The spectacular flowering plant Stapelia gigantea, also referred to as the gigantic swamp milkweed and native to South Africa and Namibia, can be grown indoors in colder areas or outside in milder climates. The San people have historically used it as an analgesic, but it’s becoming more well-known as an attractive houseplant with gorgeous blossoms that draw butterflies to the garden. Watch your Stapelia gigantea plant grow to its full size and g

Before you even think about growing your Stapelia gigantea plant, you should be certain you have the right kind of environment to grow it in. While these plants do grow outdoors naturally, they require very specific conditions in order to thrive and not die back every winter. Luckily, there are many cacti and succulent experts who are willing to help new growers learn how to care for their plants, especially if they are Stapelia gigantea. Keep reading this guide to get started with growing your own Stapelia gigantea at home!

If you have access to the right light and temperature conditions, the Stapelia gigantea, also known as the Carrion Plant, Starfish Flower, and Giant Warted Stapelia, can be a lovely plant to cultivate. Here are some suggestions for growing one of these enormous succulents, though, before you decide to purchase one.

The Easiest Way To Take Care Of A Star fish Cactus (Stapelia gigantea)

Soil & Water

Stapelia gigantea plants need fertile, well-drained soil with a high organic content and plenty of peat moss. The soil should be kept moist but not wet. Keep the plant in full sun for at least six hours a day. This plant is drought tolerant but will thrive with regular watering, especially during the summer months.

Light, Temperature, and Air Circulation

These plants love bright, indirect light. They also need moderate temperatures and ample air circulation.
When you’re picking out a pot for your succulent, be sure to use a pot that has plenty of room for the plant’s root system. This will help ensure that it stays healthy and happy.

Fertilizers and Nutrients

Mixing a combination of fertilizer, potting soil and water is the best way to keep your plant healthy. You’ll need:
1) Fertilizer with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
2) Potting soil – at least three cups for every one foot of length in your pot.
3) Water – at least one cup of water per day for every gallon pot size.

The First Month

Stapelia is a succulent that is native to the southern Africa. They typically grow as an epiphyte and are used in many gardens as ornamental plants. The leaves are deciduous, and they will drop during colder months or when they don’t receive enough sunlight.
The plant can be propagated by taking cuttings from mature stems. The cuttings should be taken from the bottom of the stem so that there is a node where it was attached to the mother plant.

After 6 Months

It’s been six months since I first brought my Stapelia gigantea plant home and I have a few thoughts on how to care for it. I’ve noticed that the plant is happiest when it’s warm, so I put it in an area where there is plenty of sunlight. It also seems happier in a soil-less mix, so I added perlite and peat moss (in place of potting soil) to the container it came with.

Flowering Tips

Care for your plant by ensuring that it is in a sunny spot and that the soil is well drained. Do not overwater, as this will rot the roots of your plant. The soil should be moist but never soggy. If you live in a dry environment, it may help to mist or water the leaves once or twice per week.


What are the ideal growing conditions for Starfish Cactus (Stapelia gigantea)?

Starfish Cactus thrives in warm, sunny environments. It prefers temperatures between 60°F and 85°F (15°C to 29°C) and should be protected from frost. This succulent needs bright, indirect sunlight, but can also tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning. It’s best to place it in a well-draining potting mix designed for cacti and succulents to prevent root rot.

How often should I water my Starfish Cactus?

Starfish Cactus requires infrequent watering, as it is drought-tolerant. During the growing season (spring and summer), water it thoroughly when the soil is completely dry. This typically means watering every 2-3 weeks. During the dormant season (autumn and winter), water only once a month or fewer. Overwatering can cause root rot, so allow the soil to completely dry out between waterings.

What kind of potting mix should I use for my Starfish Cactus?

Use a well-draining potting mix specifically formulated for cacti and succulents. A good mix can be made by combining standard potting soil with coarse sand, perlite, or pumice in a 1:1 ratio. This ensures that the soil does not retain too much moisture, which can be detrimental to the plant. Additionally, using a pot with drainage holes is essential to prevent water from sitting at the bottom.

How do I propagate Starfish Cactus?

Starfish Cactus can be propagated through stem cuttings. To propagate, follow these steps:
Use a clean, sharp knife to cut a healthy stem from the parent plant.
Allow the cut end to dry for a few days until it develops a callus. Prepare a pot with a well-drained cactus mixture. Plant the callused end of the cutting in the soil. Place the pot in a warm, bright spot that receives indirect sunshine.
Water sparingly until the cutting establishes roots, which usually takes a few weeks. Once rooted, the new plant can be cared for like a mature Starfish Cactus.