Orbea variegata in BX 327

Leo A. Martin leo@possi.org
Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:29:09 PDT
Orbea variegata (formerly Stapelia v.) is not a bulb. It is, however, easy
to grow and bloom in a 4" / 10cm pot. Anybody who likes the coloration of
Ferraria flowers will appreciate these, which, unlike its stapeliad
relatives, have no aroma whatsoever.

It is perhaps best handled in a hanging basket or in the ground as it
sprawls. It survives overnight frosts if growing under a shrub but not
sustained freezing. Seeds sprout within 2-3 days during warm weather and
grow rapidly for a succulent. It doesn't seem to care what kind of soil it
occupies. It is susceptible to snails, slugs and mealybugs.

I requested some to introduce some genetic variability into my collection.

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

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