Unwrapping …

Unwrapping …

… a packet full of plants I ordered at “mbuyu”.

Let’s start.:

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here we have the packet …

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a lot of newspapers inside …

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Well, well, Ceropegia galeata (!!!) yeah! yeah! yeah!, oh, and two small Cerpegia inornata, to reach the minimum order value.

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It appears as if finger crossing was a good idea.   😛

The third new addition in 2014

The third new addition in 2014

… found during the ‘Kakteen- und Sukkulentenbörse’ on the GRUGA in Essen / NRW / Germany: Ceropegia africana ssp. barklyii – a special clone with flowers like the nominate race, Ceropegia crassifolia – a small plant, Ceropegia inornata – a new one, as my plant died last year, Ceropegia nilotica – a large-leaved clone from South Africa, and finally Ceropegia rendallii – the real one! 😛

The fifth new addition in 2011

The fifth new addition in 2011

I know, I deserve to be kicked in my ass … but I was in ‘that’ nursery again ….

The newest additions to my collection are named as Ceropegia linearis ssp. debilis (I will talk about this particular plant later) Ceropegia inornata (of which I already have two plants – so I have no idea why I bought another one :-() and Ceropegia radicans.

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Ceropegia linearis ssp. debilis

Ceropegia inornata

Ceropegia radicans

Ceropegia inornata

Ceropegia inornata

This is still one of my favorites, but quite much neglected by me it has stopped to grow.

It was, however, quite foreseeable, as it had used all its power to grow through the darkness of this year’s long winter … my fault, … will not happen again.

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The photograph shows the flower in its actual size.

Spring

Spring

Bit by bit the first flowers open now.

The first one (it actually didn’t really stop flowering over the winter) is Ceropegia occulta, whose small flowers amazingly smell more or less exactly like wax crayons.

The second one is Ceropegia inornata, also here I do not count the flowers, that appeared during the last two or three months. Therefore this flower from today is the first one for 2011.

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Ceropegia occulta

Ceropegia inornata

What happens when the dormancy period is neglected?

What happens when the dormancy period is neglected?

Well, actually not quite much. The plants go on with growing and flowering, and it seems to be okay for them.

But in fact it isn’t!

The plants which are dormant during a period of time in the wild, should get such a ‘time-out’ in cultivation too. They use this time to regenerate, and the grower can use this time for repotting and for removing of old substrate or dead roots etc..

See what happens first, when You miss the right time to give Your plants colder and drier conditions.:

Not only does it look harmless, it looks quite beautiful too. But when the actual growing season starts, the plants show the first signs for inanition – and this doesn’t neighter look harmless nor beautiful then. 😦