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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 25, 2011
9:18 AM

Post #8449340

This is soo sweet
"Ballet snow cone" Mrs. Bonnie says it's micromini

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helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 25, 2011
9:20 AM

Post #8449342

this is a Russian: "EK Goddess of Beauty" Gorgeous



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helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 25, 2011
9:30 AM

Post #8449358

Closup of the Goddess

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 25, 2011
10:43 AM

Post #8449472

They are beautiful Helene!

Lynn
phoebesviolets
Land of OZ, CT
(Zone 6a)

March 25, 2011
3:12 PM

Post #8449958

Ballet Snowcone has always had my heart--nice plant Helene!
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 25, 2011
11:33 PM

Post #8450744

Helen!! It's so nice to see you. Your violets are beautiful!!
mrsbonnie
Ottawa, IL
(Zone 9a)

March 26, 2011
3:25 AM

Post #8450797

such pretty plants.
bonnie
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 26, 2011
3:55 PM

Post #8451909

Helene, the microminni is lovely. I find those more difficult to grow and yours is perfect!
Here's some blooms:
Kohleria Beltane

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 26, 2011
3:56 PM

Post #8451912

Ooops. That is Drymonia chiribogana above and Kohleria Beltane here.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 26, 2011
3:58 PM

Post #8451917

Phinea albolineata. The first of my gessie seed fund's seeds planted in November to bloom.

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 26, 2011
4:38 PM

Post #8451985

OMG Omg I know violets but everything else ??? Epicias culture is coming along here in FL. Your plants and flowers must be very rewarding.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 26, 2011
4:51 PM

Post #8452008

Lovely pictures! I am in the middle of repotting. WOW, not being well, it is SO HARD. Hubby helps. Still so much work. I wish repotting didn't have to be done.

Used to be pretty easy, just messy, ha.

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helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 26, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8452023

Oh geez Sally your doing so good. Your trying - working on your plants- repotting and just doing daily "Living" and I am sure DH is now used to helping and knows it's part of housekeeping.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

March 26, 2011
4:59 PM

Post #8452034

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!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 27, 2011
8:19 AM

Post #8453092

Sally, Your positive attitude is inspiring. You're counting your blessings and living life. You too Helene. Yall's blooms and pictures are fantastic. Keep them coming!
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 27, 2011
9:59 AM

Post #8453302

Thank you all for the lovely pictures :-).One of these days I will post a few.

Lynn
wiggiej
Ann Arbor, MI

March 27, 2011
12:03 PM

Post #8453583

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. 

Jan

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 27, 2011
1:48 PM

Post #8453784

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.
wiggiej
Ann Arbor, MI

March 27, 2011
5:39 PM

Post #8454335

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.

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 28, 2011
6:47 AM

Post #8455383

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

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 28, 2011
9:37 AM

Post #8455847

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

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

March 28, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8455884

It's beautiful. Can't you wash it off from the top now? Will the salts cause permanent damage?
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 28, 2011
10:06 AM

Post #8455927

It looks great!

Lynn

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 28, 2011
12:36 PM

Post #8456236

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...
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

March 28, 2011
12:58 PM

Post #8456285

I understand Helene.I lost my beautiful Champagne Pink trailer because I forgot and left a North window open.When I found it 2 days later I couldn't even save a leaf.I nearly cried too.

Lynn
phoebesviolets
Land of OZ, CT
(Zone 6a)

March 28, 2011
1:03 PM

Post #8456291

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. :-)

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wiggiej
Ann Arbor, MI

March 28, 2011
1:29 PM

Post #8456354

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 ...

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wiggiej
Ann Arbor, MI

March 28, 2011
1:57 PM

Post #8456419

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)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2011
11:34 AM

Post #8465085

I can't seem to take pictures except at dusk or outside,so pardon the lack of color please.
Burgundy Ruffles from Shanika...on her fancy wicking container.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8465090

Foxwood Trail from Jamie.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2011
11:36 AM

Post #8465093

Little Bo Peep,a purchase.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2011
11:36 AM

Post #8465095

Katie

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2011
11:37 AM

Post #8465097

Rob's Humpty Doo.Thanks Jamie :-).

