Hoodia Growing

Hoodia Gordonii is one of the most sought after Succulents because of their medicinal properties. It was called one of the wonders of the plants in the 21st century. This plant is limited. See the factsheet on the trade with Hoodia Gordonii and other types of Hoodia for more details. Description of Hoodia Gordonii is a succulent prickly. In the early stages is produced only a single tribe, but at a later time, begins the plant branch. Mature plants get individual 50 branches and weigh more than 30 kg. Plants reach a height of 1 m, placed flowers at or near the top of the Terminal (the upper part of the plant) under ideal conditions. The flowers are large and have a smell of carrion (similar to the smell of rotten meat). In some respects, Hoodia is similar to a flower of Petunia flowers. The flowers range in color from light brown to dark. Flowers are born in August or September. The flowers can reach a diameter of 75 mm. seeds are produced in October and November. Seed capsules look like small antelope or goat horns from which the common name of the Afrikaans Bokhorings. Hoodia Gordonii distribution has a very wide distribution. It is located in the North Western Cape, North and Northwest of the Cape of Northern and southern Namibia. Up to extreme heat (over 40 ° C) used, but can survive at low temperatures (-3 ° C). The system appears a wide tolerance have Habitat in the sands of the Kalahari, stony slopes or flats found and under the shelter of xerophytic shrubs to dry. Hoodia Gordonii can ideally living 25 years in culture. In nature, living probably not much more than 15 years. Derivation of the name and of the historical aspects of Hoodia Gordonii was discovered in December 1778 in the Upington area, Paterson and Colonel r. f. Gordon. Mr Francis Masson, a famous botanist who named this plant Stapelia Gordonii appointed the name of Gordon. in 1830, the genus was transferred from dolce usually Hoodia VIF named after van hood, a succulent grower. Ecology of pollination is mainly by fly. This unusual pollination biology known as Myophily (pollination by flying). Myophily occurs in several hoodia growing different genres, Huernia and Ceropegia. Customs and cultural aspects, many types of Hoodia are eaten raw. Of course, you must first remove the thorns. Hoodia is known as an appetite suppressant. Now, they have developed are appetite suppressant properties of Hoodia now sells products in many Western countries where obesity has become a problem. Hoodia Gordonii plus if you leave these plants in South Africa, contact the local nature conservation. Find the factsheet about the trade in Hoodia Gordonii and other types of Hoodias coordinates.   Multiplication consists mainly of seeds. The cuts are not really rare an option, because the Court ends form a cornea, which eventually form roots. The seeds are produced in October and November of each year (southern hemisphere). The horns of the seeds should Apagado-SECO and begin to share before the seeds can be harvested in two halves. The seeds are light brown and are flat and a soft hair is Pappus for his purposes. This Heron is used as a parachute when the capsule is opened. The seeds are blown some distance from the stem of the plant, laying down. The life of a young Hoodia plant begins under the protection of a nurse plant. A nurse a low-growing shrub, that the seed germinates and grows through the leaves and branches of the strong sunlight is protected. Use of soil with a small amount of well rotted manure, sifted. The seeds should be planted deeper than the 0. 5 cm. The amount lead not too many seeds in a pot of seeds, this may be a fusion of seedlings, when they start to germinate. Half of the seedlings should be well drained. The excess water won't spray, a time where the seeds germinate, will rot. Four times a week in warm conditions, 28 ° C or higher only water. In the winter months the water every two weeks. They move in a sunny location. Sowing in March or April (southern hemisphere). In April of the following year enough should the plants heavily, to be planted in a bottle plastic 9 cm, well-drained potting soil. Hoodia Gordonii that newly created will grow rapidly. These plants respond well to organic food products. For a period of three years, the plant can reach a height of at least 250 mm and up to 10 locations. Barkhuizen, b references. S. 1978 Piante Succulente Africa Meridionale. Purnell, Città del CAPO. Stearn, w. t, 1967 botanical Latin. Clark, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.   Ian Oliver-desert National Botanical Garden Karoo July 2005,,