Adenia Glauca (The Blue Leaved Elephant’s Foot)

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Adenia Glauca is a perennial plant native to South Africa, Madagascar, and the Arabian Peninsula. Typically, this plant thrives in rocky terrains or northern slopes. It is a deciduous woody plant that climbs through a large base. Adenia Glauca thrives in a tropical to subtropical environment but can also be a houseplant.

Scientific Name:Adenia Glauca
Other Names:Blue Leaved Elephant’s Foot, Passionfruit Lump Plant,
Growth Season:Spring and Summer Seasons
Preferred Temperature:Adenia Glauca preferred temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll also have to ensure the temperature won’t exceed 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hardiness Zone:USDA Hardiness Zone 11a to 11b
Average Mature Height & Width:3.5 meters tall and 2 meters in diameter
Dormancy:Winter Season
Toxicity:Adenia Glauca is poisonous. When the sap is ingested, it can irritate your skin.
Adenia Glauca Summary

Adenia Glauca’s Physical Characteristics

This plant’s seeds are considered toxic. Adenia Glauca is a caudiciform plant. It produces large and fleshy caudex. This bulky base of the plant is also its most distinctive characteristic. Typically, it will have a melon-shaped to irregular dark green caudex. It will grow narrow cylindrical trunks from the main stem or a flat surface. This stem stores water, allowing the plant to survive during droughts.

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Adenia Glauca has pale green leaves that are relatively smaller in the tips. Its leaves can be smooth and long, like narrow ovals or lances with pointed tips. They can also be broad or rounded. Regarding the size, it can vary quite a bit. Some leaves are only a few inches long, while others can be several inches long.

This Adenia blooms yellow to pale green flowers during the summer season. This plant can produce both male and female flowers on different plants. This succulent may also produce ovoid orange fruits when provided with the right living conditions.

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Adenia Glauca Care

Light: Place your Adenia Glauca where it gets bright, indirect sunlight for most of the day. While it can handle some direct sun, be cautious of intense midday sun, which can harm its leaves.

Soil: Plant your Adenia Glauca in well-draining soil, such as a mix of cacti or succulents with added perlite. This helps prevent overwatering and root rot.

Watering: Allow the soil to dry out between waterings completely. Water sparingly, usually once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer), and reduce watering during the dormant period (fall and winter).

Temperature: Adenia Glauca prefers warm temperatures, ranging between 22°C and 35°C (71.6°F and 95°F). Protect it from frost, and if you live in a colder area, consider bringing it indoors during the winter.

Pruning: Prune the plant only as needed to maintain its desired shape and size. Remove dead or yellowing leaves as necessary. Use gloves to avoid direct skin contact when pruning your succulent.

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Fertilization: Feed your Adenia Glauca with a diluted, balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season, roughly every 6-8 weeks.

Adenia Glauca Growth

Propagation through seeds is the most straightforward method to grow this plant of Adenia. Simply place the seeds into pots filled with a well-draining soil mixture. It is also advisable to soak the seeds overnight to soften them a bit before planting. Soaking the seeds might help in germination.

Aside from propagating through seeds, you may also propagate the Blue Leaved Elephant’s Foot through cuttings. However, take note that this method might be less successful. When propagating through cuttings, don’t forget to use a clean garden knife and allow your cuttings to be calloused for a few days before replanting.

It is advisable to do the repotting during the plant’s growing season. Take the opportunity to use new well-draining soil when repotting to avoid transferring any pests or diseases. Unfortunately, Adenia Glauca can be easily infected by aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs. You can also use mild insecticidal soap to control the spread of these pests.

A commonly asked question about Adenia Glauca

Besides our experience in maintaining it healthy, Succulent City also finds some interesting problems around this lovely Adenia, and we want to share it with readers who visited this article:

A thread from u/AsgerSutter: “Hi, I am completely new to growing caudex. I have recently bought my first one, an Adenia Glauca. Therefore, any tips on keeping and growing it would be appreciated. Mainly though, I am wondering if there are some ways to promote growth in root/stem to make it thicker? I have temporarily potted it in a glass from my kitchen as I am out of pots for now, but looking to buy a new one soon – is there anything special to look for? Thank you :-)”

Answer: For the former, you can follow the instructions above. It is really helpful not only for this succulent but also for another Adenia. I think letting the root grow unnaturally is not recommended for the latter.

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