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Growing Hoodia

Propagation is accomplished from seed. Cuttings are not an option, as the cut ends rarely form a callus from where roots will form. Seeds are produced in April and May of each year in the northern hemisphere. The seed must be dry and splitting down the middle before seed can be harvested.

The seeds are light brown in color, are flat and have fluffy hair attached to one end. This fluffy hair acts as a parachute to carry the seed when the seed pod splits. The seeds are blown away from the parent plant where they establish themselves. Hoodia plants usually start under another plant or bush to protect them from the strong rays of the sun.

Sandy loam rich in compost is ideal for the hoodia plant to grow. The seeds should be planted no deeper than .5 CM. Make sure the soil you start the seeds in drains well. Over watering will cause the seeds to rot. Only water three times per week under warm conditions, 83 F or above. During the winter months water once every two weeks and keep them in the sun.

Sow the seeds in October or November (northern hemisphere). By October of the following year the plants should be strong enough to be planted in a small plastic pot, using a well drained potting soil.

Hoodia gordonii grows very fast once it gets going These plants respond well to organic material in the soil.. In a three years plants can attain a height of almost a foot and have up to 10 branches.

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