Fat plant flowers

caudex1August 19, 2007

Pterodiscus

Fockea angustifolia

Avonia alstonii pink

Avonia alstonii white

Ceraria pygmaea

Pachypodium decaryi

Pachypodium densiflorum

Leuchtenbergia principis

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ariole(z7DE)

Many, many great pics.

I really like the pink Avonia flower.

Al

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 12:35PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Very cool blooms you've got there, I esp. like the Pterodiscus. I'm only so-so for some of these fat plants, these blooms do help me see a bit more why folks like them.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 5:57PM
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caudex1

For me the blooms are icing on the cake, it's the caudex,
pachycaul trunk or tuberous roots that draws my admiration.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 9:12AM
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paulzie32(9)

I'm beginning to admire everything about them! Thanks Caudex1! I Love both of your Avonia. The green parts look like little cedar branches.... But the trunks are like scaly vases that hold them! Is that just the way it appears in your pic or is the trunk that tapered?
The Flower on the Fockea angustifolia is really awesome! So Unusual!
Isn't the Leuchtenbergia principis a cactus? I think I had one like that many years ago... but no trunk on mine.
Awesome Collection!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 2:41PM
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caudex1

paulzie,
The Avonia base does taper, but the camera exaggerates it.

Othonna pinnata

O.pinnata open

Pachypodium brevicaule

Boswelia nana

Uncarina peltata

Ipomoea platensis

Ipomoea holubii

Fouquieria fasiculata

Adenium multiflorum

    Bookmark   August 31, 2007 at 7:40PM
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flora2(7)

Your pictures take my breath away. Truly beautiful.
Thanks

    Bookmark   September 12, 2007 at 4:40AM
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paulzie32(9)

Absolutely! Your Pics are Great! I'm sure the plants have a lot to do with it though! ;-) But you do take great pics!
Now, what's the difference between your Ipomoea and the Morning glory seeds people plant and grow in their gardens? The Leaves on the Ipomoea holubii look very different... and do you just lift the tubers above the soil line?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2007 at 4:13PM
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caudex1

The common morning glory is Ipomoea purpurea, but there are many varieties from around the world holubii is from South Africa, platensis is native Paraguay.

Here's an platensis that I slowly raised the tubers.


BTW, I made the pot.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2007 at 6:52PM
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paulzie32(9)

So, you do just raise the tuberous "roots" of most of these plants?
The definition of caudex is The thickened, usually underground base of the stem of many perennial herbaceous plants, from which new leaves and flowering stems arise.
So I guess so? I never knew. So I suppose I could technically use a sweet potato!
I was in WalMart Tonight and they had some small trees (only about 2 feet tall) that had very thick trunks/roots.. but they looked more like strangler figs or some type of ficus... they could have been bonsais, but they weren't trimmed or trained and were in about 1gallon pots... maybe a bit smaller. If I had room, I'd have bought one.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2007 at 7:43PM
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caudex1

Usually I leave the tuberous roots/caudex buried or if I purchase a plant that has been exposed I rebury it. I'm not sure why but having it/them buried increases the girth faster.
Once it gets to a the size I want then I start raising it. Just have to protect the newly exposed roots from the sun, they can burn very quickly.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2007 at 12:11AM
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stanofh

The common 4 O'clock(Mirabilis) can also be raised. Cheap and fast fat plant.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2007 at 10:56AM
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roxxanne

Tell me about the 4'Oclock. I normally grow these from seed in my yard but read recently they are tuberous. What do I need to do to raise them as a fat plant?
Roxanne

    Bookmark   September 28, 2007 at 11:27AM
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caudex1

roxxanne,
I would leave in the ground for a few of years for it to gain some size quickly. Once it is raised the girth increases slows.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2007 at 9:23AM
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reiver(DFW)

They are all so amazing! Thank you for sharing and for having such a good eye for photography. The Ipomoea holubii is my favorite. The hole in the middle, is that a trait, something you did or just a lucky accident of nature?
Thanks,
Mike

    Bookmark   September 30, 2007 at 11:35AM
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xerophyte_nyc(7)

caudex1

Have you ever attempted to give Adenium free root run during the growing season to bulk them up, and then pull them out of the ground and root-trim for winter containerizing? I would like to try that myself next spring, but I have yet to encounter anyone who has attempted it first.

x

    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 6:55PM
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caudex1

I've thought about it, maybe next year I'll pick up a small one and see what happens. That reminds me, I have a few A.socotranum seedlings....

One I will bed out for sure next spring is Adenia pechueli. Saw a photo of one that was put in with a 1in diameter and 8yrs later it's has a 10in diameter.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 9:25PM
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xerophyte_nyc(7)

Where'd you get the socotranums? Are you sure they're not the 'thai socotranum' which are really arabicum?

    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 10:48PM
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caudex1

I got them from Miniatree Garden in Tempe AZ. They had some 3/4" x 1 1/2" seedlings during the summer. They look like socotranum, but I've never seen thai socotranum seedlings.

Here is a link that might be useful: Miniatree Garden

    Bookmark   October 6, 2007 at 6:09AM
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xerophyte_nyc(7)

I was asking because the true A socotranum are extremely rare and are expensive when available. The only time I ever recall seeing them for a reasonable price was when Huntington Gardens offered seedlings for $35 a few years back in limited quantity. If you were to look for one today, seedlings could fetch $100+, much more for larger plants.

Thai socotranum are not rare at all, they are a strain of A arabicum that make a fat caudex and superficially resemble A socotranum. The real A socotranum are winter growers and are leafless most of the summer.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2007 at 7:36AM
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caudex1

Never said they were cheap ;)

>>>"The real A socotranum are winter growers and are leafless most of the summer."

That would explain why the leafed out after the summer heat.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2007 at 12:50PM
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fayruzf

wanted fockea edulis asap please let me know if ur selling im from uk bham uk england will pay post etc also price

    Bookmark   October 8, 2007 at 12:18AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Fantastic,I love caudiciforms,flowers or no!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2007 at 2:56PM
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radovan

caudex1 , your plants are amazing, I wish I am your neighbour so I can visit you every day. Very good work!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2008 at 9:37AM
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treehaus(4)

Caudex, if you do not mind my asking, I would love to know about all of your neat earth-hewn looking pots - I see the one you made, but what about the one containing Ipomoea holubii? - did you make it too? Does the material you made the pot from confer on it any special characteristics you like your pots to have? It's not hypertufa is it?

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 5:25PM
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caudex1

Did not make the container the holubii is in. The pots are made using earthenware clay, and tend to use the darker colors more often. Have tried some glazing but haven't been happy with them. I like the course texture as most of my pots are made that way.

Usually I make the pot with the plant intended to go in it. The container I just finished was made with my large Cyphostemma juttae in mind. The pot measures 19in wide x 14in deep x 9in tall and the juttae is 21in tall x 25in spread x 14in diameter at soil level.

I've made a couple of small hypertufa years ago but nothing lately.

See link for more photos.

Here is a link that might be useful: more pots

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 9:21AM
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donger(z5 Mich)

Caudex1
That Lichtenbergia is amazing. Mine just flowered for the first time this summer. I finally have a house that gets too much sun in the summer for some plants. A good problem to have if cultivating cacti.

Enjoy,
Shawn

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 12:50PM
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treehaus(4)

Thanks for sharing Caudex, those are truly fantastic.

Mike

    Bookmark   February 24, 2008 at 3:24PM
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caudex1

Pelargonium hystrix

    Bookmark   February 26, 2008 at 9:53PM
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