Thanks, I am trying so hard to get better. You really don't completely heal with CFS and POTS, but I have really done better. JUST RESTING now. I sure hope I can finished repotting tomorrow...Sweet hubby, just an angel!
HE DROPPED one of my Christine plants today when he was bringing them to me, OY. That's ok. I think she will live. I didn't get upset at ALLLL at his mistake. He is wonderful!
Great to see you again, Helene. Your spunk is badly needed around here to keep things "happening"!
The Goddess is pretty --- first bloom for her? I keep being surprised at how gorgeous these Russians are. I got a few mainly because, well, they were Russians and I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. But I tend to gravitate to the "flashy" (variegated, unusually coloured or just plain weird) violets, so I wasn't expecting much from them. But they are something else! I just love mine.
Would trade a leaf or two. They are just sooo strong and vigorous. first bloom yes second on the way. takes for ever to open up. They look so mediocer and than POW.fun
I was tempted to place an order on e-bay - but holding off spending$$. Planned to get "touch me not" also ukrain. "Kei yoki" very dear $$$ Lemon Kisses - I love all white/big and can't seem to find many out there..
Anyway - waiting a day or two to show off Robs"pilly dilly" second blooms and just covered.
I have an extra Kei Yoki. If you are interested, just LMK. It was grown from a pair of leaves I got from mrsbonnie over a year ago. I did my very best to kill those leaves, but somehow managed to root them almost six months later! Fortunately, I've gotten a lot better at it since then. And I managed to grow a couple of nice little plants from those leaves. Sheer luck and a bit of rooting gel to the rescue.
I'd be forever greatful. - did order somethings from "Jacks" on e-bay hoping he is good was all sold out already of the Kei Yoki. I found I rooted some of the "Godess" picture above. and the leaves produced, but are still tiny.
I'll re-imburse you for shipping thank you. Helene
OK as promised Robs "Pilly Lilli" Beautiful right? Look at all the buds!
Wrong! in looking closely each and every rosette is not well, choking by mineral salts. I watered from the bottom all the time and never flushed it. So now the salts settled aroung the stems of the rosettes. So now I hope they will re-root...
I want to go home and cry!
I do wish we could post more than one pic. here at a time
No not any more. those salts distroy the tissues of the stems. When bottom watering, AV have to be leached ( think is the word) every once and a while. I forgot. The dif. rosettes will make new rooted plants.
She was so pretty I do want to cry...
I've done the same thing--especially when I had lots of violets. I guess experience is the best teacher, unfortunately, in this case. It is a beauty, hope you get lots of babies!
"Nobody can go back and start a New Beginning, but anyone can start Today and make a New Ending"...My mantra these days. ^_^
Me too, Helene -- lost a few along the way that have made me really sad. The worst was one of my very favorites -- Deans Ladybug, and I am really kicking myself because I didn't take any leaves for backup. Won't make that mistake again ...
Helene -- Don't worry about shipping for Kei Yoki. But if you can spare them, I'd really love a stolon or two from one of those gorgeous pink episcias you posted a couple months ago. The pinks are difficult to find and even harder to buy. I saw a beautiful variegated one on eBay recently that went for $30! Good grief ...
Regarding jacksviolets -- I've bought from them several times, and have had mostly great experiences. Nice big healthy plants. Last time they were smaller and somewhat overpotted. But I see that they've dropped their prices now as well, so perhaps that accounts for the change. And Kathy Egelund has always been quite nice and very conscientious whenever I've e-mailed. All in all one of the better ebay vendors (IMHO)
Here is a bloom from one grown from a leaf labeled as "EK-Vesennaya Akvarel" . . . the description puts it as cream color with pink sprayed on edges . . . I'm hoping that future blooms will be more creamy . . .
Totally agree about the blue vs purple issue. I think part of it is that many purples photograph as blue, and I guess maybe the descriptions are based on photos? In any case it is a real pet peeve of mine!
