Stapelia gigantea flower: A week of stanky good times!
I received cuttings of this Stapelia gigantea over 2 years ago and finally got my first flower from it! The bud took nearly 2 weeks to fully mature and open although it looked ready to pop after 1 week.
It gets bright filtered east facing light (outdoors) and water about 2x a month. The flowers are stinky since they’re goal is to attract pollinators like flies which lay their eggs around the stamen. It’s the perfect combination of beauty and grotesque which makes these flowers so fascinating! Stapeliads aren’t self-fertile so I won’t get seeds unless some flies found a neighbor around here that also has a Stapelia in bloom…
You can watch the video I made of doing a ‘smell test’ and measuring the flower here. The first day it really stank then the next it had faded. But I checked again on its 5th day open and it was back to stinking again!