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

October 1, 2011
9:49 AM

Post #8831673

I will start the month with an unnamed cross from Olaf.Thanks!

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

October 1, 2011
9:49 AM

Post #8831675

Gwen

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

October 1, 2011
9:50 AM

Post #8831677

Ozark Red Lightning

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

October 1, 2011
9:51 AM

Post #8831679

Happy Times

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

October 1, 2011
9:51 AM

Post #8831680

Heartlands Bonfire

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

October 1, 2011
9:52 AM

Post #8831684

Crystal Beauty

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

October 1, 2011
9:56 AM

Post #8831688

Optimara Yellowstone. Thanks Lane!

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

October 1, 2011
9:58 AM

Post #8831690

Have to look up.

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

October 1, 2011
10:05 AM

Post #8831699

Two-W Miss Jennie

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

October 1, 2011
10:07 AM

Post #8831702

Nematanthus Nervosa

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

October 1, 2011
10:08 AM

Post #8831703

Fall Fresco

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EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

October 1, 2011
11:22 AM

Post #8831768

Nice pictures, Lynn, and very nice plants.

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

October 1, 2011
11:34 AM

Post #8831780

Thanks Earle!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2011
9:51 AM

Post #8832820

That turned out pretty, Lynn! Thanks for growing out the seedling. :)

And all your other pictures are just wonderful!

Nautilocalyx sp. 'Burle Marx'. Finally a flower that's not hidden among the foliage.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8832822

Sinningia eumorpha 'Saltao' x piresiana. Last flower for the season on this one. Goodbye Summer... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2011
9:53 AM

Post #8832823

Nematanthus hybrid

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2011
9:54 AM

Post #8832825

Saintpaulia 'Cirelda'. First bud.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2011
9:55 AM

Post #8832827

Sinningia 'Orange Zinger'. Buds, buds, buds... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2011
9:56 AM

Post #8832831

Sinningia speciosa cv. One of my seedling that went dormant a few weeks ago and decided to resprout already.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2011
9:59 AM

Post #8832835

Sinningia 'Amizade'. I'm in love with that fuzz. Thanks Lynn!

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

October 2, 2011
11:04 AM

Post #8832909

Great pictures Olaf! One of the flowers on your seedling fell off when I was taking the picture.It's so cute.
Can't wait to see all your buds open.

Funny thing about Amizade.When I first started growing it the fuzz was so thick I thought I had mealies LOL.

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

October 2, 2011
1:13 PM

Post #8833042

A better picture of Happy Times

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

October 2, 2011
1:14 PM

Post #8833044

Country Tiger X self Thanks Olaf!

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2011
5:54 PM

Post #8833375

Awesome pics Lynn and Olaf, great plants. But Amizade!!!!!!!! makes me scream, she's the cutest little thing I ever seen. Is she grown from seed? love love love it
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2011
6:22 PM

Post #8833395

Maria,
I didn't grow mine from seed.It was a gift from a friend.It is lovely.

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2011
6:46 PM

Post #8833433

Thanks Maria!

Trust me, if I could grow the two parent species of 'Amizade' and make the cross again, I would. However, both parents (S. kautskyi and S. hirsuta) are notoriously difficult to grow.

Fortunately for all Sinningia growers out there, 'Amizade' is easy to grow, bloom and propagate and is a beautiful, little plant!

Thanks, Lynn for sharing 'Amizade' with me. :)

Olaf
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8833452

Please, please LMK if there is a kind soul to share a start. Did I say PLEASE?????? LOL

Here is my lovely Alsobia:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 2, 2011
9:55 PM

Post #8833658

Maria: I tend to propagate early and often and as soon as I have a cutting, your name will be on it! :)
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2011
3:31 AM

Post #8833817

Thanks Olaf, I'm inclined to think you're a gessie fairy in a man's disguise? hehe
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 3, 2011
7:20 AM

Post #8834056

LOL. What a nice thing to say!

