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The seeds these beauties grew from,were kindly given to me by a very sweet friend & generous Dave's gardener..Kyle Courtney. If not for Kyle I would be without these treasured little beauties and my collection would still be close to a standstill. They have only started to bloom for me from late last year(our summer)onwards. All were under a year old but would have bloomed much sooner had I potted them into bigger pots much earlier that I did and had they been in full sun...for many months they only had a few hours sun per day.. I think Kyle mentioned somewhere that he has had Oleanders bloom at app 6 months...If you want them to bloom in the shortest time possible,my advice would be,and I am no expert by any means,give them all day sun/heat and good rich soil with plenty of moisture.
I have numbered the best that have bloomed for me.There are 6 so far that are all different,many of the others are similar so I have not included them...I still have lots that haven't as yet bloomed. I now have 4 single yellows that to my untrained eye look identical,so I have numbered them as #2
I have used the old double white in this pic for shade/colour comparison...
Who did you contact for seeds from Europe? Do you know if they have doubles? How long did it take you to get them to flower from seed?
What do you do with all the extra plants? I'm hoping that I can get some people interested in trading here in Phoenix.
What way do you use to root your cuttings.
I finally got going with my coral vines. Wow they seem to grow like a snail. I ended up buying two plants at the nursery. The seedlings I have are pretty small. I have about one of two the have grown a bit more.
We finally got a oleander forum and now no one is here...
Mickey, Las Vegas is here. I will pass the word to some of the California gardeners I know. They probably just did not see the announcement. AND, they have not seen the new colors. Type oleanders into Google. The first site has marvelous photos of many multi colored oleanders. I want them all now. I have a whole greenbelt I can fill up with them and see everyday on my walks.
I hate the thought of growing any from seed but I love some of the colors that brical has.
I can't wait to try she closed soda bottle method to root cuttings too. I think there isn't much more time this year to be rooting. I'll be going away for a few weeks and can't have any around then. Too much for the house sitter to take care of.
I'm taking my clippers with me for sure!!!
I hope to get to see the oleander gardens in Houston too if we have time.
I bought Apple Blossum and Sunset this year. There is another one I bought from the same place but the name slips my mind.
Galveston is going to be so hot when we are going to be there, I can just hear the DH crying over the heat. Does any one know of a nursery that has one gallon pots for sale. I think we would have to bring them into the hotel every night so they don't cook.
I really want to see the famous Moody gardens.
Have any seed pods laying around I can pay postage for????? All the cutting our friend sent me I killed. I thought I knew what I was doing because my hibiscus cuttings did well but I murdered the oleanders. We are in the mid 70s. How about you?
It's sadder than you think, Mickey. I believe that Judy (brical1) had her garden flooded during the Queensland floods of Jan 2011 and she hasn't posted to the Australian Gardening forum since. (Although I believe soon after the floods she did contact some member/s privately to say that her garden had been flooded but she was personally OK.) She had a superb garden, including those lovely oleanders whose photos are seen above.
It's late autumn now here in Australia but the cutting of the single yellow oleander that Judy gave me flowered for the first time this summer. Here's a photo of it in flower taken in January, but it's still flowering now.
I really miss seeing Judy here. I hope that she comes back. I don't know if I have ever sen a single yellow or not. I think when it get hot here it s hard to tell yellow from white. When the buds are closed I have seen some plants that look yellow but then open to white. It gets do hot here and it is very dry. I have to water my pots daily!
It's really only the centre of the flower that's yellow; the petals are more or less white/cream. The photo shows the semi-double white Madonna oleander (from a nursery) at the top and the single yellow cutting (from Judy) at the bottom, taken last year.
We miss Judy over at the Australian Gardening forum too. I have some more seedlings (sown from seed that she gave me) which haven't yet flowered; hopefully they will do so this spring/summer--a lovely reminder of Judy herself :-)
PS I know what you mean about watering--in warm weather pots need watering even after rain!
I have a few (I think) Double yellow seeds and my double peach/pink was blooming and single red when these seeds were pollinated, I am not patient enough to grow seeds but for postage I would be glad to share. I think I have 5 pks of 5 seeds each. How long from seed to bloom?
My seedlings were sown just over 2 years ago and have yet to flower, but I seem to remember Judy saying that you can get them to flower within 12 months of sowing. For that they will need full sun (which they didn't get here) and a warmer climate. Plus I tortured mine in too-small pots until finally planting them out last year. But read thru Judy's postings on the subject for a definitive answer. PS The photos I've posted of my flowering oleanders are from *cuttings* given to me by Judy, hence the flowers. Hopefully the seedlings will flower this (southern hemisphere) summer.