Cultivation of Ceropegiads

Most growers of succulent plants have their own special techniques and soil mixtures.. This is certainly also the case with all collectors who grow ceropegiads. But I also know that many are put off by failure to grow them. Apart from a few species mat will adapt to most kinds of climate and growing conditions, most species require special attention, while some are virtually impossible to keep alive for long periods. Continue reading “Cultivation of Ceropegiads”

Stapeliads, morphology and pollination

Stapeliads are succulents with beautiful flowers with a smell that does not match their beauty at all. Distributed mainly in Africa, a few species can also be found in Europe, and quite a few in Asia.

Their flowers are unique, not only due to the bizarre beauty, but also due to the unusual reproductive structures. Even the pollination mechanism has no parallel in the plant kingdom. Continue reading “Stapeliads, morphology and pollination”

The Southern African genera of the stapeliads

The group of plants known collectively as the stapeliads are stem-succulents which belong to the expanded concept of the family Apocynaceae. Formerly they were treated in the family Asclepiadaceae.

However, since this has been repeatedly shown to be nested within the Apocynaceae, they are now placed within the tribe Ceropegieae of the subfamily Asclepiadoideae of the Apocynaceae (Endress & Bruyns, 2000). Altogether they consist of about 330 species which are found exclusively in the Old World from near the southernmost tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas to the southern shores of Europe in Spain and eastward to Arabia and India. The easternmost area where they are found is in the dry region of central Myanmar along the great Irrawaddy River. Out of the total of about 330 species, nearly 180 are found in southern Africa, so that they are particularly well represented in this region. While this is a small number compared to the roughly 1 800 species of succulent Aiioaceae that occur in southern Africa, it is still significantly more than in many other groups of succulents.

The Southern African genera of the stapeliads

The last detailed account of the whole group was that of Alain C. White and Boyd L. Sloane. This massive three-volume work of slightly less than 1 200 pages was published in 1937. White & Sloane grew many of these plants in their own collection in California and had an intimate knowledge of them.

The Southern African genera of the stapeliads

How To Propagate Cactus – A Plant Project

Cactus are good plants for containers. They are type of plants that can be combined in one pot for variation. Cactus are plants with different shapes and colors. Since they are long lasting plants, cactus plants are pretty decorations for any room in the house and they provide best accent to the house the whole year. Continue reading “How To Propagate Cactus – A Plant Project”

Before You Start Your Raised Garden Bed

Raised garden beds are ideal for the individual who would like to make weeding easier and avoid pests like snails or slugs. It’s also helpful for someone who has trouble bending over all the way to the ground or has a yard without the best soil for growing. In addition, they are a good way to provide an extra layer of protection from heavy rains or other bad weather (actually for cactus lovers in nothern states).

Being able to customize your raised garden beds to your own needs and specifications is an important part of gardening. Being able to use the soil you want, and only that soil, will usually have a positive effect on your product. However, it is important to make sure that you have all of the tools and knowledge necessary to complete this project on time and on budget. Continue reading “Before You Start Your Raised Garden Bed”