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2011
11:38 AM

Post #8465099

Rob's Jindalee,another from Jamie.Excuse the mildew!

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2011
11:39 AM

Post #8465100

Targa.Thanks Shanika.:-)

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2011
11:40 AM

Post #8465102

Two-W Miss Jennie from Sister Jan.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 1, 2011
12:24 PM

Post #8465185

Very, very good growing Lynn! Pretty blooms and I love the foliage on Little Bo Peep.
Rob's Galiwinku semiminiature trailer

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 1, 2011
12:26 PM

Post #8465190

Ozornye Voli. I like Russians, but they don't seem to form full bouquets of blooms for me.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 1, 2011
12:27 PM

Post #8465196

Reliable Optimara Alabama. I don't know which one, since I think there are at least 3 out there.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2011
12:30 PM

Post #8465200

They are beauties Jamie!! All the trailers you sent me are in bud,except the species one.It seems to be growing very slow.

Lynn

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 1, 2011
2:12 PM

Post #8465385

Quoting: I like Russians, but they don't seem to form full bouquets of blooms for me


I have the same complaint
beautiful flowers for april -
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8465771

:-)

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2011
5:56 PM

Post #8465776

My Russians are just starting to bloom . . . Here are some blooms from EK-Nautilus . . . really wish more of hers were registered!

Description: Large semi-double ruffled bluish-white flowers. Standard

Now, is it just me, or are so many of the blooms that are described as "blue" actually look "purple"?



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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2011
5:57 PM

Post #8465778

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 . . .

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 2, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8466740

Really pretty! I love the ones with a different colored edge. It does look purple though.
S. orbicularis

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phoebesviolets
Land of OZ, CT
(Zone 6a)

April 2, 2011
7:59 AM

Post #8466745

Sweet!
wiggiej
Ann Arbor, MI

April 2, 2011
8:38 AM

Post #8466785

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!
phoebesviolets
Land of OZ, CT
(Zone 6a)

April 2, 2011
8:47 AM

Post #8466796

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
phoebesviolets
Land of OZ, CT
(Zone 6a)

April 2, 2011
8:50 AM

Post #8466803

Also, the descriptions are written by the plant's hybridizer and submitted to the AVSA for approval/registration.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8467162

russian version of purple??? In slavic everything is blue...life simplified.

Colorblind???

phoebesviolets
Land of OZ, CT
(Zone 6a)

April 2, 2011
1:49 PM

Post #8467197

Sorry...can't speak for the Russian growers :P
And now that I think of it, I have never grown a Russian violet! :-)

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2011
2:15 PM

Post #8467256

curious. What does EK mean as in russian violets.?

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2011
2:28 PM

Post #8467277

I am answering my own question EK As in "E Korshunova" is the hybridizer
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2011
3:06 PM

Post #8467315

She's a real nice lady to email back and forth with . . .
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2011
3:48 PM

Post #8467376

Have you contacted her Nichole? I'd love to talk to her, she seems to create the best Russians I saw, at least in comparison to say Makuni...
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2011
3:55 PM

Post #8467390

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 . . .
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2011
5:07 PM

Post #8467565

If you need help with translation from Russian? just LMK, will be happy to help
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2011
5:14 PM

Post #8467579

Does she have her own website? I had no luck when tried to google it
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2011
5:45 PM

Post #8467645

http://www.ek-fialki.com/
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8467741

Thanks, had no idea about the website. Can you believe she doesn't fertilize her plants, just repots into fresh soil, isn't it interesting?

Sorry for hijacking the thread, promise to post my blooms too!
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 3, 2011
4:09 AM

Post #8468256

BTW here is the descriptions of many Russians:
http://www.avsa.org/russian/varieties/varieties.htm

Ooops, I did it again... But nice pics too to drool all over lol

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 3, 2011
8:28 AM

Post #8468666

beautiful violets - I am getting some of the newer from Violet Barn - perhaps we could trade leaves?
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 3, 2011
9:12 AM

Post #8468739

That's where I got the link for her email, was from the AVSA russian listings . . . :-)
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 3, 2011
9:39 AM

Post #8468776

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

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 3, 2011
10:01 AM

Post #8468810

arriving this week looking forward to it. yes a Russian swap would be divine.

