The Adenia stylosa or candlestick plant is a shrub or liana. This plant is full of twisted stems, forming a tangle that sticks out in all directions from the main stem.
The trunk or caudex is bottle-shaped, knotty, quite wrinkled, and waxy, which can grow up to 2 meters in height and up to 25 or 30 cm in diameter.
The vines are herbaceous, succulent, grow in summer, and measure up to 3.5 m in length. These vines can crawl on the ground, or they can become entangled by the vegetation around the plant.
The basal parts are often more or less woody.
During the winter, the vines dry out and die.
The leaves of Adenia stylosa have a beautiful bell-shaped, but some may say it looks like a heart.
The colors of the leaves are quite interesting; they go from green to purple with red veins.
The flowers are small and pale yellow or greenish-white. Both the male and female flowers are borne on separate plants and during spring and summer.
I recommend that you grow this plant in your home.
It is a very beautiful plant with a distinct look and showy leaves.
Besides being a beautiful plant, it is an easy plant to care for.
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Adenia stylosa Care
Follow these steps, and you won’t have any issue with the care of your succulent plant.
A very porous substrate is needed; you can add a universal substrate: pumice, vulcanite, and perlite to improve drainage.
If you don’t want to get too complicated with the substrate, you can buy a substrate for cacti and succulents, as they do very well.
Adenia stylosa can grow quite well in full sun or partial shade.
Something curious about this plant is that the Adenia stylosa likes to be in the shade, while the leaves like to be in the sun.
One recommendation is to protect your plant during the sunniest summer hours to prevent the leaves from burning.
The best way to propagate your Adenia stylosa is through seeds since propagation by cuttings is possible, but usually, the plant does not produce a caudex.
If you want the plant to produce seeds, the best way to propagate them is from cuttings since they bloom more freely.
But if you want the plant as decoration, it is best to grow them from seeds, since they develop a caudex.
This plant should be watered with some regularity in summer, while in winter, it is best to keep the soil dry as much as possible to prevent the plant from rotting easily.
Also, this beautiful plant does not like to be watered a lot when it has no leaves.
These plants appreciate warm, sunny climates.
They tolerate high temperatures quite well.
The ideal temperature for this plant is approximately 70ºF (21ºC).
If you have your plant in a pot, it is best that you keep your Adenia stylosa inside your home during the autumn and winter months, all with the purpose of protecting it from extreme cold.
If the temperature where you live is not lower than 60ºF (15ºC), you can have it outside, while if the temperature is below 44ºF (6ºC), it is best to have it inside.
Pests or diseases
The main problem with adenia is root rot when overwatered.
During spring and summer, keep taking care of your plant to prevent it from getting sick from some very common pests at this time of year.
You don’t have to prune Adenia stylosa as regularly.
You just have to remove those leaves that are already wilted to give the plant a more beautiful appearance and maintain its health.
You can fertilize your plant during the active growing season, that is, during spring and summer.
You only have to apply a specific fertilizer for cacti and succulents once every 2 to 3 weeks.
During the fall and winter, suspend fertilization; at this time, the plant does not need to be fertilized.
What you can do is add some fungicide during the winter (it can even be homemade) to prevent the appearance of fungi.
This plant’s sap is poisonous, so you should handle the plant with caution, especially when pruning or transplanting your adenia stylosa.
You should also be careful with thorns, as they can be dangerous.
If you have your plant in a pot, it is best to transplant it every two or three years.
If you notice that the roots are coming out of the drainage hole, it is time to transplant.
Make sure that the new pot has a drainage hole; you can also take the opportunity to add some slow-release fertilizer to strengthen your plant.