Dioscorea Sylvatica - 5 seeds

Dioscorea Sylvatica - 5 seeds

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The Elephant's Foot Yam, Dioscorea sylvatica, is a semi-tropical slender twining herb with annual stems growing from a massive, reticulated tuberous rootstock or caudex. The caudex that lie flat on the surface of the soil is divided into regular polygonal plates that become protuberant with age, divided by deep furrows. Vigorous, annual climbing stems can grow to as much as 4 or 5 meters in a season. Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. Larger caudices rank as curiosities of the plant kingdom, and are eagerly sought after and admired by collectors of succulent plants.

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Dioscorea sylvatica responds well to cultivation and makes an easy and wonderfully unusual houseplant. Plants even five to ten years old are extremely nice. Vigorous, annual climbing stems can grow to as much as 4 or 5 metres in a season, however these can be trained quite comfortably around a wire hoop set in a pot when grown indoors. Exposure: It prefers light shade, but keep the caudex in the shade. Waterings: It needs moderate to regular water. Slow down or withheld water when the tuber is dormant in summer (after shedding its leaves). It will start growing again in Autumn. Watering can recommence once the plant has shown signs of producing a fresh shoot. Sometimes it ignores its proper growing seasons (from autumn to spring ) and keeps its vines growing long into its rest period, or sends up new vines much earlier than expected. In that case, paying attention to the plant and not the calendar is a good idea. Hardiness: It is easy to grow if a winter temperature of 5° C can be maintained.Propagation: Seeds, difficult from cuttings. Sow seeds 5mm deep and keep them warm. Sprouts best in indirect light. The seedlings' caudex forms below ground and will grow much faster if left underground for a couple of years.