BTW beutiful Woman. As pretty as her violets. I think.

The Goddess

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helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 3, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8469205

also materials such as a light bulb gutted using a tiny frog for the 3 men

baby food jar - using a tiny frog glued to the jar lid for the 3 men depending on your container size specs.
shellimac
Puyallup, WA

April 3, 2011
4:06 PM

Post #8469578

Rose Bouquet on Sunday 4/3/11

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 3, 2011
5:50 PM

Post #8469792

Here is S. HCY's Blue Dolphin. I got the tuber of this plant from David of Dave's Violets back in November . . .

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 3, 2011
7:39 PM

Post #8470118

geeez ebeautiful violets/plants - this is the month to show them off and than May as well.
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 4, 2011
9:21 AM

Post #8471124

I just love the variegated violets- beautiful Rose bouquet!
I have some Russians and would love to do a leaf swap too! Lubimaia Dochka

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 4, 2011
10:53 AM

Post #8471314

Great pictures! I love the foliage on Rose Bouquet.I just got a few tiny baby Russians,so maybe I will have some to trade later.

Lynn
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2011
12:24 PM

Post #8471473

On a side note . . . capillary matting . . . who uses it?
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 4, 2011
12:34 PM

Post #8471500

I only use it to root leaves.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2011
12:52 PM

Post #8471535

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 . . .

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 4, 2011
1:26 PM

Post #8471598

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.

Blankets are sturdy and mashine washable.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 4, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8471616

If a few show interest in a Russain AV exchange I can start a new thread.

I thought perhaps something like this
see who is interested,
Then who has what
then who wants what from whom
or other suggestions!?

Also guiding on shipping methods. I just saw where this person actually makes little vases with Alum Foil for shipping, interesting.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 4, 2011
1:39 PM

Post #8471628

This was my set - up years ago.

Had 3 shelves built of wood, dthem with heavy plastic egg crate cut to size and off-white nylon/wool fluffy blankets cut to size.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1115204/
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 4, 2011
7:52 PM

Post #8472632

Helene- 2,000!!!! I have about 200 and it's becoming too much for me. I give 'gift' them away at every club meeting and anyone who comes to my house! I can't even imagine more. You are a machine!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 5, 2011
1:01 PM

Post #8474078

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!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 5, 2011
7:50 PM

Post #8474988

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...
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 5, 2011
8:35 PM

Post #8475084

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes!
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

April 10, 2011
9:04 AM

Post #8484962

Such pretty plants everyone growingg,thanks for posting the pictures!



Jan
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 10, 2011
11:13 AM

Post #8485145

Welcome back Jan :-)!!

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 10, 2011
2:36 PM

Post #8485502

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'.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 10, 2011
2:36 PM

Post #8485506

Columnea 'Aladdin's Lamp'.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 10, 2011
2:37 PM

Post #8485507

I love the deep color!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 10, 2011
2:37 PM

Post #8485509

Sinningia muscicola aka 'Rio Das Pedras'. A wonderful micro mini species with very cool foliage.

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 10, 2011
5:12 PM

Post #8485905

Such a cute micro mini, I always have problem taking a descent picture, yours looks great!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 10, 2011
6:33 PM

Post #8486130

Is that in a 1oz solo cup?
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2011
5:56 AM

Post #8486979

Thanks carpathiangirl! It's a real happy little plant.

Syrumani: I don't know if it is a one ounce. The cup is 1 1/4 inches tall and 1 3/4 inches wide.

