is anyone of you growing Ibicella lutea? For me this year it´s the first time. And I can also assure you it´ll remain the last time! When I saw pictures of the flowers of Ibicella lutea I loved them so much I wanted to grow this plant, too. However someone at a German board told me the smell of the slime all parts of the plant is coverd with shall smell "mangy" (if I may say so in English). I wonder if the author was thinking on a mangy dog or a mangy billy goat. Honestly I couldn´t imagine how "mangy" really should smell. :-/ Now I KNOW! I´ve sown seeds into a 5 litre clay pot - before sowing I soaked the seeds 24 hrs in GA3. The seeds began to germinate already after three days!
I was told in a comparatively small pot the plant wouldn´t become very big - approx. 50 cm in diametre. Outdoors the plant would reach up to a meter in diameter. Well....the biggest plant on my balcony has also become a monster of a whole meter in diameter! It´s a little too big for my small balcony... Every time I have to step onto the balcony I touch the leaves and slime sticks to my trousers. The smell of this slime is rather disgusting!
There are three plants on the photo. The main plant has overgrown the others and one of the smaller bent down to the ground - you see the plant in the background already starts to bend down. I have finally cut that plant. ONE plant in a pot is enough! But you don´t know how many seeds will germinate so I put three seeds into the pot. All eventually germinated and resulted into plants.
The photos are from July if I´m not wrong. I sowed around 20th May. They grow incredibly fast when it´s sunny and warm!
The flowers are really beautiful but I won´t ever grow this plant in a container on the balcony anymore! Thankfully the stench is not intense but clearly noticeable if you get closer to the plant. The flowers don´t smell remarkably btw. I have watched bumblebees excitedly visit the flowers with resulting in pollination on some flowers. Also the fruits develop rapidly.They can reach a length of 15 cm. I think I will keep one as a souvenir! ^^
Well....I´m planning to stop watering soon...oh btw...this greedy herb seriously swallows a whole litre of water every day (unless it´s a rainy day anyway)! I think I have enough of this nasty beast! *LOL*
Thanks for your attention.
Edited by Andreas, 29 August 2014 - 11:42 PM.