Ceropegia ampliata is on of the most interesting plants that I have grown. Thick, twining succulent stems are well suited for hanging basket culture or for trellises. It is a native of South Africa.
Blooming Time: August-October: The flowers are 2 ½ inches long, the tube is white with green nerves outside, the base is banded purplish, to 1 inch across.
Culture: Ceropegia ampliata is an easy plant to grow. The plants require moderate temperatures of 55 to 85 degrees. A well-drained soil is required (1 part peat moss to 2 parts sand to 1 part loam). The plant needs at least 4 hours of direct sunlight per day. The plant has thick succulent stems that can withstand a fair amount of drought. Water well and wait until the soil has thoroughly dried before watering again. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every third watering from May to October. From October to May water only enough to keep the stems from shriveling.
Propagation: Ceropegia ampliata is propagated from stem cuttings in spring. They are rooted in moist sand with bottom heat.
Ceropegia ampliata was featured as Plant of the Week August 27-September 2, 1999.
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