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In the garden: Impala lily (Adenium Multiflorum)

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Unread postby Marloti » Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:14 am

Impala lilies must be the most popular plant sold at Skukuza Nursery!

I must just ad a short warning: They do not like wet feet! Ensure that they are well drained, and not watered too often. They do tend to rot when wet for too long. :wink:
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:51 am

My water bill ensures that I don't water too often :evil:
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:32 pm

I saw the most beautiful Impala Lilies close to Olifants gate on my last visit. They were growing on what looked to be fairly barren soil.

What I am curious about is the quality of the soil needed. The previous owners of my house had a small children's playground in a sunny elevated piece of ground. Because it is elevated most water drains away, leaving it fairly dry even in rainy periods. However, it also drains away minerals and top soil.
So far, not even my dogs want to do their doggy doos there. I have been thinking that it is possibly ideal for Impala Lilies, but could they deal with such very poor soil.
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Unread postby Senyetse » Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:17 pm

MM that does sound like the best spot for them. They do however need feeding in the form of fertiliser. The important thing is that the soil must be well-drained and be kept dry in winter when the plant is dormant. Here's a link, look at the section on growing impala lilies - Impala lily on plantzafrica
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:42 pm

Thanks Senyetse :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby bucky » Sat Sep 22, 2007 8:49 am

I often use nitrosol or some other water based fertilizer for them every now and then .

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Unread postby JenB » Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:40 am

Hi everyone,

I am no gardening expert so please do not be mistaken!

It is quite a challenge for me to successfully grow unusual plants like the Impala and Kudu lilies. After quite a few attempts at it - at last - I have happily surviving plants!

My advise will be to rather plant them into pots first instead of straight into the garden. Try to simulate their natural environment as close as possible. If you notice a negative change in the plant it is easy to rethink and move the pot.

I am proud to say the I have a Pachypodium namaquanum (elephant's trunk ( Eng. ); halfmens (Afr.) ) and two Gloriosa superba (Flame lily) plants growing happily in Johannesburg. Next I would like to try my hand at Welwitschia mirabilis, so if anybody know where I can get seed from, please let me know.
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Unread postby Senyetse » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:13 am

Hi jenb - contact the SA National Biodiversity Institute, they used to sell Welwitchia seeds.http://www.sanbi.org/
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Unread postby JenB » Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:11 am

Thanx Senyetse, I've sent them an e-mail and will let you know if I have success!
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