Xerophyta retinervis

Justin Smith oothal@hotmail.com
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 19:32:24 PDT
Hi Leo,


I got my seed from Silverhills seed in SA. I had very good germination. I put the seed in a sandy/peat mix. I then put the water to them and kept them wet when they sprouted. With lots of sun and water they grew with no problems at all. Though if you transplant them and they are small they will die. They don't like having their roots disturbed so plant them very thinly. It is my understanding that they also like having their roots cramped in a small space.


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There is one key phrase in this that is important. "...seasonally high rainfall regions..." 


I hope that when you forgot to water that you did not throw it out!  It is a resurrection plant and will turn totally brown and dead looking when dried out. 


I dried out one of my plants and gave it as a gift. lol The lady thanked me but gave me a rather disgusted look. She later told me she could not believe that a dead plant could come back to life. 


There are quite a few Vellozia sp. from Brazil from what I can find out. Though information on growing them is non-existent online. I gather also that they are not as tolerant of wet roots as X. retinervis.


Take care



Woodville, TX 8b/9a


> Hello Justin,
> How did you get plants? I got seeds to sprout many times but they never
> grew. They just sat there for months to a year, tiny, until I forgot to
> water.
> I was told some related Brazilian Vellozia species are in cultivation at
> Bonn. The Vellozia I saw in Brazil and Madagascar grew either on rocks in
> shallow detritus mats or in shallow sand over rocks.
> Leo Martin
> Phoenix Arizona USA

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