (:
Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Aug 15, 2016 11:50 AM CST
I am so grateful for this discussion on stapelias - I have two and they are both outgrowing their pots - will repot them very soon. Also last week I over watered my bigger one and the original part got very soft and yellow. I was able to rescue most of the plant and it is now outside. BTW Lindsey, I also love your pots!
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 20, 2016 1:21 PM CST
Your cool pot made me determined to put something together last weekend that was attractive. There's still a fugly plastic pot involved, but it will soon be hidden by foliage. I guess this is a wine rack, this taking-up-shed-space item. There's some wine-colored foliage...
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Aug 20, 2016 1:23 PM CST
Hahaha oh my gosh I love it, fugly plastic pot and all! Cool idea, love the plants. (:
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purpleinopp
Aug 20, 2016 1:44 PM CST
TY! I still have the urge to make something. We'll see what happens...
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