Plant of the Week:
Xerosicyos danguyi
Cucurbitaceae

Xerosicyos danguyi

Xerosicyos danguyi, a native of southwestern Madagascar, is a climbing vine with cylindrical stems and thick succulent round leaves up to 2 inches across with long tendrils for climbing.

Blooming Time: Spring. The small flowers are greenish-yellow and very inconspicuous. Small fruit are produced on female plants. (These are dioecious as are many other members of the family).

Culture: Xerosicyos danguyi need warm to hot temperatures and at least 4 hours of full sun per day with a well-drained soil. We use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam to 2 parts sand, with small gravel added to increase drainage. During the growing season, water the plants well and allow them to dry thoroughly before watering again. They should be fertilized only once during this period. Winter temperatures should not fall below 60° F. During this time, only water plants enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.

Propagation: Xerosicyos danguyi are propagated as cuttings or by seed in the spring. Seeds germinate in 14-21 days at 70° F.

Xerosicyos danguyi was featured as Plant of the Week July 27-August 2, 2001.

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