Dioscorea elephantipes : Tortoise plant
    • Dioscorea elephantipes : Tortoise plant
    • Dioscorea elephantipes : Tortoise plant
    • Dioscorea elephantipes : Tortoise plant
    • Dioscorea elephantipes : Tortoise plant
    • Dioscorea elephantipes : Tortoise plant
    • Plante tortue - Dioscorea elephantipes
    • Plante tortue - Dioscorea elephantipes

    Tortoise Plant

    €20.00
    VAT included

    Dioscorea elephantipes

    Quantity
    One-off shipping costs
    One-off shipping costs
    regardless of the number of plants!
    100 % grown in France
    100 % grown in France
    All our plants are grown from seeds in the Loire valley.
    100% natural
    100% natural
    No chemical fertilizer or add on ever.
    Respects for plants
    Respects for plants
    At Rayon de Serre, we take our time, non-grafted, non-hybridized, their growth cycle is respected
    Seedlings
    Seedlings
    We sell our plants young, so that they are both adaptable and affordable
    Customized packaging
    Customized packaging
    All our boxes were designed especially for Rayon de Serre. 100% recycled and recyclable.

    Plant's characteristics

    • Dioscorea elephantipes : Tortoise plant
    • Family : Dioscoréaceae
    • Origin : South Africa
    • Height in its natural environment : 3 m
    • Hardiness: 10°C
    • Flower colour : yellow

    Taille des plantes Rayon de Serre Height : about 5 / 10 cm


    croissance de la plante Slow grower

    Description of the plant

    PLEASE NOTE: the Tortoise Plant is a rare, slow-growing plant, we offer small subjects formed of a small bulb and the beginning of a leaf stem.
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    Tortoise plant or elephant's foot, animal or plant? We lose our Latin!

    This plant is a real curiosity of nature: its caudex, growing over time, gradually draws scales from the furrows that form on its bark. You can see your choice of a turtle shell or an elephant's foot!

    Amazing, and capricious with that! Indeed, it alternates the periods of strong growth where it makes grow its stems with pretty heart-shaped leaves and the periods of rest where only its caudex remains; without logic, without warning, according to his mood! It's up to you to adapt, by drastically reducing watering during resting phases and by arming yourself with patience ...

    Its cooked tuber, very rich in starch, is edible and is nicknamed Hottentot bread, people of southern Africa.

    To tame, it is worth it !

    Also known as : Hottentot bread, Elephant’s foot,…


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    Growing tips

    Repotting

    Repotting

    When you receive your plant, repot it in a pot slightly larger than the bucket, which must be well pierced. Avoid pot covers which prevent residual water from draining away and encourage fungal diseases. Choose a fine potting soil, ideally with added perlite or sand to lighten the substrate (do not use garden soil or acidic soil such as heather). Then plan two repottings per year (spring and autumn), gradually increasing the size of the pot and adapting it to the size of the root network (the roots must have room, but not too much as the plant must be able to dry out its substrate between waterings). This avoids having to add fertilizer, which always risks burning the fragile roots of the plants and making the plant wither as soon as the fertilizer is stopped.

    Watering

    Watering

    Moderate watering: watering should be copious (the whole root ball should be wet), but wait until the substrate has dried deeply before watering again (you can stick your finger in the soil: as long as you feel moisture, do not water). Your plant will recover better from a lack of water than from an excess of water. Always water at the base of the plant, and do not mist it, because stagnant water in the armpit of the leaves favors cryptogamic diseases. If your atmosphere is too dry, put bowls of water nearby (above radiators for example), so that evaporation humidifies the air.

    For an indoor planting

    For an indoor planting

    A true houseplant, place it in a warm and bright place, like a veranda or behind a window, direct sunlight suits them perfectly.

    For an outdoor planting

    For an outdoor planting

    This plant is not frost and/or cold resistant and should not be planted outside except in limited parts of Southern Europe.

    Fertilizer

    Fertilizer

    Our plants are grown naturally, without chemical fertilizers, so we advise you to repot them regularly (twice a year) rather than adding fertilizer.

    In case of pest attack

    In case of pest attack

    If your plants are under attack by aphids or other pests, the best way to control them is by hand. Change their soil, remove as many undesirables as possible by hand and then shower your plants with a strong stream of water to eliminate any eggs that may be present. Spray them (insist on the underside of the leaves) with liquid black soap diluted in water. Repeat the operation several times at a few days interval. Take them outside in good weather, rain, sun and wind will kill most of the aggressors!

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