Dioscorea Elephantipes Caudiciform Seeds. Gardening at 58 North 1,890 views. Dioscorea elephantipes (Elephants foot or Tortoise plant). A young Dioscorea elephantipes with a 2 inch diameter caudex. Seedling care is mostly the same as mentioned above and in the video, but just be careful to keep it the soil consistently moist during the first growing season (water 1-2x/week with a soil that is very open and drains easily); if the soil dries out too much you can kill the newly-forming caudex. The name “Elephant’s foot” stems from its partially buried base that grows slowly and can grow as wide as 10 feet and as tall as about 3 feet. This is the time when the plant needs to be watered less and needs no more fertilizer. When dormant you can cut the dead vines back to about 1-2 inches above the caudex. ... Dioscorea elephantipes (large) LAsucculents $ 65.00. ... Vines climb so direct sunlight allows photosynthesis.starch stored in caudex is used in3mo.dormant period. It can be cultivated as a bonsai. From when a new growth appears from the caudex, it can receive regular watering, up until the growth withers and dies back. Dioscorea elephantipes is a slow-growing and long-living succulent with tuber above ground level covered with layers of corky bark. Year-round except for summer dormancy. Primarily a winter grower, it develops slender, leafy, climbing shoots with dark-spotted, greenish-yellow flowers in winter (May or June in habitat) The flowers are dioecious, with male or female flowers occurring on separate plants. D. elephantipes go dormant for a short time between May and June. Dioscorea elephantipes “Elephant’s Foot” Origin: South Africa Flower: Dark-spotted green-yellow flowers in winter Description: An amazing succulent that is a winter grower and is deciduous. Substrate: I use a blended media that is 50% inert material. The caudex can grow up to … Waterings: It needs moderate to regular water. 2. Female flowers are in spinescent, spreading spikes. , In nature, the caudex is usually in shade beneath thicket vegetation, and only the leafy tendrils reach up to the sunlight. But I am hopeful from the germination of dioscorea slyvatica. Dioscorea elephantipes, commonly known as known as Elephant's Foot, is one of the most beautiful, weird, and wonderful, caudiciform plants around!It has a deeply fissured surface, resembling an elephant's foot, hence its common name. Feed with high nitrogen fertiliser to encourage growth of the caudex. 70 years in cultivation, if it is looked after. It is a deciduous climber. Dioscorea elephantipes can live for 70 years in cultivation. This plant grows naturally in brush on rocky slopes, so it requires extremely well-drained soil, with a large (at least 50%) mineral component. Dioscorea elephantipes, the Turtle Shell, Caudex or Hottentot Bread plant, is native of South Africa. Punch a couple holes for a bit of air movement and keep the substrate moist while the plants germinate. Caudiciforms Dioscorea elephantipes . Sow seed in Autumn into a fine well-drained potting mix suitable for succulents and cacti. All of my outdoor caudiciforms have now lost all of their leaves and gone dormant. Care Indirect bright light Frequent light watering when the plant is active (stop watering). Plant may have imperfections. Some seedlings of dioscorea slyvatica in their 3rd week. *Slight defects on the foliage. Dioscorea elephantipes, the elephant's foot or Hottentot bread, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Dioscorea of the family Dioscoreaceae, native to the dry interior of South Africa. Do not over-water during the summer months, as this will shorten its life span by at least half. Photo number three shows the plant in its summer dormancy period. Potting Styles: I have seen a few styles to pot Dioscorea elephantipes that favours their vining nature. leave 1′-2″ of the vine on the plant. The cycle can be extremely unpredictable or erratic, but in most cases this results in a watering regime of wetter winter and spring, and a dry summer dormancy period. I currently just let my plant to hang over the side of a very long pot; however, some more aesthetically pleasing options I’ve seen include a wired loop or a chopstick canopy. Dioscorea elephantipes, 1 year + 7 months. Before the dormancy period, you’ll notice that your plant’s vines turn a bit yellow and die back. Once the seedlings sprout and put out a leaf, slowly increase air holes so that the humidity drops over the course of a week or two. ・Herbaceous climber. Remember it drops its leaves in late November. This species is not difficult to cultivate, however it requires extremely coarse, well-drained soil, and sparse watering. Dioscorea elephantipes needs a rest period. Year-round except for summer dormancy. Easy to care for, just don’t over water in the summer months during their leafless dormancy. When I see signs of new growth after dormancy (a spike starting out of the top of the caudex) I’ll increase watering to a full soil drench once per week. You don’t want the seedlings getting stressed as they are throwing out their first set of roots and leaves–again, if the seedlings dry out too much in this first period you’ll risk killing the plant. It is a very unusual succulent. ・Slow growing. Water once every 2 months or not at all depending upon your growing environment. Photo courtesy of Kelly Griffin. It takes the name "elephant's foot" from the appearance of its large, partially buried, tuberous stem, which grows very slowly but often reaches a considerable size, often more than 3 m (10 ft) in circumference with a height of nearly 1 m (3 ft 3 in) above ground.