This is a picture of the plant right after I got it. Unfortunately it lost a few leaves on the way home but it has almost replaced them by now.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2011
5:59 AM

Post #8486987

Sinningia 'Yma' (S. muscicola x S. bullata, hybridized by Jim Steuerlein). One of my favorite mini Sinningias.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2011
10:13 AM

Post #8487707

It looks like the shallow 2 ounce cups they sell at restaurant supply stores.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2011
10:28 AM

Post #8487734

It's the size that comes with cough syrup bottles.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 11, 2011
12:39 PM

Post #8487974

LOL cough syrup bottle top. we do use imaginable ---

Beautiful pictures
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2011
1:20 PM

Post #8488062

whatever it takes... :)
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2011
1:42 PM

Post #8488102

Quoting:LOL cough syrup bottle top. we do use imaginable ---


No kidding! I have even used the used up k-cups from my coffee maker for leaves and small plants!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2011
2:16 PM

Post #8488206

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
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2011
2:56 PM

Post #8488296

Be careful with the paper ones though.They will not last long.The plastic or plastic coated last forever.

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2011
3:07 PM

Post #8488317

I repot frequently to prevent salt build up. The paper ones last about 6 months and remind me to repot by starting to deteriorate. :)

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 11, 2011
4:02 PM

Post #8488410

Wow another lesson learned - I have "K" cups. When the kids come tons...

better than egg styro cartons...TU girls

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 11, 2011
4:21 PM

Post #8488453

Starting to bloom now. An Optimara

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 11, 2011
4:24 PM

Post #8488461

who am I ? s/m trailer any ideas???

someone donated this to me last year, perhaps "tish". Love Love Love it

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helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 11, 2011
4:28 PM

Post #8488475

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.

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2011
4:40 PM

Post #8488504

What a beauty Helene, gorgeous colors. Here is my fist trailer Pink Satin in the new upgraded home lol

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 11, 2011
6:43 PM

Post #8488788

what do you think of this EK ,flowers are 2"across, believe ?

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 15, 2011
8:56 AM

Post #8497605

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.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 15, 2011
8:57 AM

Post #8497610

And a peony.

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 15, 2011
12:24 PM

Post #8497948

Yes, the real "Cleo" needs damp and warm OMG never grew anything in such humidity.
Blue trailer is beautiful.

i had so many variaties of peonies in NY miss all that.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2011
12:58 PM

Post #8498007

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...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2011
1:06 PM

Post #8498018

I thought, this Achimenes erecta 'Tiny Red' was just adorable. I can't wait for my own rhizomes to sprout.

Seen at the plant show and sale of the Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society @ Chicago Botanic Garden, 03/19/2011.

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helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2011
8:04 AM

Post #8499671

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.

The orange flowers do distract - should be pink.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2011
10:40 AM

Post #8499953

Beautiful pictures everybody...drool.

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 !!

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2011
11:17 AM

Post #8500021

I haven't grown a pink Episcia yet but since they grow a lot slower than their non-pink brethren, I wouldn't feed them a lot either. Less is more.

E. "Pink Smoke" has pink leaves and pink flowers as far as I remember.

Olaf
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2011
12:04 PM

Post #8500104

I think,(but I'm not positive),that Pink Smoke has an orange flowered cultivar and a pink one.

Lynn

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 17, 2011
8:48 AM

Post #8501757

Oh I am glad to know that it is the Canadian - didn't know. I do have another one that was labeled Canadian That one I grow in a ginger Jar on its side so it does get air.

It is good to talk about these things here. Inspiring!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 17, 2011
9:07 AM

Post #8501782

Cleo in Ginger Jar

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 17, 2011
9:09 AM

Post #8501785

white Sinningia in Ginger Jar blooms often, not at the moment

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2011
10:10 AM

Post #8501865

Helene,
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.

Lynn

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 17, 2011
11:17 AM

Post #8501978

Thank you - I happen to have these things. And they do look good in the DR.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2011
6:22 PM

Post #8502841

Today I went to the meeting of the Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society and this is some of my loot:

Episcia 'Showtime'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2011
6:22 PM

Post #8502842

Episcia 'Butternut'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2011
6:25 PM

Post #8502848

Episcia 'Thad's Diamond Dust' which Gary Mikita (Gary's Out Of Africa) gifted to me. Thanks Gary!