I've had blues photograph as purples as well. Have had to toss many great photos b/c the color was not accurate. And...have spent lots of time playing with my camera's white balance, and trying the effects of different types/sources of lighting. I see some photography courses in my future... :P
I first emailed her a few weeks ago, when the baby russians I have of hers started to bloom. I am getting ready for the club show at the end of this month, and some of the plants I have of hers aren't registered, and I've lost some of the descriptions. I asked her if she could give me the descriptions for a few, and she replied back that she didn't have the descriptions in english, but that I could have google translate her website. That's been interesting! I asked her a question again last night, and she replied back that I could use any of the pix from her website to show buyers what the blooms will look like . . .
You figured it out all right Nichole, hehe. I'm thinking about getting a few leaves too when it's warms up here. Helene, Russian leaves swap is a great idea, I'm sure there will be much interest on this forum. Especially when you post your pics lol
Well, wick watering isn't really working for my plants. I remember in the house before I moved into the apartment, that my wicked plants just loved the capillary matting. So, I went and got some acrylic felt yesterday. Got it cut to size, and put the tray together with the egg crate, felt, etc. Put in the water . . . I thought the felt should be soaked by the time I got home from work, but the top is still dry. I put in more water, but I was wondering if I needed to just get the felt wet before putting it in the tray . . . Seems to me the last time that it took a bit, but the felt got itself wet eventually. Don't remember it taking hours, though . . .
Tha's is how I grew over 2000 - yes 2M. Cappilary matting - off white blankets on top of egg crates (the kind you get for flourescent lights) - Had beautiful AV's thnking of going that route again - Having new trays coming as we speaksince my collection is increasing sooooo.
May be you have to soak what you bought first and then try again.
Speaking of trades (Russian, non-Russian) . . . don't forget to keep your Want/Have list updated in the sticky thread. I just got done updating mine, and I tell you what . . . put that off for too long!
You see if you are into showing as I was then, you need them coming small medium and large plants you can not just count on one plant... and I was going into selling off leaves. It never happend. We started commu. to Fl. and came home as it happened DD was to sick to water and they all DIED. I didn't enter this room for monthsThen I Didn't have but one white flowering AV for years. But did have this one and only one All white,,,Now I have a mess on my hands again. Love It...
xGloximannia 'Medea'. I don't know if that's right. I got it from Rob's and I love it regardless of what it is. The plant looks more like a Seemannia without any evidence of a Gloxinia perennis which would be in the parentage of 'Medea'.
Precisely! Every little plastic or glass container works. I've used coffee cups on occasion. I just bought a pack of paper bathroom cups for that purpose. 200 little pots for like 3 bucks was a pretty good deal I thought. They might be tacky but they serve their purpose. LOL
OMG Omg she has survived 6 months and is blooming. What a woman - would not fit into a "K" cup. Needs a LOT of TLC as you can see by the leaf amputation. Loves warm, warm, warm, wet,wet,wet.
Never grew anything in these conditions. Thank you Tish.
Is that Cleopatra Helene? Congratulations on the bloom! That is a pretty little blue trailer. She needs her name. I don't recognize the Optimara, but she's beautiful.
Spring! I've been outside lots lately, enjoying the azaleas, iris, lillie, glads, daffodils, hydrangeas... Here's a calla lilly.
This is a picture of a show plant. I bet, the exhibitor let a bit of "steam" out of the terrarium before the judging.
And your Cleopatra is beautiful. Usually they remove the flowers before a show because they supposedly distract from the foliage and the colors clash. Well, that's not my opinion but that's what they do...
OHHH that show cleopatra is sooO great. Years ago, in our Hudson highlands AV club we had a gentleman come with one each and every year at show time, and each and every year so beautiful thats what got me hooked. But so hard to grow.
Perhaps I should fertilize a bit?? any thoughts on this? I just let he be under glass and hardly ever have to water.
Helene, I grow my Canadian Cleo under a dome with a fairly large hole in the top and my other Cleo with less air-holes.I fertilize them very little and just check them once in awhile.Yours appears to be the Canadian.Very nice !!
Your jars look great! My large Cleo is in 2 salad bowls clipped together with a hole in the top.I like the little jars from the dollar store for my Sinns,but sometimes they grow a little over the top.
