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How to plant: Dioscorea Elephantipes

The caudex you will get having long roots...please keep the whole roots like that and don't trim it.

Pic1️⃣ bottom level with pumice then filled the soil about 1cm. Then put the plant in and all the roots beneath it.

Pic2️⃣ fill the soil around it if you couldn't just pour in.

Pic3️⃣ - 4️⃣ gently pull the bulb up and let the soil sliding down under it

Pic5️⃣ - 8️⃣ repeat 3️⃣ - 4️⃣ till the soil filled up the whole pot.

Pic9️⃣ using the small brush clean up some soil on the plant

Pic1️⃣0️⃣ - 1️⃣1️⃣ top level with pebbles/pumice/lekas. It locks humid in soil longer and avoid soil split outside while watering.

It's a climbing plants need the supporting to get strongly stand and grow full leaves.

Pic1️⃣2️⃣ preparing bonsai wire.

Pic1️⃣3️⃣ - 1️⃣4️⃣ bring the sprout spiraling along the wire by left about 1" to put in soil.

Pic1️⃣5️⃣ with bonsai wire is easily to cut with scissors and will not get rusted

From my experience keeping the whole existing roots making caudex growing new roots faster than shorten them. Have no roots the caudex will get rotten super easily.


I recommend to use the fit pot in the first 6 months. 1-1.5cm spaces around caudex is enough. The small pot will control the volume of soil and not too much humid inside. The plants doesn't need very much humid if it doesn't have the full leaves yet. Just need for growing sprout.


This is one of slowly getting full leaves caudex. It needs time about 1.5 months since you get the sprout to develop to the leaves. So the sunlight is one of the key getting full greenery brunch. Once it's got, its roots growing super fast.



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