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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8502849

Sinningia 'Heartland's Wow'. One of Dale Martens' spectacular calyx double Sinningias.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2011
6:27 PM

Post #8502852

Closeup of S. 'Heartland's Wow'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2011
6:28 PM

Post #8502854

Streptocarpus 'Bristol's Red Typhoon'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2011
6:29 PM

Post #8502858

This one was in the Little Show. Columnea 'Malissa'

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 17, 2011
9:06 PM

Post #8503222

Wow Olaf, what a great show to sell such beautiful plants. Wish I could have been there.
Lynn and Helene- How's a canadian cleo different and can you tell me which Cleo this is?

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helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 18, 2011
7:31 AM

Post #8503712

Not sure how to tell, Been told that Canadian sport is easier to grow. Lynn knows the difference in coloration , I think. Your pic. looks like my 2
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2011
8:08 AM

Post #8503781

Hey Jamie!

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
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 18, 2011
8:39 AM

Post #8503868

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.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2011
8:56 AM

Post #8503920

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:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2011
10:09 AM

Post #8504012

Hey everyone!

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.

I hope that helps.

Olaf
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2011
10:41 AM

Post #8504070

Olaf,
What a haul! They are just gorgeous :-). Butternut may be mislabeled though.
As far as Cleo goes,I will take a couple pictures and come right back.

Lynn
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2011
11:01 AM

Post #8504114

Cleo

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2011
11:02 AM

Post #8504115

Canadian Cleo.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2011
11:03 AM

Post #8504116

Butternut

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2011
11:04 AM

Post #8504121

Some trailers from Jamie.
Rob's Jindaler...help me here Jamie.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2011
11:05 AM

Post #8504124

Rob's Boolaroo

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2011
11:06 AM

Post #8504127

Rob's Sticky Wicket

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2011
11:07 AM

Post #8504131

This is Cran-Apple from Kent Stork

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2011
11:10 AM

Post #8504146

In case my pictures are clear as mud,this site shows the difference between the Cleos.
http://www.streptocarpus-info.com/Episcia/tablec.html
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2011
11:27 AM

Post #8504185

Hey Lynn!

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! :)

Your trailers are adorable!

Olaf
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2011
11:49 AM

Post #8504214

If anyone would know it's Gary.It's a beauty.

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2011
12:20 PM

Post #8504250

Considering the quality of Episcias he produces... His show plants blow my mind every time.

Olaf
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 18, 2011
2:56 PM

Post #8504519

Oh Lynn, your trailers are so pretty and healthy looking. Thanks for the images of Cleo. It looks like regular Cleo has much more white, which would be more difficult to grow.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2011
5:58 PM

Post #8504884

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 . . .

Great pix, Lynn . . .

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2011
6:57 PM

Post #8505049

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. :)

Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2011
7:19 PM

Post #8505143

The baskets were only about 65 cents each, with the hanger included . . . I tried making my own wire hanger before . . . let's just say 65 cents is worth it for me! :-)
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 19, 2011
7:06 AM

Post #8506101

Ingenious!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2011
7:27 AM

Post #8506134

It truly is! Cheap and ingenious!

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. :)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2011
9:45 AM

Post #8506459

Another good article on growing Begonias and pink Episcias in Terrariums:

http://petaltones.blogspot.com/2011/04/growing-pink-leaved-episcias-in.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed: PetalTones (Petal Tones)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2011
11:38 AM

Post #8506646

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???

Lynn
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 21, 2011
6:02 AM

Post #8510640

I don't know why your trailer's leaves are turning yellow. I'm not having that trouble. I think there's a plethora of reasons for yellow leaves (water temp., fertilizer, air temp., sun exposure, ... )
haweha
Solingen
Germany
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2011
7:13 AM

Post #8510797

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.

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helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 21, 2011
7:21 AM

Post #8510815

Wunderbar. Sehr schone Form. Blumenform sehr huebsch

Neautiful. Very Nice form. Beautiful flowers.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2011
9:21 AM

Post #8511067

It's lovely.

