Tylecodon

caudex1November 3, 2012

atropurpureus

paniculata

wallichii

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TT, zone 5b MA

Nice! Wish I could get my paniculata to branch like that...seems like it only buds from existing branches for me.

T

    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 12:32PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

That is totally Awesome, WOWZERS...

    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 12:40PM
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tessa_leonie

Amazing, hope my baby wallichii will grow up that nice.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 2:52PM
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noki

Any of these Tylecodon easier than others?

Like the Tylecodon wallichii, thou I'm sure to get branching like that would take years with expert care.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 2:20AM
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caudex1

These are all easy to grow. I've had them 15-20yrs with no issues. The geophyte varieties are more touchy.

wallichii is painfully slow in containers, but put in the ground with plenty of light and watch out. That goes for other pachycaul Tylecodon as well

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 5:44PM
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noki

Got a baby Tylecodon wallichii, looks like a Troll Doll! Guess it is in it's young hippy stage of life.

How poisonous are these leaves? Should I be worried if these tube leaves drop off and my dog, for what reason, gives it a try? My dog is very picky, but who knows why some plants attract dogs.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 12:51PM
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bronxfigs

Is it true that T. paniculata...and possibly the others, are Summer dormant, and sprout leaves and grow when temps. cool, and days are short? How does that work in NYC? If that's the case, these plants would be growing in the weakest natural lighting, and through the cool dark days of Winter. I would think weak, etiolated growth would result.

I wanted to try T. paniculata but was turned off by the Summer-dormant thing. Any way to get around this?

Just curious.

Frank

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 4:49PM
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cactusmcharris

Frank,

For me it's true, and they grow in the winter, dormant in the summer (in fact, it's a plant that spends all of its time in the house, sadly), just like they would back home in Namibia / SW Cape, I guess. It doesn't matter what season / location you're in, the plants time themselves to grow when their DNA tells them to do so, IME.

Here my T. is in early October, beginning its growth in September. It's been repotted since then, so I need to get another pic.

This one-bulbed plant of A. spiralis was nothing but a husk throughout the late spring / summer, and I had feared that I had lost it, but some watering in August and a little more in September and it liveth yet.

Any way to get around this - no, I don't think so, but why would you want to? It will grow for you in NYC, you just need to take some additional care, in fact the same but at the opposite times as that for your Cyphos - they're plants the same but different.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 7:36PM
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bronxfigs

cactus:

Thanks for the additional comments.

My concern was keeping this plant growing well in such low light levels...and thought if I learned some cultural "tricks", I could get these plants to slow down in my Winter months, like my Cyphos....but this ain't gonna happen, I guess. My Cyphos have done very well, and they are now entering the quiescent phase. The leaves are starting to shrivel and drop off. Very, very strange plants these Cyphos.

I might just try to grow a T. paniculatus along with the new Cypho. bainesii that I just ordered.

I swore to myself not to buy any new plants until next year. Yeah, right!

Frank

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 8:10PM
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noki

Is this Tylecodon wallichii supposed to look like this?
Has it just been pampered before by the nursery?

Since it is dormant in Summer, should I set it outside in the sun? Will some natural sun help the plant, even if the leaves have dropped? Does it need a harsh summer?

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 6:36PM
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Jademan2012

Is there anywhere to buy these in Canada?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 4:41PM
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cactusmcharris

Jademan,

I know them not if there are.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 7:25PM
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Jademan2012

Thanks much.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 9:00PM
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