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Cryptostegia grandiflora - The Rubber Vine - 10 Fresh Seeds

Cryptostegia grandiflora - The Rubber Vine - 10 Fresh Seeds


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Cryptostegia grandiflora - The Rubber Vine - 10 Fresh Seeds

Cryptostegia grandiflora - The Rubber Vine

This listing is for 10 seeds of this Madagascan native plant.

Cryptostegia grandiflora, commonly known as rubber vine, is a woody-perennial vine that is native to south-west Madagascar. It has also been introduced to most other tropical and subtropical regions by man, because of its attractive flowers and the fact that its latex contains commercial quality rubber (hence the name). It is now naturalised in the Caribbean, East Africa, Mauritius, India, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Latin America, the southern United States, Fiji and New Caledonia.

Seeds germinate after the first rains of the wet season, but growth does not become rapid until well after the wet season begins. However, if enough water is available, rubber vine can grow as much as five metres in one month. Flowering usually occurs after the wet season ends, along with fruit set. It is usual to find both mature and immature fruit on rubber vine at any one time.

A rubber vine can grow up to 2 metres (m) tall as a shrub, but when it is supported on other vegetation as a vine, it can reach up to 30 metres in length. Rubber vine prefers areas where annual rainfall is between 400 and 1400 millimetres (mm), and is well adapted to a monsoonal climate.

It is not hardy at all and will need to be grown as a pot plant in areas that are subjected to any frost. It makes a charming houseplant and will easily climb up a frame or around a hoop and can flower at any time of the year.

Easy to germinate following the instructions located at this link.

This species cannot be sent to Australia

Variety Stapelia
Type Seeds
Sub-Type Cacti/ Succulents

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