Lynn
haweha
Solingen
Germany
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2011
10:40 AM

Post #8511222

Thank you!
I JUST inspected this cute thing. It has not formed any offset within the 2 years, and I really do not object. And neither had the crown split, that this can occurr sometimes, too.

Now comes the 2nd one, that it is heavily frilled, and I intend to crossbreed these two.

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lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2011
11:26 AM

Post #8511285

Which are you going to use for the donor?
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 21, 2011
1:56 PM

Post #8511564

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 . . .
haweha
Solingen
Germany
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2011
3:23 PM

Post #8511733

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.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 22, 2011
5:07 AM

Post #8512920

Nichole- which standards are you going to keep?
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2011
6:35 AM

Post #8513103

For sure I'll keep Frozen In Time and Rebel's Splatter Kake. I may keep one of the Russians . . . I've got a dozen of those . . .
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 22, 2011
3:54 PM

Post #8513840

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.
slsharris
Norristown, PA

April 22, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8513906

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!

Sharon
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 22, 2011
6:13 PM

Post #8514122

Hi Sharon and welcome :-)! We do lots of trades here as well as sometimes just gifting.
Jamie and Nichole,
Are you going to put your plants on Marketplace or Ebay?

Lynn
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8514223

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.
HaroldS
Glendale, AZ

April 22, 2011
7:13 PM

Post #8514254

Chrysothemis Puchella "Bronze"

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HaroldS
Glendale, AZ

April 22, 2011
7:14 PM

Post #8514257

Alsop "Cygnet"

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HaroldS
Glendale, AZ

April 22, 2011
7:15 PM

Post #8514263

Strepacarpella "Blue Concord"

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HaroldS
Glendale, AZ

April 22, 2011
7:17 PM

Post #8514266

Kohleria "Texas Rainbow" Hope all of these turn out well. My husband usually does this, although they are my plants.
Ann

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slsharris
Norristown, PA

April 23, 2011
5:32 AM

Post #8514879

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!

Sharon
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 23, 2011
9:28 AM

Post #8515335

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.
HaroldS
Glendale, AZ

April 23, 2011
10:34 AM

Post #8515440

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.
Ann
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2011
11:12 AM

Post #8515511

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?
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 23, 2011
12:07 PM

Post #8515576

Ann,
I love your pictures! I can never get my Chrysothemis to get any taller than 8 inches or so or to bloom.Maybe I will try putting it outside this year.

Jamie,
I don't think anyone would care if they are in bloom or not.

Lynn
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 25, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8520453

Well, just got done putting the mobile together for the club show this weekend! Who knew "arts and crafts" could be so fun?
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 28, 2011
9:44 AM

Post #8526235

Nichole- give us a picture of your mobile. This one is 'Cotton Gin'.

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 28, 2011
12:47 PM

Post #8526593

That's cute, Jamie! I'll take a picture of it in the am, after I get it set up. That one is all ready to go . . . it's the underwater I still need to work on tonite!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 28, 2011
4:41 PM

Post #8526989

we are happily moving to here and want lots of chit chat and pictures http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1176721/

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.
Lillypad's "Geneviewe"

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2011
6:46 PM

Post #8527313

That's the downside when growing Episcias: They never look their best for a long time. On the other hand, they make it particularly easy to start over and have a good looking plant in no time... :)

Anyhow: This is a beautiful variety! And however she looks, she's blooming her little heart out!

Olaf
slsharris
Norristown, PA

April 29, 2011
4:43 AM

Post #8527842

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!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 29, 2011
6:51 AM

Post #8528081

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...
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2011
7:10 AM

Post #8528140

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... :)
HaroldS
Glendale, AZ

April 29, 2011
11:09 AM

Post #8528490

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.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2011
11:11 AM

Post #8528492

Absolutely no problem! That would definitely wind up being Streptocarpella-stew...

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 29, 2011
3:35 PM

Post #8528942

LOL stew!!!!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 29, 2011
5:42 PM

Post #8529135

aka. steamed vegetables in a bag. :)

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