Dorstenia foetida seedlings

R100 incl. VAT

These Dorstenia foetida are seedlings that were home-grown in the Living Desert Plants greenhouses. They are non-variegated seedlings from variegated parent plants.

Where it grows

Dorstenia foetida occupies a wide variety of habitats and areas in both Africa and Eurasia, including Ethiopia and Tanzania in the former, and Yemen and Oman in the latter.

Special features

It is a caudex succulent plant that can grow up to 40cm tall with many branches. The stems are covered in round scars called petioles, where older leaves that have since fallen off were attached to the stem. They make some of the strangest flowers in the succulent world, which are starfish-shaped and yellow. The seeds are small, and will be ejected from the flower as it ripens.

Care Guide

Dorstenia foetida is sensitive to too much light and should be kept under 60% shade cloth at minimum. An airy soil mix is ideal as they are quite susceptible to root rot if overwatered. Adding pumice and akadama to the mix is a good option. Water well in spring and summer, but keep almost completely dry in winter.

Growing season

Spring and summer.


Seeds and cuttings.

Only 5 left in stock

Product FAQS

In our experience, the best time to repot a succulent is in the beginning of the growing season.

A plant with thick, fleshy tissue, designed for storing water over long periods of time.

A caudiciform is a plant that has a caudex which is a swollen stem or root stock. Eg. Baobab.

If it's only one or two bugs, try to remove them by hand. Alternatively, spray with a pesticide or water with a systemic pesticide. We recommend RoseCare3 or RoseCarePlus, as both these are a combination pesticide and fungicide, which means they prevent insect pests and treat fungal infections.

Succulents do like fertiliser. The general rule of thumb is to fertilise in the growing season. Succulents are quite sensitive, so in our experience halving the recommended dose of general plant fertilizers works well. If it is a fertilizer formulated specifically for succulents and cacti, use the full recommended dose.

Succulents like heavy watering in the growing season, but do need to dry out between watering to avoid root rot.

Some caudiciform species prefer full sun, while others prefer shade. It depends on the environment in which they occur naturally.

No, because they are made up of mostly water, they are prone to frostbite.

It is best not to do so. This could stress the plant or burn it. Slowly introduce them by giving them a little bit more exposure each day.

It depends on the amount of sun exposure the window receives. Some succulents will be happy, but the majority will not get enough sunlight to maintain the correct shape. Alternatively, if the window receives too much light, the plant will be burned, as the window will act like a magnifying glass.

Yes, some succulents are classified as Caudiciforms due to their swollen stems or root stock.

- Elza N

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