My husband Ralph he bent down for a closer look at the large starfish-shaped blooms that had spread out of the flowerbed and sprawled across the driveway. “It’s supposed to smell like rotten meat,” I told him.
Also question is, how do you take care of a stinky cactus?
Temperature: They prefer a warm temperature, and should be kept at above 50° degrees Fahrenheit in the wintertime. Feeding: These plants do not need fertilizer. Watering: Wait for the soil to dry completely between waterings. Water sparingly at all times and very little during the winter.
Likewise, what is the smell of cactus?
Large 12-inch flowers have a sweet vanilla scent, and are open for just one night. The white petals form a funnel-shaped flower, with the yellow and brown sepals sweeping backward from the flower. Red, fleshy fruits with black seeds follow if the flowers are pollinated.
Why do cactus flowers smell bad?
Starfish flower cactus may produce amazing five-petaled flowers that exude a rather unpleasant odor. The scent attracts flies and other insects, which pollinate the blooms.
Stem of baseball plant is rich in milky latex that induces skin irritation. Despite the latex, baboons and grazing animals often consume baseball plants during the periods of drought. Baseball plant is long-lived perennial plant.
Starfish Cactus Bloom Time
On average, you can expect a baby plant to bloom in two years with just one or two flowers. When it is mature, the plant will bloom successively in July to September in North America.
Apocynaceae, previously Asclepiadaceae
A rare and unusual succulent, the Lifesaver Cactus produces burgundy and tan star-shaped flowers that look as though a grape lifesaver has been stuck perfectly in their center. Mid to late summer flowering.
The carrion cactus is not a true cactus but a member of the milkweed family from South Africa. It grows about 8 inches tall and spreads sideways by a series of succulent, coarsely toothed leafless stems.
Many species of Stapelia are known for having flowers that smell like rotting meat giving them the common name “carrion flower”.
The journey of a bloom
According to the Eden Project, corpse flowers can take up to seven years to bloom; some corpse flowers only bloom once every few decades. The plant’s energy is stored in the corm – a swollen stem base typically weighing around 100 lbs.
It prefers a well-drained, sandy medium consisting of equal parts of washed river sand, potting soil, and topsoil. Try to emulate its natural habitat, placing it to protect it from the sun during the hottest part of the day. This plant prefers the early morning or late afternoon sun.