Yes, it was great. Most of the offered plants were Streps and Episcias of amazing quality. Gary Mikita's Episcias were off the chain (and that's why I had to get three of them) and so were his Streps. Another lady also brought a boat load of wonderful Streps in all colors and sizes. Yet another vendor had a few Sinningias and I had to get all but one... Yes, I admit it: I'm an obsessive compulsive Sinningia grower! Before I left, Gary gave me another Episcia for my collection: "Thad's Diamond Dust". On top of it all, the raffle yielded another two Streps and a Nematanthus fissus cutting. And I seriously thought, I would be able to make some room by bringing plenty of plants for the raffle table... LOL
You are so lucky to have such a awesome club. It sounds like your club show/sale is a destination as good as National! You are convincing me to try to grow some Sinningias and I sure don't have the room for it.
Well, space is always the problem, isn't it? Fortunately there are plenty of compact/mini/micro Sinningias on the market and the large majority of them is easy enough to grow and flower. And, of course, consume the last bit of space available...
Until two weeks ago, I didn't have a single Episcia. I just kept telling myself not to buy one because they get so big so fast - now I have six...
And thinking of all the Chirita and Begonia leaves I put down for propagation makes me contemplate another two or three light stands...
It never ends.,, But we don't want it any other way! ;)
And this is when you know that you have a problem:
I just dug up an excellent article in Gesneriads 3/2009 by Jill Fischer on how she grows Episcias, particularly the pink ones like 'Cleopatra'.
She uses a shallow container with a bottom layer of perlite for drainage, soilless mix with additional Perlite, Vermiculite and LFS and a top dressing of pre moistened LFS. She says that the stolons root easily in the LFS and it also helps to keep the soil moist.
Temperatures around 75 degrees and humidity around 70%, soil barely moist to prevent rot.
1/8 strength fertilizer every two weeks to accomodate the slow growth rate.
Seems as if slightly cooler temperatures will help maintain better leaf coloration.
Well, mislabeled plants - the story of my life. LOL Anyway! Considering the notorious variability of Episcias and their tendency to look different in pictures, no one can be certain... I got my 'Butternut' from Gary Mikita and I'll have trust his expertise on this.
Bottom line: Whatever it is, it's gorgeous and I love it! :)
Quoting:Until two weeks ago, I didn't have a single Episcia. I just kept telling myself not to buy one because they get so big so fast - now I have six...
I've got two words for you, Olaf . . . Hanging Baskets.
I brought home a few 6" hanging baskets from the nursery in Boerne last week . . . I have 2 of my Episcia's in 5" pan pots, and I'm thinking "I don't have shelf space", so . . . instead of actually planting one of them IN the hanging basket, I just turned a 3oz solo cup upside down, and set the pan pot on top of that . . . here's a pic of one . . . you can see the brown of the pan pot just inside . . .
Exactly! Hanging baskets are the ONLY solution. Well, and not buying any more Episcias, of course but that horse is out of the barn... :)
That's a cool setup there! It immediately solves the problem of too much wet soil around the roots without adding too much weight and the gaps won't be visible for a long time. I usually just attach chains or rope to any pot and make my own hanging basket but this is even better.
Another cool way to grow and display Episcias are Strawberry pots but they don't really solve the space issue. They just look adorable. :)
BTW: I get most of my "specialist equipment" from the dollar store. The crafts isle is always full of useful stuff. From sheet moss to pea gravel. From small clay and plastic pots to pruners. Everything's a dollar. :)
That's a great idea Nichole! I usually just keep chopping mine back to save space.
Jamie,the regular Cleo. grows much slower and needs super high humidity.Mine has only a couple of air-holes.A lot of people grow it completely enclosed.The trailers you sent are doing great,but even after repotting I am getting some yellowish leaves.I used Epson salts,but maybe they need to be foliar fed???
Purchased in 2009, never repotted, East window, Fertilizer 6-3-6 ad 0.8 mL/L lukewarm water, yes, every-time , from below
Nice, flat, accurate array of leaves. The flowers have a very subtle, just a hint of a white rim.
