This is the elegant Stephania Erecta. This is a beautiful species that can be found in Thailand. This is an unusual but very attractive plant, with little resemblance to typical plants, it's a caudex so grows from a large bulb. It makes a large, rock-like base, and has very delicate leaves with lighter veins. The plant is extremely rare, and rarely seen for sale.
The plant will go dormant at least once a year and the caudex should be kept completely dry in a cool dry spot, in January each year give the plant a good soak for 24 hours and then plant the caudex on top of the soil, pushing gently and firmly so the plant makes contact with the soil. After a few weeks, sometimes longer the plant will slowly wake up and you will have another beginning to grow.
the leaves are described as disc-shaped, sometimes as small umbrellas but the beauty of this plant is the delicate beautiful leaves seem suspended in the air as it grows. It will support the leaves well on its own and typically doesn't require any support.
General care is very simple, treat this plant similar to a succulent or a cactus and you won't go far wrong. the plant like good light and being. caudex stores water well so it doesn't require a great deal of watering, in fact too much watering or sitting in damp soil will rot the plant.
The plant will eventually go dormant, and the leaves will yellow and fade, It normal and to be expected and the cycle will begin again the following year. if you are new to houseplants or fast becoming an expert, everyone should try keeping at least one caudex - they are great seasonal favourites and mark the beginning of spring.
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*Sold separately from the terracotta pot*
Stephania Erecta care level
This plant is easy to care for, a great caudex for beginners.
Where should I put this plant?
Stephania Erecta likes bright indirect light, it will also enjoy a sunny spot. The brighter the light the better.
How should I water Stephania Erecta?
Water regularly during the active growing season. No water should ever be allowed to stand around the caudex. Keep completely dry in winter.
Should I feed this plant?
Feed once a month in spring and summer with a liquid plant food. Why not try our own vegan, organic plant food?
Is this plant suitable if I have pets?
This plant is toxic to cats and dogs.
What size is this plant?
Each bulb is unique. Sold separately from the pot.
If you would like more information on caring for houseplants, please have a look at our video here