Stapelia gigantea is a flowering succulent that looks like a clumping, ground-covering, and often cascading cactus. It shows its truly unique nature in autumn, however, when massive, red, silky flowers blossom, releasing a smell many have likened to rotting flesh. Expect these blooms to attract flies, which pollinate the plant. Price includes planter.
Price includes planter.
Native to South Africa and Tanzania.
Provide a few hours of direct sun for Stapelia gigantea, protecting it from the most intense midday and early afternoon sun, which can burn the plant’s surface.
Water to respond to the moisture in the soil. Stapelia gigantea wants the soil to dry out completely between waterings. During the summer, this will happen more frequently than it will in the winter.
To propagate, take cuttings in spring and let callus for a couple of weeks. Then plant cuttings in fresh cactus soil that is slightly moist. Fertilize: Stapelia gigantea does not require fertilizer, though it can be added to give container grown plants a boost or to supplement poor soil during the spring and summer growing season.
This plant is potted in a 6” Terra-cotta cylinder.
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