Orbea cooperi mix - 5 seeds

Orbea cooperi mix - 5 seeds

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Orbea carnosa subsp. keithii is a leafless perennial stem succulent that spreads by stolons. The stolons branch off from the existing decumbent stem bases to form additional erect or ascending stems. Small fleshy flowers in groups of 1-3 are produced in spring and summer. The corolla has a five lobes marked with small teeth at the angles and halfway along the corolla sides. The corolla surface is rich maroon, dotted or striped in yellow sometimes much more creamy yellow towards the central annulus surrounding the corona, with a few clavate hairs near the base of the lobes. The species is extremely variable.

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Orbea cooperi is an easy blooming plant when mature that require moderately watering through the growing season but enjoy plenty of water and some fertiliser in hot weather, this helps them to flower freely. Water more sparingly in winter according to temperatures. But, as with most asclepiads, it is unwise to leave them wet in cold weather. Winter care presents no problems at 5°C with plenty of light. Since roots are quite shallow, use a cactus mix or add extra perlite or pumice to regular soil potting soil. A gritty, very free-draining compost is suitable, and clay pots help the plants to dry out between watering. Sun Exposure: Partial sun or light shade Pest and diseases: Stapelia species vary in their susceptibility to rotting, but are generally fairly easy to grow, especially if kept pest-free. They are very susceptible to stem and root mealy bugs, and damage from these may well initiate fungal attack. If you do have problems with a stem or with basal rotting, you can reliably isolate the healthy parts, dry them off, and re-root them in moist compost. Cultural Practices: Re-pot every 2 years