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    I just bought three carrion plants the other day and was wondering how to take care of them, especially the watering frequencies. They are S. gettleffi, S. carion, S. gigantica

    Ive put them under two floro bulbs and they seem to be doing fine now. I water them about once a week.

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    Keep them warm, in as much light as possible. Stapelia like richer soil than most succulents. They are in no way cold hardy. The soil should be light, fast draining and NEVER wet. I have had plants survive for a year without water. Some of the flowers have a really beautiful scent, sort of a cross between a sick babies diaper left in a plastic bag in the sun for a month, and a decomposing muskrat.

    Creepy plants they are. Ugh.
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    Yeah the main reason I bought them was because of the awsome flowers they make, theyre some of the most interesting ive ever seen.
    Well than I guess I better stop watering them than and just let them be until they start to stress. thanks for the advice

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    Some Stapelia definitely cannot take full sun. They turn red and then black before they perish. During the hottest part of the year I keep mine where they only get direct sun until noon, then they are somewhat shaded but still bright light. I water about once a week, but the soil is made up mostly of sand and course gravel so it drains very fast. If the soil drains fast and the humidity is low you should be able to water more often. I have a particularly nice plant (hirsuta) that has a flower that resembles a dead mouse/rat and smells about the same. I enjoy watching the flies lay eggs on the flowers just to have their maggots die from lack of rotten meat. Nothing quite like a garden full of flowering Stapelia and devil's claws. Now if I can just get some Amorphophallus to flower!

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    Im starting to see some problems in my Stepla plants.

    In both the S. gigantica and S. gettlffi the flower buds are starting to wilt away, and in the S. carion one of the main stocks is starting to drop. I havent waterd them since I recieved them and the soil dosent appear to be too dry. I wonder if the soil may be too moist and that the roots are starting to root. What is a good indicator of early root rot.

    any help would be much appreciated thanks

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    i have a gigantea but dont have the other too. they are awesome plants but mine has not flowered yet. its got to this summer! its huge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (RainyCity @ Nov. 11 2004,2:01)]I wonder if the soil may be too moist and that the roots are starting to root. What is a good indicator of early root rot.
    I probably am not the best for info on this group, but no one else seems to want to step up and respond. If the soil is not draining rapidly there is a problem and suggest you repot in a better mix. Add some small gravel or course sand. Make sure there are good drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. If the soil is good and the pot is not drying fast you need to reduce or stop watering (in such a case I assume the humidity is too high). Does the soil feel moist down an inch or so in the medium? If the roots start to rot, you can always take cuttings of the stem and try to root them in a drier mix.

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    My Stapelias don't like sun. They turn yellow. So I put them in the shade and they turn back to a nice green.
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