Dioscorea elephantipes

  • Dioscorea elephantipes
rating 5
(4.8 / 4 Reviews)
per 10 seeds

Common name:
Elephant's foot yam / Turtle shell plant

South Africa


The turtle shell plant is so called due to the extremely thickened trunk at the surface which can have a width of 3 meters in nature and has the pattern of a turtle shell. In this thickening, starch is stored. It is a climber plant which is native to South Africa and can be kept at a minimum of -4 degrees Celsius. The plant decides on its own when it takes a rest period - this has no connection to the current season. During a rest period, you can give the plant less water.

Germination instructions:
Sow seeds in sowing mix (eventually mixed with sand), a few cm's deep. Keep the soil constantly moist and keep the temperature between 25 and 30 degC. Germination can occur after some time. 6 months or longer is no exception. 

Sowing time:
All year round


Expected processing time: 2 days
Reviews (4)
rating 5 (4.8 / 4 Reviews)

Gera (25-12-2018) rating 5 9 van de 10 zaden zijn opgekomen! Dunne sprietjes met een prachtig groen blaadje. Maar... Hoe nu verder...

Mirjam (04-12-2018) rating 5 Update 5 dagen na vorige post: 6 zaailingen!

Mirjam (30-11-2018) rating 5 Binnen een maand 3 zaailingen! Blijkbaar heb ik geluk. Ik ben echt heel erg benieuwd of het verder goed zal gaan!

Rudy Devroey (02-11-2018) rating 4 In juni gezaaid, vandaag 2 november komen er 2 plantjes uit.

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