Plant Care Dioscorea Elephantipes

Dioscorea Elephantipes

4.7 out of 5 (3 experiences)

Dioscorea Elephantipes has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Dioscorea Elephantipes has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Hottentot Bread, Hottentot Bread, Elephant's Foot, Elephants Foot and Discorea Elephantipes

Taxonomy

Dioscorea elephantipes
Dioscorea
Dioscoreaceae
Dioscoreales

How to care for Dioscorea Elephantipes

💦 Water

How often to water your Dioscorea Elephantipes

Water needs for Dioscorea Elephantipes
0.5 cups
every 9

Dioscorea Elephantipes needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dioscorea Elephantipes

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Hottentot Bread in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dioscorea Elephantipes: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dioscorea Elephantipes love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Dioscorea Elephantipes does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dioscorea Elephantipes in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dioscorea Elephantipes

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dioscorea Elephantipes: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dioscorea Elephantipes after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Dioscorea Elephantipes prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Hottentot Bread Water Frequency →

Hottentot Bread Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dioscorea Elephantipes requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Hottentot Bread Light Requirements →

Hottentot Bread Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Dioscorea Elephantipes does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Hottentot Bread →

When and How to Successfully Repot Hottentot Bread →


💩 Fertilizer

Dioscorea Elephantipes is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


🌸 Flowers

Dioscorea Elephantipes produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Dioscorea Elephantipes

Dioscorea Elephantipes

Dioscorea Elephantipes


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Dioscorea Elephantipes has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Dioscorea Elephantipes has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
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@@PearlyBird
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 552 XP
globe Rochester, NY
09/16/2021

Easy to grow from seed and weathers forgotten watering sessions like a champ. However, needs full sun. FULL. SUN. I’M TALKING SAHARA LEVEL SUN.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Babyplant avatar
@@Babyplant
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 1,616 XP
globe La Habra, CA
03/16/2021

This bad boy literally just sits here and looks goods , I water her once every 3-4 weeks or so and she’s thriving

Survivor Survivor

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