Dioscorea Elephantipes, Medium Size, Seed Grown
Elephantipes are prized for their heavily notched, wooden caudices (which resemble turtle shells as they mature, although exact shape and form can vary somewhat with the years).
Well cared for Elephantipes can live upwards of 70 years, adding to their caudex little by little each year. Older Elephantipes have been documented to be as large as three meters across.
When conditions are favorable Elephantipes will produce a lovely vine. The heart-shaped leaves will trellis train easily and grow fast one they get started. The vine will endure as long as conditions are right for photosynthesis, if conditions change the vine will die back and the caudex will rest until favorable conditions resume.
Special Care Instructions, Cold Hardiness and Tips
We advise that you protect the caudex from direct rainfall. These plants have deep-reaching roots when well established, so please make sure to accommodate for root length and be prepared to give your Elephantipes a place to climb once it starts vining. We pot our Elephantipes in a mixture of 1/3 quality organic medium, 1/3 CCF inorganic medium and 1/3 perlite, mixed well.
These plants are somewhat cold hardy. We have seen our Elephantipes maintain their vines down to temps in the lower 20s Fahrenheit (brief exposure to cold only, in a protected place with the caudex wrapped and protected from frost and snow). Frost and snow will kill the vine, but if the cold is a dry cold the vine will endure brief bouts of cold weather. Ideally it is best to bring the caudex in if possible, but obviously that can sometimes be difficult unless you cut the vine. We don't recommend leaving this plant in cold temperatures for extended periods of time. If you are in a region where you need to overwinter then it is best to simply cut the vine before the first frost and allow your Elephantipes to over winter indoors.
If you request an Elephantipes from us it will ship without the vine. Plant it in a tall container (seriously, the taller the pot the better with these guys and make sure it has lots of drainage), with a mixture similar to what we mentioned above and place it in a warm space (or sunny window) with bright, indirect sun. Do not water for the first 2-3 weeks and then drench the potting mixture around the caudex.
You should start to see something that resembles an asparagus emerge from the top of the caudex within 2 weeks after the first watering. If nothing emerges, the caudex is resting and you can try drenching the potting mix again in 2-3 weeks. When conditions are right the caudex will start vining, but these are African plants that are known to have long dormant periods. So please be patient with them.
All photos are property of Cedar Creek Farmhouse and feature actual plants we have sold. Coloration of this cultivar may vary depending on time of year and the plants shown in our photos may be either cold stressed or UV stressed. If you wish to use our photos please send us a permission request.
How to Request a Dioscorea Elephantipes
After submitting your request(s) please make sure that you have received an email confirmation. If you do not receive a confirmation email we did not receive your request.
When the plant arrives we will send you a link with a little video showing the actual specimen we have reserved for you. If you approve of the Elephantipes we have sourced, then you'll finalize your order and you'll pay at that time.
There is no obligation to purchase, this is not a presale, this is simply a request for us to get this plant in for you.
If you have any questions around the Request process please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back with you right away.
The succulents we sell are very rare and availability on most of our plants is limited. This Request site updates daily with new inventory as our partner farms make more plants available.
If the plant you would like to request is not available-- don't worry! We'll definitely get it back in again, but we cannot take formal requests until our farms restock.
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Another thing to keep in mind with our requests is our pricing may be a little more than other sites because a lot of our farms have minimum order amounts and many times we will have to put in a minimum order at the farm to secure your request.
How Long Does the Request Process Take?
Once your plant arrives you will get an email with a link to view your plant and from there you can checkout if you are happy with what we have sourced. If we are unable to obtain a quality specimen we will email you by Day 30 and let you know if we need to cancel the request.
- USPS Priority Mail $10 (Flat rate, per box. Transit times are not guaranteed)
- UPS $14 (Flat rate, per box. Transit times will be 2-3 days.)
If you would like to use a Cedar Creek Farmhouse gift card you may use that when you complete your order (after approving your plant).
We also reserve the right to cancel requests from folks who abuse our Request platform (i.e. requesting numerous times, but never purchasing the specimens we source). We want you to find the perfect plant, but please remember we are a small business and we are doing our very best to match folks with their wish list plants. If the plant we source doesn't strike your fancy then you are under no obligation to make a purchase, but please be mindful that we do have to purchase these plants from our partner farms when you make your request. Just be respectful and only request what you intend to purchase.
If you are a new customer requesting a large number of plants we may email you to verify your requests before procuring the order.
If you have an open request and found your plant somewhere else-- absolutely no worries! We are all collectors and we share the passion for these plants with you-- we get it! If you could give us a heads up we'd greatly appreciate it. Just send a quick email to: email@example.com with the email subject line containing the words ‘Cancellation’ and the Request # we sent to you in your confirmation email. You do not owe us an explanation :)
Our apologies! At the moment Dioscorea Elephantipes is temporarily unavailable for request. This simply means that our cultivating farms are low on stock today for this particular cultivar. Don't worry! Inventory levels change with our farms almost daily. We'd be happy to text you when we have more Dioscorea Elephantipes available for request. Simply text ELEPHANTIPES to 1-833-772-3327 and we'll let you know the moment our farms restock.