Thursday, November 27, 2008
Look what I scored on ebay
After seeing Cheryl's bloom in person, ebay called out to me. For $9.99 plus shipping, here's what I got. I hope to be able to share stem sections as the plant matures. This highly-rated ebay seller also offers lots of epi varieties. http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/mattslandscape
GIANT STAPELIAD - Has 10"+ diameter blooms, likes simular soil mix as Epis-kinda rich it likes fertilizer in warm months, little or no fert in cold months. Blooms from July to Nov. and occassionally at other times (in my climate,bloom times maybe longer shorter depending on your location). Like most Stapelias it has a pungent smell the first day the blooms open to attract insects to reproduce itself, but mainly its only the first day open. The blooms are huge and look like 5" balloons before opening. Easy to root and grow, just change the soil in spring if you want lots of blooms and fertilize when you fertilize your other plants, not a picky plant likes alot of water too except Dec to feb when its resting or semi-dormant, just dont let it go completely dry. The pictures below shows one close up and a full shot to show how it grows, its in a large 24" opening basket to give you an idea of scale/size. The stems can grow even longer but they interfere with other plants i may have beneath it so i cut them off, new shoots emerge laterally from the main stem,self branching and self duplicating but if you want alot give it some help and you will have even more. Almost too easy to grow, doesnt really need maturity to bloom only fert and rootbound helps so many plants in one basket is best. One thing that can kill it- cannot go below freezing! Other than that its foolproof! Really easy to grow. If you remove some early developing buds on each stem leaving only one you can get 12" + blooms too!
This auction is for 1 large branch 10"+ Long of GIANT STAPELIAD with at least 3 + stems attached ,all the stems if separated can be rooted, but this will be sent as a big piece. GIANT STAPELIAD Is an easy to grow Stapelia that grows and roots very easy and is a reliable bloomer every season.
Buyer pays $5.95 s/h to the lower 48 states, i'am willing to ship to more areas but additional shipping cost may apply. After first auction shipping is actual cost via U.S.P.S. Priority mail, just let me know when your ready and i'll combine all for you.
Please e-mail me if you have any questions
THANKS FOR LOOKING AND HAPPY STAPELIAD & EPI GROWING!