carnivorous plants of the world -- unite!
You might check with Mesa Gardens: http://www.mesagarden.com/o2015.html
Originally Posted by AnIsleAteHer
"Blessed are the cracked….
For they are the ones who let in the light."
I just went through and (finally) gave the small number of my plants (Dioscorea sylvatica) that still needed them their own pots. I also moved everything outside. My current count is 25 plants, of which about 10 have emerged from dormancy. This is after giving away and selling a lot of plants. As far as I'm aware, my only losses were a couple tiny pots with 3 each of the smallest plants in them. I assume the death of a dormant plant, especially if the soil is at all moist, would lead to a rotten tuber/caudex. I'll know for sure which are the survivors after they all emerge from dormancy. Dormancy doesn't seem particularly synchronized in these plants.
An additional note: there are reports that Dioscorea mexicana but not D. elephantipes can be propagated from cuttings (and still grow a caudex, presumably). I tried last year with D. mexicana, and although some of the cuttings remained alive for a while, none rooted. Otherwise the plants need to be grown from seed, and as far as I'm aware the species mentioned here are all dioecious. So both a male and female plant is necessary.
I have a different kind of Dioscorea that vines- it commonly goes by "potato vine" here in the South, is a type of yam, and is considered an invasive species in Florida. Here in Texas, however, it dies back to the tuber during winter, so we do not have the problems with it overtaking brush like Florida does. I love it, it grows very fast and is useful in covering ugly trees and fence lines and such.
Oh yeah, we call it air potato, that thing is horrid, every time you remove it, it comes back from the tubers you missed, took three years to get rid of here
I have one that I bought from seed seller J.L. Hudson as Dioscorea batatas. It's edible, and I believe it's the same as one of the large (up to 3 ft.) elongated tubers found in a lot of markets in California. I don't remember what the name is in markets, but one common name is "Chinese Yam", also "Cinnamon Vine" due to the scent of its flowers. It's not supposed to be invasive here. I think the one that is the more common invasive East of the Rockies is Dioscorea bulbifera. Whether thiese are truly different, and whether everything is correctly named, I don't know.
They had 1 gallon pots of it for sale last week at the wonderful plant sale at Cabrillo College.
Here's an invasive plant description. It looks like it's also invasive in WA and OR, west of the Rockies:
Guys, the vendor I purchased mine from has a few on ebay now. I know there was some interest here and in other threads
ccnursery on eBay
Last edited by AnIsleAteHer; 01-16-2016 at 12:21 PM.
I just happened to find one today at a plant festival, pretty excited haha