Dioscorea elephantipes (Testudinaria elephantipes), commonly known as Hottentot Bread or Elephant’s Foot. A nice caudex type plant that forms a wooden bulb over time. These plants can get extremely old and the wooden bulb can reach diameters of almost 1 meter.
The plant grows fine in regular Succulent soil. Plant the bulb 0,5 – 1 cm deep in the soil. Give it some shade (we grow these on the lower shelves in the greenhouse). It needs good watering when the plant is actively growing and showing leaves. This is usually in spring and autumn. Reduce waterings when the plant has dropped her leaves. Dioscorea elephantipes tends to drop her leaves in the dry hot summer months and in winter. Do not worry if the leaf stem breaks. It can form a new one.
Succulent Pots for your Dioscorea elephantipes plants
There are so many Succulent pots available online which could be suitable for your Dioscorea elephantipes. Ceramic Dioscorea pots, Stone Succulent pots, Concrete pots, Glas pots and Wooden plant pots. There is a great selection of all kinds of Succulent Pots on Amazon and Bol.com.
Succulent Grow Lights for your Dioscorea elephantipes plants
All Succulents need bright light to grow well. They will stay more compact and get brighter colors. Good lighting is also important for plant health and photosynthesis. In a greenhouse or on a windowsill facing south this usually isnt an issue. If you can not offer bright light for your Dioscorea elephantipes plants, we highly recommend using Succulent grow lights. There is a great selection of different types of Succulent Grow Lights on Amazon and Bol.com.