I have decided to get rid of most of my standard plants . . . I'm stupid for having a thing for standards in an apartment . . . I don't have the space! So I'm going to keep 2-3 of the standards, and make the move to mini's and semi mini's . . .
Ibrabec, I shall try in both directions, iow: "Reciprocally"
My third African Blue (did I say Blue?! *LOL*) is very cute and, it has produced a number of small offsets, in the meantime.
ACTUALLY! it is or it appears blue if the environmental light originates from the sun or from a common fluorescent tube / CFL bulb
But it looks VIOLET if the light comes from an incandescent lightbulb.
I may clear my standards too, starting with all the solid colors. It seems that the large growing and variegated ones do best in shows and the small standards are just wasting my space. I agree with you about Rebel's Splatter Kate and I can't live without Music Box Dancer.
Just getting back into violets and begonias after a long hiatus. Your pictures inspire me! I've been droolign over some of the Russians that I've been seeing here and on eBay. I hope to get in on some trades, someday -- have ordered plugs and leaves and it's almost like waiting for Christmas!
I've put a few of mine on eBay, to see how they do . . . I've been keeping an eye on things on the Marketplace . . . I haven't actually listed anything (I don't think) since Dave left . . . but now you mention it Lynn, I probably will list some for a few days and see how they do! Will wait until tomorrow am, though.
Ann -- your pictures came out very well -- don't show hubby or he may not take any more photos for you because they are so well-done! (lol) And beautiful gesneriads, too. Very inspiring! I'm looking forward to my first shipment from Linda at Bloomin' Jungle -- I've got 10 strep starters coming -- it's like waiting for Christmas!
The alsobia cygnet looks great. I have an older specimen and it has become 'woody'. That plant looks best when young, with fresh growth (like humans!).
Lynn- Maybe I'll try listing my standards in Marketplace. Do you think anyone would want them when not in bloom or should I wait? I mostly keep AV's disbudded until show time.
Thanks! That is true about the Alsobia I usually end up starting new and throwing away the old. Most of my violets are going out of bloom now; don't like my 80 degree house, but the other gesneriads are really all coming into bloom.
I love the Chrysothemis and I admire your seemingly steady watering routine. I have a dormant tuber and a sulking Chrysothemis friedrichsthaliana. If Achimenes can be finnicky about drying out, Chrysothemis surely are...
BTW: Not to be nitpicky or anything but your Streptocarpella should be Streptocarpus subgenus Streptocarpella 'Concord Blue'... LOL I love this plant! It's one of those totally reliable ones. You don't happen to have a cutting? Please?
Sorry she is a bit old. fast grower beautiful flower/leaf combo. any sucker wanted I guess: 5-10 not sure. One definitey has to learn to plant many suckers continuously (here inf FL) outside and would get beautiful hanging plants. - the seem to Need new soil all the time.
Well -- the epsicia's growth habit is nature's was of ensuring survival -- putting energy into making as many stolons as possible, sending out the babies to root and having the babies make more babies quickly instead of giving a lot of enegry to the original mama to keep it good-looking. In nature, the bald center of the whole deal would be overun by rooting babies. With stoloniferous plants in the wild, it's interesting to track their expansion and "walk" across a landscape!
here in Sarasota "Selby Garden" in the Orchid display room, that is exactly what they use the Ep's for walking across the rooms underneath the Orchids. just beautiful, of course you want to snip one or two - but you don't take a chance...
Exactly! The "problem" only arises when not being allowed to "wander" i.e. when you grow Episcias in pots. There are plenty of pictures on the web showing Episcias as groundcovers in tropical gardens. In Chicago, however, I'll have to keep repotting and rerooting... :)
Sorry to take so long but on the Streptocarpella I just redid the entire plant last fall and it is really doing good. The extras that I put down I sold at our club sale in February. If you lived in Phoenix I would love to give you a couple of clippings but I don't want to get involved with trying to ship; especially since it is pushing 100 here.