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Plant Experimentation: Dioscorea Elephantipes, Day 34.


That sprout keeps getting taller! I’m beginning to open the ziploc bag for a little bit to introduce to lower humidity. Not too long though, as it is air conditioning season. Takes all the moisture out of the air.


Plant Experimentation: Dioscorea Elephantipes, Day 32.


It worked! Oh my! It worked! The one seed I moved to a moist coffee filter until plump, then moved to a small pot of Miracle-Gro in a ziploc bag, it has germinated! I opened the ziploc to give it some fresh air, and there is a sprout! Now I’ll have to handle the other four seeds the same way.

Plant Experimentation: Dioscorea Elephantipes, Day 30.

There is still no change in the first pot of dioscorea elephantipes (4 seeds remaining in there). No signs of growth.

6/21/2011 Dioscorea Elephantipes, Pot 1 (DE1)

The seed I had moved to a moist ziploc was nice and plump. No sign of roots or anything yet. I did move it to a pot with Miracle-Gro Seed Starter mix. I am keeping the pot inside a ziploc bag to maintain the moisture and humidity, at least until I see some sign of activity. I am trying to refrain from digging around them to see if there are any roots yet.

6/21/2011 Dioscorea Elephantipes, Pot 2 (DE2)

Patience is not a virtue of mine. =)

Plant Experimentation: Dioscorea Elephantipes, Day 13.

No sign of any activity from the dioscorea elephantipes seeds. I think they are supposed to be very slow and erratic. So I decided to take one of the seeds out of the pot where I had the others.

6/6/2011 Dioscorea Elephantipes Seed

At least there does not seem to be any sign of rot or anything. But no sign of activity either. So I moved this into a moist coffee filter and put it into a ziploc.

6/6/2011 Ziploc for Dioscorea Elephantipes Seed

This may end up causing the seed to rot. I hope it causes it to sprout. Who knows. I might lose it. Or maybe not. Only time will tell.

Plant Experimentation: Dioscorea Elephantipes, Day 1.

Another of the seeds I bought is the Dioscorea Elephantipes, also known as Elephant’s Foot. When grown, it looks kind of like a vine-y tree or plant growing out of a turtle shell. Fascinating.

Dioscorea Elephantipes Seeds

I planted these 1/3 inch deep in a mix of potting soil, perlite, and vermiculite, which will be kept moist, but not wet.

Pot of Dioscorea Elephantipes Seeds, Day 1.

I am keeping this pot on top of a bookshelf near a window, where I can keep an eye on it and make sure it stays moist.

Dioscorea Elephantipes Pot on Shelf