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African Violets and Gesneriads: Propagation by rhizome scales

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8518118

One of the lesser known propagation techniques for Gesneriads with scaly rhizomes (Achimenes, Smithiantha, Kohleria, Eucodonia to name a few) is by rhizome scales. When I bought my Smithiantha cinnabarina rhizomes, there was one piece that did not look like it was going to make it. I broke off the scales and sprinkled them on some damp mix. All but one were too badly damaged and didn't make it. Only this one just started putting out new growth. The new shoots are about the size and shape of seedlings and should be treated as such.

Smithiantha cinnabarina. Sprouting rhizome scale

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bigoldbuck701
Williston, ND

April 28, 2011
5:09 AM

Post #8525749

Good job,i love smithianthias
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2011
5:45 AM

Post #8525817

It's actually the first time for me growing them. The babies are happily growing while the other rhizome still hasn't broken dormancy...
zozzl
Orlando, FL

April 30, 2011
10:57 AM

Post #8530372

I love smithies too:) So easy to grow!

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

May 2, 2011
4:54 PM

Post #8535408

My Smithiantha cinnabarina rhizome is finally breaking dormancy.

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