I'm just trying to keep it in the spirit of 'Amizade' which is Portuguese for friendship. :)

Olaf
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2011
1:33 PM

Post #8834550

It's a beautiful story:
http://www.gesneriadsociety.org/Membership/docs/Sinningia_Amizade4Q2005.pdf

And it's wonderful to have friends like you Olaf and Lynn and Bonnie and many others in this community
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 3, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8834872

Well, thank you Maria!

Here's Sinningia 'Orange Zinger' putting on a little show. :)

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 4, 2011
5:31 AM

Post #8835378

Lynn and Olaf, your plants are gorgeous. Olaf, I love that little 'Amazade'. Could you please put me on you list for a seedling or cutting? I love the meaning of it's name-friendship. I think it's the perfect plant to be shared among gessie friends. I am waiting for violet leaves to send up babies, and as soon as I have some I will send them off to you. I'm just starting again with gessies. Last winter I lost most of my collection of orchids, hoya and violets. I had an emergency trip to NY for a death in the family. Unfortunately the orchids and hoya reside outside on the patio. Violets are inside. Freezing temperatures froze the outside plants and lack of water did a number on the violets. So I'm starting over. Keep posting your pictures. I have a want list that is getting longer and longer each time I see beautiful plant pictures.
Eileen
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 4, 2011
8:21 AM

Post #8835578

Hey Eileen!

'Amizade' is still a baby but you sure are on the list for a cutting. :)

I'm not a Violet person but I'd be happy to share what I have. Other than that: There are always mini Sinningias, Kohlerias etc. that need a new home...

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

October 4, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8835830

Maria,
Thanks for the link and what a sweet thing to say.I have made some wonderful friends here too. ^_^

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2011
11:04 AM

Post #8837124

Just because 'Amizade' is so cute and I took some nice closeups today, I thought I'd share them with you all:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2011
11:04 AM

Post #8837126

And a closeup:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2011
11:07 AM

Post #8837128

Sinningia 'Amanda's Penny'. Getting started again...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2011
11:10 AM

Post #8837132

Sinningia 'Chippewa Twilight'. One more time...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2011
11:11 AM

Post #8837133

Sinningia 'Freida':

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2011
11:12 AM

Post #8837135

Sinningia 'Bright Eyes'. Once started, this one is unstoppable... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2011
11:13 AM

Post #8837136

Sinningia 'Lil' Tiger'. Getting started.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2011
11:14 AM

Post #8837139

Episcia cupreata seedlings. Finally starting to look the part. :)

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

October 5, 2011
11:39 AM

Post #8837159

Love the pictures Olaf.Amanda's Penny look like it's going to be a pretty orange.

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2011
1:53 PM

Post #8837305

Thanks Lynn!

Actually, only the outside of the flower is this salmon orange. This is how the flower will look like:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8837307

I think that she's one of the prettiest, smaller growing Sinningias with eumorpha/conspicua type slipper flowers. Oh, and I also am in love with those ruffles... :)

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 5, 2011
7:58 PM

Post #8837714

And one more for today: Sinningia 'Texas Zebra'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2011
4:17 PM

Post #8838755

Sinningia 'Amizade' - bud update.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 6, 2011
4:18 PM

Post #8838757

Any day now...

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 7, 2011
6:28 AM

Post #8839343

Very nice pics! Can't wait to see a bloom on Amizade. That is a nice little plant! Sis, you are showing some pretty blooms on here as well.


Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2011
10:06 AM

Post #8839564

Thanks, Connie!

It's almost there... :)

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 7, 2011
10:15 AM

Post #8839575

Oh, yes it is :) Anytime now. Forgot to add : Welcome back Pat!! Great to see you back on here.

Connie
avpat
Atco, NJ

October 7, 2011
12:10 PM

Post #8839705

Thank you, Connie! It's nice to be back. Still feels strange without Gail though. I hear from her once in a while, but she's awfully quiet lately.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8839937

Hey Pat!

