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Last night I repotted my Ceropegia Woodii because the leaves were getting smaller and a bit elongated, meaning that my soil was probably too rich. When I got it two years ago I didn’t know it was a succulent. After removing all dirt from the pot, I realized that Ceropegia aren’t just succulents, but also caudiciforms - and 17 fairly big bulbs were filling out the entire 10 cm pot. Oops.

Had to prune off the vines while repotting, but hopefully they will be back soon, stronger than ever.

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The Loneliest “Tree” in the World  

Tucked away in a corner of London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, there is a very peculiar plant. At first glance, it resembles a stumpy palm tree, but this ancient specimen is incredibly rare. It is, in fact, the very last of its kind on Earth.

Encephalartos Woodii is a cycad, a type of plant that once dominated the planet during the Jurassic Period. Over the millennia, the age of the cycad came to an end. And in the case of Encephalartos Woodii, we may have been left with only one—a single male specimen. This tree is the loneliest bachelor on Earth.

via: Great Big Story

Botany is fun

My Ceropegia woodii or chain of hearts blooms often, much to my appreciation! They belong to my favorite flowering plant family, Apocynaceae, which also contains corpse flower or carrion flowers in the Stapelia genus. Also called a corpse flower but in a different family is Amorphophallus titanum, Aracae (the Greek etymology of which is giant misshapen phallus). The huge spathe and spadix inflorescence of A. titanum  smells like- you guessed it- rotting meat, attracting flies and carrion beetles as pollinators. For the curious, I detect no smells from my friend C. woodii. 

Here’s my loot from the 2016 Singapore Garden Festival! Got some stunning sempervivums, portulaca species and some 5cm-pots of succulents. My dad got a nice kokedama and air plants for his office! And of course, I nabbed a string of hearts vine (I’ve been trying to find one for a while now), ceropegia woodii, which I will be hanging in my balcony. Lovely!

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Why does K-MART hate plants so much? 

I have just retired my prop box, but was foolish enough to look at their outdoors plant display, and these were all on the ground. So many plants on the display looked like they were dying or dead, many showed signs of being dropped, others still completely dehydrated.

So I picked up all the viable-looking fragments and got them home, and reactivated my prop tray. Then I ran out of room in the tray, so I had to stick a variegated crassula (?) into a peat pot outside (last picture).

None of the plants had proper ID tags, so most of them I’ll have to wait to identity when they grows out.

I sure hope they all make it!

Especially excited about the variegated ceropegia woodii (string of hearts) and the little fuzzy rosette, which I think is a sempervivum.

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mai-amare 

Hi! I’ve had this plant for a while and I’m still not 100% sure what it is. I’m assuming it’s awn succulent, it’s leaves are thick and it seems to like little water with a bit of misting every now and then. If you have any idea what it is and if it seems healthy that’d be great! The tag only noted it was “still quite rare” it never gave a name. Thank you! :)

ceropegia woodii variegata

It’s nick-named string of hearts, isn’t that cute? It is indeed a succulent. It looks perfectly healthy to me.

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Hi there! I recently purchased this beautiful ceropegia woodii (string of hearts). It’s ~3ft long and seems happy- there’s new growth and it’s in full bloom! As you can see the growth on top is pretty dense and I’m concerned about how I’ll know when to water this plant since I can’t stick my finger down into the soil, or even really see the soil at all! Are there any signs I can look out for? It’s leaves are fleshy like a succulents. Also, the soil in that tiny exposed area seems pretty brittle/spent to my amateur eyes and I’m wondering if I should repot it in fresh soil? It’s currently in the plastic hanging basket that the store had it in, and also I’d like to get a more attractive pot anyway. Do you or your followers have any advice on how to do it without damaging the long vines (which are very prone to tangling)? Thank you!

Response:

This is a very beautiful example of a String of Hearts plant (I’m interested in acquiring one too). When foliage is very dense, you can always use a chopstick and poke it between the foliage, into the soil, then pull it out to see if it’s dry (you should also be able to “feel” whether you’re poking through dry or moist soil). Doing this will also help with aeration - which you should be doing anyway. Another method is to know how heavy your pot is when the soil is fully saturated vs dry - there’s usually a big difference!

I’ve repotted a peperomia prostrata, a similar vining plant with lots of tiny foliage: it will be messy and you will lose some leaves/vines. I found it best to try to gently scoop out the whole mass of foliage near the pot - soil and all. Transplant it into the new pot with some new soil, leaving the old soil as intact as possible. Then water it thoroughly - it sort of “seals in” the old soil with the new. Repotting is always a traumatic experience so I wouldn’t do it unless absolutely necessary. Hope this helps!