@janetandjim - your cutting will need to scab over really well. Plant it shallow or just lay it directly on top. They rot very easily, so do NOT over water; dry out in between. They need to mature some before they bloom, so it can take years. It is worth the wait.
Thank you. My cutting has rooted (I have it a little tug and it resisted). Good to know about the overwatering. I made a chart to print early this morning as what is summer and what is winter dormant to remind myself about overwatering. (Visual learner here)
These are in the ground. I have them getting water (more like drips and mist) and other than that, zero maintenance. They did take a beating when my invasive oxalis grew all around and through them, but most of them withstood it. I also throw plant food on them usually. They do not spread fast and shallow roots make them easy to pull. @sunlovin
This is longest blooming season for these yet. It was too cold for the flies to be about or the #stinky to be smelled. 👏👏 #stapelia #stapelia-gigantea #stapeliagigantea #southerncalifornia 4 December 2019
Four blooming today! Our temperature was in the low 70's today, so they weren't too #stinky. 😂 Only two #flies where about. 👏👏👏 #stapeliagigantea #stapelia-gigantea #stapelia #southerncalifornia 13 November 2019
A record #stinky #flower on this #Stapelia gigantea. Five #flies on the flower and more around. Our hot weather is making the stank worse. 😖🥵🙊 Easy to smell at 3' away. I hate to think if two flowers were blooming.🤢 #succulentsunday #stapeliagigantea #stapelia-gigantea #southerncalifornia 22 September 2019
An exceptionally #stinky #flower today with three flies on it not caring that I am around it. 🤭 #fly #carrionflower #succulent #stapelia #stapelia-gigantea #southerncalifornia #california 12 October 2018
I hope not! @gjones, it grows between their house and mine in between our master bedrooms. I can not smell it inside even when the window is open, so I am guessing they can not....at least they have never asked what the stink is! 😂😂😂❤️
Her next bloom. @wilko this is the #Stapelia Gigantia. From side tip to opposite side tip is a bit over 12". @KelsiBriana #fly #ants #succulent #stinky #stapelia-gigantea #stapeliagigantea #southerncalifornia #california 7 October 2018
This flower has pushed through the #sprinkler pipes to give it her best. 😂❤️ Flies still found it. #ifthereisawillthereisaway #stapelia #stapeliaflower #stapelia-gigantea #stapeliagigantea #starfishflower #succulent #southerncalifornia #california 4 October 2018
This is so beautiful I never seen this type of flower but then again before I joined @teamgardentags @usgardentags I knew nothing much of anything I am so happy I did and this beauty I must get. Thanks for sharing love
#Stapeliagigantea is a #carrionflower that emits the stench of rotting flesh. The flower's hairy, leathery #texture is believed to mimic the rotting flesh of a dead animal to lure the #fly as it's #pollinator .
Sorry to creep you all out! ❤😂😂😂 Pretty funny, though, knowing it is a flower. 😂😂. I see exactly what you all see though. 😱😫 @hailstarscream @Keely @ShelleySnyder @columbiariver @deekay @lesliecole49 @rosegardengirl @Muzz67 😂😂❤❤
@KariSamuel to clarify, this a Succulent, not considered a carnivorous plant. It attracts flies because it smells. Check this out: http://olabrisagardens.com/tropical-gardening-advice/planting-roots-in-mexico/succulents-and-cactus/giant-starfish-flower/