Gail's fine. Just been busy lately. I chat with her often.

Oh, and although I know I'm bugging the heck out of everybody here but one final, last, ultimate time: Here's Sinningia 'Amizade' with her first two flowers open. Thanks Lynn! :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8839940

Closeup. I just love the contrasting colors and the spoted throat.


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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8839941

And one last time from the side:

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 7, 2011
3:48 PM

Post #8839960

LOVE IT!! Wonderful job growing her

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

October 7, 2011
3:52 PM

Post #8839967

That's her all right! Good job Olaf!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2011
4:08 PM

Post #8839988

Thanks everyone! And thank you, Lynn for making these shots possible in the first place! ;)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2011
5:20 PM

Post #8840075

I'm glad you like her Olaf!

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2011
5:29 PM

Post #8840092

That's the understatement of the decade... LOL

Seriously! She's my favorite mini Sinningia.

I just love everything fuzzy and everything that is simple and elegant. Well, 'Amizade' is a winner in all the above categories and on top of that, she's easy to grow and bloom and looks good with or without flowers. To quote Arleen Dewell "The Perfect Hybrid".

As you all well know, I'm simply in love with (almost) everything Sinningia. Well, I guess, that makes me a little biased... However, 'Amizade' has all the right qualities that one would expect from a good houseplant. Okay, she's not as flashy as other Gesneriads are but she's also very forgiving and absolutely not fussy, which unfortunately isn't always true of the more flashy ones...

'Amizade', in my opinion, is a very good way to get started with Sinningias in particular and Gesneriads in general.

Oh, and yes! I am pushing (mini) Sinningias here! LOL And y'all better not get me started on why EVERYBODY should grow at least one micro mini...
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2011
6:29 PM

Post #8840225

She's a winner for sure and your pics make her even more adorable. I was almost holding my breath in anticipation, hehe. Thanks for so many discoveries, keep it up!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

October 8, 2011
5:12 PM

Post #8841170

I went outside to bring some Alsobias and Nematanthus in for the winter and look what I found blooming. This Hemiboea subcapita and a shooting star hoya just made my day. The dogs have been enjoying them all week long, but didn't think to tell me!
Jamie

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

October 8, 2011
6:02 PM

Post #8841241

Oh Jamie,how beautiful!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 8, 2011
6:14 PM

Post #8841256

This is so cool, Jamie!

Do you leave the Hemiboea outdoors for the Winter? Should be hardy in your area - at least temperature wise...
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

October 8, 2011
6:28 PM

Post #8841272

Yes. I just leave it in the pot. All the hoyas need to come inside and that's a lot of trouble for me. There's just never enough window space!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 8, 2011
6:33 PM

Post #8841279

This kind of sounds familiar... LOL
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 9, 2011
7:16 AM

Post #8841836

Never heard of that one before. I'll have to research it and add to my list. It's adorable.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 9, 2011
8:55 AM

Post #8841954

Hemiboea subcapitata:

http://gesneriads.ca/hemibo06.htm

http://www.plantdelights.com/Hemiboea-subcapitata-Perennial-Glossy-False-Sinningia/productinfo/7180/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dctropics/6115837403/

I think that I have some more info on it but I'll have to look for that. :)
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 10, 2011
12:18 PM

Post #8843651

That is the cutest plant ever. I have to get me one.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 11, 2011
11:00 AM

Post #8845065

Sinningia 'Ozark Rosy Cheeks'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 11, 2011
11:01 AM

Post #8845066

Closeup of the flower:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 11, 2011
11:02 AM

Post #8845068

Sinningia 'Super Orange' (Maybe...). A flower, a bud and one fat seed pod... :)

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

October 11, 2011
11:06 AM

Post #8845071

It's a beauty Olaf.Probably is 'Super Orange'.Kinda hard to be sure.

http://www.gesneriads.ca/sinnin35.htm
Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 11, 2011
12:02 PM

Post #8845131

Thanks Lynn!

