Stapelia family lactoflavin came to us from distant South Africa and Namibia. Outwardly, it resembles a cactus, although they are not, but are succulents. The stems of this plant are succulent, usually quadrangular, densely branched at the base, and the flowers are extraordinarily beautiful. They have the form of a geometrically regular five-pointed star, is of sufficiently large size (30 cm). Flowers fleshy, covered with wrinkles, grooves, hairs. And the colors they fancy – from yellow and purple to leopard-spotted. It is also interesting to smell them. These unpleasant flowers smell like rotten meat. In natural conditions, they also attract plenty of pollinators-flies.

The types of stapelia

This plant is diverse, mainly due to the difference in the colors, the stems are almost identical. There are such kinds: colorful, giant, large -, changeable, telesistema, stateswatch, however, the most common the first three.

Stapelia, variegated

It is also called variable. It is the most common of all kinds. It is distinguished by stunted stems without edges. Her flowers are light yellow, wrinkled, with dark brown spots and stripes. Blossoms mostly in the period from May to September, with small flowers. In a state of not flowering, the eye is not very pleasing.

Stapelia giant

Enjoys great popularity among fans of the crop, its interesting specimens can also be found in Botanical gardens. The flowers are pale yellow, pale, but have a relatively large size, diameter of Corolla to 35 cm, for which she received such a name. The flower petals have fine hairs. The smell is not expressive, but it is unpleasant.

Stapelia grandiflora

Grandiflora is the name of a large-flowered stapel. The most common in home floriculture. Although the flowers are large, but smaller than the giant. The petals have a purple color, bloom mainly in summer for 5 days and have an unpleasant sharp smell.

Care at home

This flower is low-maintenance, grow it simply. Lighting should be bright but diffused, without direct sun, especially in summer. Better suited the Western and Eastern direction. In summer the plant well to make the street.

The temperature for the content from spring to autumn is maintained at + 22 - + 26 ° C. In autumn the plant is prepared for the winter rest period, gradually reducing the temperature to 16 ° C. In such conditions, it is contained throughout the winter.

The humidity of the environment it is not significant. The dry air of our apartments, she takes great.

During its growth, watering should be moderate, only after drying of the substrate. In winter reduce watering (1-2 times per month). It should be noted that in a warmer environment the plant contains, the more often it needs moisture.

Fertilize the plant only in spring and summer with special fertilizers for succulents in the manufacturer's recommended dosage. Particular attention should be given to potassium top dressing, in which the flower has an increased need.

Transplantation at a young age should be performed annually, and in the adult – every 3 years. The pots should be shallow, one-third laid their drainage. A highly sandy substrate, for example, a mixture of humus with coarse sand.

Stapelia blooms are not what to do?

If your indoor miracle has ceased to please you with flowers, you should feed it with fertilizers and change the lighting.

Why yellow?

If the flower will not have enough light, it will start to turn yellow. In this case it is necessary to rejuvenate the Bush through cuttings is the only chance to save him.

Reproduction of stapely

This flower can be propagated by stem cuttings and seeds.

Cuttings

Cuttings to propagate them much easier and faster. To take better cuttings from older shoots. You need to cut the cuttings and dry during the day. Planted in a pot with a light substrate and placed in a well-lighted place. It is best to fit the sill. They are rooted very well.

Stapelia from seed

After it fades, fruit appears on the spot of the flowers, with numerous seeds. Another year is required for the seeds to ripen, for this they are sown in sandy soil. A month later, sprouted sprouts are transplanted into deeper pots, and after one year, the plant is planted independently.