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    Dorstenia

    do you grow this genus ?

    a example here a Dorstenia foetida

    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 01-08-2011 at 05:57 AM. Reason: Nomenclature adjustment

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    I still have a D. foetida but my other Dorstenias have expired. I guess I kept them too dry. I'm hoping to keep this one alive and grow it large, it has actually shrunk since I got it! LOL

    Have you got any tips? I potted it in the same all mineral mix that I use for all succulents (very little peat) and I almost never fertilize the succulents. I rarely remember to water the succulents since bad things happen when they get watered too often (melt or turn to jelly).

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    Jeff~ I have a Dorstenia Turneraefolia
    http://community.webshots.com/album/578442757sdusSm

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    Swords~ Not all Dorstenia are succulents
    There are tropical & subtropical forms that like filtered light & more water then succulents
    I can't really comment on D. foetida since I don't have one / Would like one though
    But you "Might" try keeping it in a shadier spot & watering a bit more???

    I keep my D. turneraefolia in my greenhouse with my Neps
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    Have it on a bottom shelf in the back of the GH were it's basically in the shade most of the time & water it regularly

    I've had it for about two years now & take it that it likes the conditions it's in since I got it as a small single stalk {about 1 1/2in. tall} with one tiny leaf & it's really taken off & flowers regurly

    DC
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 01-08-2011 at 05:59 AM. Reason: Nomenclature adjustment

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    Oooooh... I want it.
    It reminds me of that plant that could shoot out poison needles from the original Star Trek.
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    Joe, they do launch their ripe seeds!

    DC, I will try giving it more water and more it out of the direct blast of T5s and see how that goes. I wanted to get D. gigas and D. lanata but held off with just these few cheaper more common ones to see how I did with them first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Joe, they do launch their ripe seeds!
    Seed-launching is one of my favorite plant tactics. <3
    Although I think Protea take the cake in that respect - there are some species that spontaneously combust after setting seed in order to clear the brush away for their progeny. o.O
    ~Joe
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    Quote Originally Posted by seedjar View Post
    Seed-launching is one of my favorite plant tactics. <3
    Although I think Protea take the cake in that respect - there are some species that spontaneously combust after setting seed in order to clear the brush away for their progeny. o.O
    ~Joe
    0o REALLY. That is intense, I had not heard of that before.
    LOOKING FOR: N. (argentii x bicalcarata) x {[(lingulata x edwardsiana) x (naga x hamata)] x [(klossii x undulatifolia) x (aristolochioides x rajah)]} Growlist: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=124586

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    @ Joe
    Gee Thanx
    Now I'm Going To Have To Get a Protea Plant So I Can Watch It Spontaneously Combust
    LOL

    @Swords
    Here's some info I found on them / Going to have to get one / I like the odd flowers

    Culture: Dorstenia foetida needs bright light or partial to full shade, with warm temperatures and a well-drained soil mix that must not remain soggy for too long. During the growing season, the plants appreciate a fair amount of water but allow the soil to dry slightly between watering, making sure that they never dry out completely. They have to be kept in a rather high air humidity. They are fertilized once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to the strength recommended on the label. During the winter months they tend to go at least partially dormant and will exhibit some leaf loss. During this period, they should be given very little water.

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