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Post Dorstenia gigas saga...
Planted last year...it turned out to be too shady in winter and with the rain this plant that has taken bay area winters potted just fine before,started to rot. I picked it out of the ground,repotted in lava mix and it took all last year to get over the near death. This year its looking good,solid and with new growth.
Its a plant with an aura of exoticness,but I wouldnt tell you to run out and get one as they are not indoor plants and sensitive to changes. Its lost height but gained girth.
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Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:39 am
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Here it is 7 years later. They grow outdoors..very slow. Take winters very well. They like summer watering. Had it since 2003-2004. I have seen large ones in greenhouses. I would have expected this to be at least 2 or 3 feet tall by now when I first acquired it. I know now that was a dream!..they are much slower growing then say Pachypodium lamerei.

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Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:23 pm
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Thats a nice one!

Any pics with the leaves still on it?


Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:03 pm
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As of today. I dont know what to say about the mini foliage. Maybe its just not hot enough,maybe when it was young (12 years ago) I didn't push it hard enough? I don't know for sure. This year I potted it way up back to a black nursery pot. Water and fertilize. The same thing worked wonders for a Ficus palmeri that had been "Bonsai" before I got it,and I kept it that way later. I just got tired of that. Its on its way to looking like something I want.

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With bonus Plumeria (Celadine) and in the bottom a glimpse of Ficus palmeri leaf.

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Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:22 am
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Nice!

I wonder if you have a hot west wall or somewhere like that you
could put it to get it some heat...I ordered this one after your post on HPSB...haha

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dwarf-Rooted-Pl ... 2749.l2649


Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:43 am
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You get enough heat for Pachypodiums to flower. Plumeria need even less...not a lot less :lol: but I can get them to bloom. I will tell you- P.obtusa is a fast grower for these kind of plants. I like the one you ordered..maybe next year. I have a few P.rubra from cuttings..lets see what they do. P.obtusa I have read good things about as indoors in winter ( I havent tried yet) that it may bloom in winter and of course will hang on to live up to the "evergreen Plumeria" monicker.


Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:33 am
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Post Re: Dorstenia gigas saga...
Yeah..pretty cool huh?

I think I got really lucky ordering this one,from what I have read
it is the most cold tolerant,is evergreen and may even flower in
winter while avoiding the issues(like rust) most have with cool damp weather.


Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:48 pm
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Post Re: Dorstenia gigas saga...
Jimhardy wrote:
Yeah..pretty cool huh?

I think I got really lucky ordering this one,from what I have read
it is the most cold tolerant,is evergreen and may even flower in
winter while avoiding the issues(like rust) most have with cool damp weather.


You got it made. Well outside any nuclear fallout. :shock:


Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:18 pm
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Right...or Sept 23,2017

Didnt see any mention of radiation when I bought the plant :twisted:


Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:32 pm
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