1. Yeah I'm lazy and figure they help catch the pests in my greenhouse so I don't clean them away.

  2. Is this a Dioscorea elephantipes? It should be actively growing right now.

  3. It could be sylvatica, hemicrypta, or a hybrid. One of the key traits of hemicrypta is glaucous blue leaves

  4. To me it looks like Eriosyce/Neoporteria/Neochilenia heinrichana or something within that group

  5. Its a gymnocalycium baldianum.

  6. Oh yeah, good call. When it buds it'll be super obvious if it's a gymno

  7. That one looks like A. retusus scapharostroides. I’m not saying it is - the forms are variable and the subtypes are not so clear cut. It’s beautiful nevertheless

  8. That’s a very beautiful, well-grown kotsch’. “Pancake, not pineapple” is my motto!

  9. Keep in mind that these are winter growers. If you are in the northern hemisphere, it should be active right now.

  10. The plant kingdom is extremely diverse, even within limited geographical regions. Here's a question - why do bears hibernate during the winter and humans don't? It's similar to various classes of plants - the variables differ on a case by case basis.

  11. It’s called etiolation. It’s elongated growth a plant puts out when it’s desperate for light.

  12. How long have you had it? They aren’t particularly photoperiod sensitive. Watering when it’s squishy is probably the culprit. These are drought deciduous plants, they need water to stay active.

  13. I should’ve clarified but when I say squishy I don’t mean I can easily deform the sides by pinching it, I water when it no longer feels rock solid. If I were to estimate- perhaps when the outer couple milimeters have minor give. I figured it would be able to withstand that considering the climate pachypodiums experience in situ but it seems I was wrong

  14. They do withstand that in habitat, but that doesn't they don't drop their leaves. You're not doing your plant any favors by assuming it would prefer not being watered to being watered. When my plants are actively growing, I never let the substrate dry. In the hottest part of the summer in Los Angeles where I grow my plants outdoors in full exposure, I water them daily.

  15. It’s just not an indoor plant. Even with a grow light, these plants need real heat to thrive. Indoors they get sickly and prone ti diseases and pests.

  16. This looks like Pachypodium succulentum, which is not a cactus. Losing leaves during winter is normal, they are deciduous. If it wants to topple, let it topple - that’s what this species does.

  17. I have a couple of panels from the same company. I really love them. Those blooms are incredible!

  18. I strongly disagree that this should be kept warm and dry for rooting. These plants are from Namaqualand and winter growers. They grow in areas prone to flooding and are sometimes submerged for days.

  19. It could be a hybrid, though I haven’t actually seen a hybrid. The reason I say this is because D. hemicrypta leaves are glaucous with a slightly blue cast, and I don’t see that expressed on your plant. But that might be related to growing conditions and light exposure. Still, the caudex looks like hemicrypta and not elephantipes or another species in cultivation, sylvatica.

  20. Anything Miracle-Gro is going to be bad for desert plants. Peat moss degrades over time and makes the perfect biome for anaerobic microbiota that cause root rot. Peat is also really difficult to rehydrate once it dries out, so you end up having this condition where your plant is parched even when you are watering. It’s horrible for aeration, no matter how much inorganic material you put in. Perlite is not a permanent medium. It will collapse over time and choke roots. Please let go of any idea that these plants need organic medium. In habitat they grow in nutrient poor mostly limestone soils.

  21. They start flowering when they are around 10 years old if they are frequently repotted to make them size up. Keep in mind that they are dioecious and most plants are going to be male.

  22. Has anyone ever managed to graft them to make them grow quicker?

  23. I’m not sure, but I don’t think it it would be practical since the vines are deciduous

  24. Socotra is on my bucket list for just this reason. Dragons Blood trees and many others found nowhere else on earth. Hope things cool off in Yemen and I can go at some point.

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