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Dioscorea elephantipes - Elephant's Foot

$ 16.00
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Dioscorea elephantipes has all of the best qualities of a caudiciforme: a textured caudex, long vines, heart-shaped leaves, and easy care. Sometimes called Elephant's Foot due to way the caudex looks as it ages, Dioscorea elephantipes is especially unique because it's a winter-growing vine. This plant has adapted to have a dormancy period during the hot and dry summer months, meaning they wake up at the end of summer and die back in the spring. We like to keep these plants in their nursery pots, and train their surprisingly long vines up a trellis or around a hoop. Or, you can simply let the vines sprawl.

Dioscorea are available in fall, when the caudices are dormant, ready to wake up for their winter growing cycle.

How to Grow

• Plant in a well-draining mix. This plant is sensitive to over-watering, so we like to err on the side of under-watering. If your caudex feels squishy or soft and the soil is completely dry, it's definitely time to water! While the vines are growing, the plant may want more regular water, sometimes as often as every week.
• Grow this plant in an East- or West-facing windowsill. Or a foot or so away from a South-facing window. Too much direct sun can be harsh on the plant in climates with lots of winter sun.
• In the spring when leaves start to yellow and die back, let the soil dry out completely. Every month or so during the plant's dormancy, check if the caudex feels firm. If it's really spongy and the soil is dry, it might like a little drink.
• These plants don't like their roots disturbed, so we only repot and up-pot when the plant has outgrown its previous growing container.

What to Expect

You'll get a Dioscorea elephantipes caudex planted in a 2" pot. The caudex will likely be dormant, ready to wake up. Some specimens might have a short vine starting to grow. Each caudex is a bit different, so expect this natural variation from the photos. Includes detailed care instructions. 

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CW
09/24/2021
catherine w.
United States
great first time order

thank you so much for making this transaction smooth,everything down to finest details were handled promptly.Love my new plant and looking forward to watching it grow,and making the next purchase.

CA
09/23/2021
Cecilia A.
United States United States
Amazing

I love my plants. They are dormant right now but are so cute. I can’t wait until they start vining. Will order more from this nursery. Such wonderful, unique plants! Thank you

AL
09/22/2021
Andy L.
United States United States
Little Potato

Came buried in soil, but easily fixed, has not started to vine yet, excited for it to grow.

Pistils Nursery Dioscorea elephantipes - Elephant's Foot Review