Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Stapelia seedling question

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 20, 2014 12:06 PM CST
I lost my stapeliad cutting one winter, left them outdoors, so I found out it likes to be dry in winter and likes water in summer. I got another cutting courtesy of Stush, and now I have it indoors now that it is starting to get cold and rainy. Still learning what it prefers..and I will try to learn a lot from watching you grow the little ones! Big Grin
Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 20, 2014 12:15 PM CST
I hope the seedlings continue to do well. I lost quite a few but it was my fault because they were in horrible potting soil that stayed wet too long. I need to remember to stop watering my stapelia plant. Its a habit because when I water all the plants around it, I end up watering it too lol.
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gg5
Nov 20, 2014 4:25 PM CST
I do that same thing - water pouring into the pot "oh wait!! Too late" Sad Rolling on the floor laughing

Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 20, 2014 7:29 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that.
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Stush2019
Nov 24, 2014 4:09 PM CST
I am using a 50% small gravel with compost and perlite and sand. Something that water can drain right thru because I also over water. Also adding phosphate rock for rooting system. Also using a small amount of sulfur to kill fungus to the water. I also noticed my seedlings showed no signs of root rot. My store bought was rooted cuttings which means some part of the stem is below ground. My seedlings still have that stem from the first growth that is above ground. I now re-root my stapelias and Huernias above ground with roots only growing into the ground. Like how nature would do it.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 24, 2014 4:23 PM CST
I got some stapelia cuttings last year and I buried the stems. I tried to keep just the roots under soil but eventually the plant sunk in the pot. I added lots of coarse sand to a potting soil/compost mix. Would pea gravel work?
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Stush2019
Nov 26, 2014 12:25 PM CST
Cameron,
I think you will be ok. It's where you live that matters the most. My winters indoors are too cool for them. This is the hardest time for us.
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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Nov 27, 2014 10:36 AM CST
Ok, so far I haven't lost anymore seedlings. I'll still keep a close eye on them. Thumbs up

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