Hoodia Parviflora Consider Hoodia’s natural desert environment. In the desert the sun will heat up the surface stones and sand sometimes to well over 122 degrees. There can then be short intense thunderstorms which will create a short period of very warm and very humid weather. Hoodia has a very short germination period, usually within 3 days. The seeds will germinate and grow roots quickly to draw in the moisture held under the surface. The desert air in their native environment is always blowing, so the humidity will be gone within a couple days.
Hoodia Parviflora While zone 11 lowest temperatures average around 50 degrees, Hoodia can take a few nights with temperatures in the 30’s, if they are protected from dew setting on the crowns of the stems. Shade cloth will provide enough protection from the dew. I also shield my plants with plastic during winter rains.
The light needs of Hoodia range from medium to high. These plants often grow in bushes, where the bush gives some shade, but some clumps are solitary and in full sun the whole day.
Propagation is done mainly from seed. Cuttings are not really an option, as the severed ends very rarely form a callus from where roots will eventually form. Seeds are produced from June thru October each year. Seeds can be collected when the seed horns start to split down the middle and begin to open.
Hoodia is part of the milkweed family. The seeds are light brown in color, flat and have a tuff of fluffy hair attached to their one end. When the seed pod splits open, the seeds float away on little parachutes. Life for a young Hoodia plant begins under the protection of a nurse plant. A nurse plant is a shrub, a clump of tall grass under which the young plant germinates and grows, protected from the sun by its leaves and branches.