Hi all! I took the liberty to begin the September photos thread. Paliavana prasinata finally flowered after a three year wait!!!
It is dripping with ?nectar?water? begging to be fertilized. I attempted this, but the flower fell off the next day. Another bloom is opening today. Any suggestions on method of fertilization?
From what I understand, you grow and feed it pretty much like any Sinningia but keep in mind that it doesn't develop a tuber. It will therefore need a bit more steady watering. I'd fertilize it 1/4 strength with every watering - just like any other Gesneriad. Since they don't seem to be very fast growers, I don't think that they would need more fertilizer than that.
Ask the good folks on gphiles for advice. I bet that someone has grown/is growing them and has some actual facts and not just vague assumptions like I do... LOL
Hey everyone. I'm still in lurk mode since I've been busy and stressed out for almost two straight months. I haven't forgotten about the Sinningia guttata seedlings (which are doing just fine btw.). I just haven't gotten around to shipping them. So sorry about that!
Anyhow. Here's the first flower on Kohleria 'Kapo' x 'Cinnamon Toast':
The plant is one of the larger, sturdier Kohlerias and about a foot and a half tall with a thick stem and medium to large size leaves. The flower is about two inches long and about an inch and a half in diameter.
I know, right? She's a big girl. A foot and a half was probably a bit exaggerated anyway. Just over a foot right now is more like it. However, I'd expect her to grow to about a foot and a half once in full bloom.
She's definitely smaller than 'HCY's Jardin De Monet'.
'Kapo' x 'Cinnamon Toast' is somewhere inbetween 'Mother's Lipstick' and 'HCY's Jardin De Monet', the latter being the largest.
I haven't had any flowers on 'HCY's Jardin De Monet' but they should be pretty large as well. 'Mother's Lipstick' has, by far, the smallest flowers of the bunch (about 1/2 the size of the flowers on 'Kapo' x 'Cinnamon Toast').
'Mother's Lipstick' has been blooming non stop for me starting in June or early July and is a little over a foot tall.
'Kapo' x 'Cinnamon Toast' just started blooming and is about a foot tall.
'HCY's Jardin De Monet' hasn't bloomed yet and is already over a foot tall with a stem that's 3/4" thick...
I actually received the plant from Belisle's before they shut their doors and you are right: Not too many orange minis out there, so there might be a chance... I'll take some more pics and ask the good folks on GPhiles. :)
Yeah! Your plant looks lovely with those beautiful green leaves. Its' mother just put on a nice performance for me also, but I wish it would save it for the local show in March. Does anyone know how to force an alsobia into bloom?
Unfortunately, S. reitzii only has this foliage pattern on juvenile plants, as far as I was able to find out. Once they grow up, they have plain green but nonetheless very attractive foliage. So, I'll enjoy it while it lasts. :)
'Amizade' has surprised me quite a bit alrady. She arrived with almost no signs of wilt and perked right up in a baggie. Now she has two buds. This one certainly is "The Perfect Hybrid", as Arleen Dewell titled an article on 'Amizade' in Gesneriads a while back. :)
Well, I certainly plan on doing so and I have already figured out a potential name. Kapo is in Hawaiian mythology a goddess of fertility (and many more things) and she has a daughter named Laka (goddess of, among other things, the Hula dance). I think that Kohleria 'Laka' would be an appropriate name.
The funniest thing is that I kept another half dozen of its siblings and none of them have bloomed yet. This could be very interesting next season or even towards the end of this season... :)
What a great collection of beauty. Some of them I've never seen before. I guess I'll have to make some room for some new gessies. I love my little S, gutata from you, and can't wait to see it bloom. It's growing so nicely. Where do you get your gessies from? I've never bought any before, just violets.
I have a question. I have probably 15 African Violets. Some from the grocery store & some from growers. And they all bloom over & over so I must be doing somehting correctly. I've had some for @20 years.
But eventually they all seem to form long, brown stems. So I cut off the roots, plave the plant in a container of water, wait for roots, and then re-pot.
Is forming these stems normal and is this how I should be getting new roots on them?
I will try to answer your question.Violets don't usually get long brown stems,but maybe you are growing them with more than one center crown or do you mean they are getting long necks?.There are lots of ways to fix this,but if yours have been happy for 20 years,why change what you are doing? You can always cut part of the neck off,let it dry slightly and dust it with a fungicide and replant it.Violets do lose their lower leaves as they age and new growth comes from the center.Hope this helps.
All of them eventually develop a neck.If it's just a short one all you have to do is set the plant deeper into a new pot,fill,and water carefully till well established.If it's a long neck you need to "perform surgery". Here's a useful link. http://www.robsviolet.com/lessons/necks.htm
Well, actually that's one of the Achimenes species with a pretty late season. I grew them from seed last year and they went dormant - pretty much over night - in late January and were dormant until June. The rhizomes were tiny and I hope that this time, the plant will make some bigger ones and more than the five or six that it made the last time around... :)
All Achimenes have this well defined dormancy period but usually they start in about April and are finished by about mid October. Their rhizomes are much tougher and tighter than Kohleria-rhizomes, for instance, and are very well suited to survive long periods of adverse conditions.
Achimenes erecta is the type species of the genus, btw., and has been in cultivation since the 1700s if I'm not mistaken.
Below is not the best pic of a one of the vestiges of my AV/Gessie collection, whose name I can't quite remember. Got the cuttings from Gram a couple of years ago. Never bloomed under lights, but seems to be loving my bedroon window--who'd have thunk??? Lousy light, low humidity, and it took off! Anyone got a name? It's on the tip of my tongue...HA! :P
I got a sin. tuber in a RR. What do I do with it? Should I put it in some potting mix and let it sit? I've never had tubers before, other than tulips and glads. And they won't grow down her in Florida. What a bummer that is.