The flowers on this stapelia variety are large and deep purple. The plant itself has some purple coloration, which can vary based on the amount of sun the plant receives. Stapelia have some of the most fantastic flowers, and Mutabilis is no exception. This stapelia variety is not as commonly seen as gigantea or grandiflora, and are a good choice for collectors.
Stapelias are very easy to care for, but we have included more instructions than usual as you will probably want to pay more attention to such a fantastic specimen plant.
Bright indirect light. Does not like direct sun, especially during the hottest times of the day, as this can damage the plant. Tips of the stems will turn red with light.
Stapelias do not tolerate overwatering. Let them dry completely before watering. If in doubt, wait a few more days before watering. When you water, do not leave your plant in a tray with standing water. Stapelias are somewhat tolerant of underwatering so it is better to err on the safe side. We check our stapelia mother plant weekly, but usually water only every 2 weeks.
Use ½ strength fertilizer once a month when actively growing. Use your judgment and consider increasing the frequency and strength of fertilizer when your stapelia is flowering. Many gardeners say they do not fertilize and the plant grows very robustly and flowers anyways.
Keep an eye out for any bugs. Stapelias are prone to mealy bugs in particular, which can damage the plant and allow water to enter the plant and cause it to rot. Remove any pests them with a cotton swab and alcohol and/or use neem oil.
Stapelias are very easy to propagate from cuttings. If there is any sign of rot, consider taking cuttings immediately from unaffected areas as it may be difficult for the plant to recover. Remove any rotting sections of the plant immediately once discovered to prevent it from spreading.
small: 10cm diameter nursery pot