Manfreda maculosa

Dennis Kramb
Sun, 03 Mar 2013 19:42:01 PST
I got seeds of Manfreda maculosa back in September 2011, from PBS BX 284.
(Thank you, Monica!)

I lost some seedlings early from drying out.  The four surviving seedlings
have been growing well indoors on a south-facing windowsill for the last 18
months.  The largest one is in an orchid pot that has the drainage holes on
the side of the pot about 1-inch up from the bottom.  Since it's so happy,
this evening I transplanted all the others into orchid pots too.  To my
surprise one of them was already forming a pup, which I accidentally
knocked off.

I have my fingers crossed that one might bloom this year.  Even if they
don't, I couldn't be happier.  I never expected them to be so happy as
indoor houseplants.  I just love it!

I'm not sure the native habitat of this species (just that it comes from
south Texas and Mexico), but I'm surprised how much water it can take.  The
orchid pots are designed to hold water, and these plants obviously love
that (wet feet, but dry "bulbs").

Dennis in Cincinnati

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