There aren't that many orange mini Sinningias and 'Super Orange' or one of its selfings seems likely. The funniest thing is that I received it labeled as 'Neesa'... LOL
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 11, 2011
12:06 PM

Post #8845139

Well it's a pretty safe bet it's not 'Neesa' LOL
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 11, 2011
1:09 PM

Post #8845203

It is, isn't it? LOL

http://www.davesviolets.com/sinnneesa.jpg
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

October 12, 2011
2:55 PM

Post #8846579

Here's a first bloom of Chirita involucra that was grown from seed. Does anyone know anything about this one? I wonder if I can remove it from the dome yet?
Jamie

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

October 12, 2011
9:17 PM

Post #8847022

Jamie,
I don't know much about it,but it is Involucrata.Maybe that will help.

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 13, 2011
9:27 AM

Post #8847430

Eucodonia 'Tiny Tot':

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 13, 2011
1:23 PM

Post #8847726

Oh, and Jamie, I did a little research on Chirita involucrata. It's now in the new genus Microchirita together with M. micromusa, hamosa etc.

This genus was created mostly or exclusively for the annuals but I'm not sure on that one.

From what I know from own experience is that M. micromusa will immediately wilt and collapse when undomed for longer than a few minutes at a time...

Hope that helped

Olaf
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

October 13, 2011
2:03 PM

Post #8847761

Thanks Olaf. I'd better try to set some seed then and keep it humid too.
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 14, 2011
7:11 AM

Post #8848592

lynn and olaf, both are sooo cute. I just wish they would stop changing names. makes it so difficult to keep up.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 15, 2011
2:03 PM

Post #8850070

Streptocarpus 'Weismoor Blue'. Thanks Lynn! :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 15, 2011
2:05 PM

Post #8850073

Streptocarpus 'Bristol's Party Boy'. This one didn't have many flowers through Summer - an occasional one or two. Now that the weather has cooled down significantly, the plant has 6 buds and quite a few more coming. I can't wait for this Strep to reach its full potential. :)



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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 16, 2011
11:53 AM

Post #8851167

Sinningia eumorpha 'Saltao'. Third growth cycle. The tuber just barely fit into this solo cup. :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 16, 2011
11:54 AM

Post #8851168

Sinningia speciosa. Second growth cycle. I got the labels mixed up and will have to wait to find out who she is... LOL

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 16, 2011
11:54 AM

Post #8851169

Sinningia 'Lil' Tiger'. Almost there... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 16, 2011
11:57 AM

Post #8851175

Sinningia 'Country Crocus'. This crown just keeps going and going for more than six months now...



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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 16, 2011
12:08 PM

Post #8851186

Streptocarpus 'Bristol's Party Boy'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 17, 2011
8:35 AM

Post #8852434

Sinningia 'Lil' Tiger', side view:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 17, 2011
8:36 AM

Post #8852435

Sinningia 'Lil' Tiger', front view:

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 17, 2011
6:55 PM

Post #8853372

Adorable sinn's Olaf. I wonder how do you keep their moisture level, daily watering? their pots seem to be so tiny, I'd never got it right without under/overwatering

Finally loaded my pics, here is my fav strep Hototugishu

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 17, 2011
6:57 PM

Post #8853375

Ness' Fantasy Gold, first timer

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 17, 2011
7:00 PM

Post #8853377

The new NOID from a grocery store, the blooms are huge and so bright

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 17, 2011
7:04 PM

Post #8853382

Another NOID, what do you think about her? the flowers are so weird almost ugly but so big. A wasp?

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 18, 2011
10:14 AM

Post #8854070

Very nice pics!

The micros that I grow enclosed are thriving on neglect, the unenclosed ones are on a pebble tray, on wicks or in a high sided container. Watering has never been a problem. The unenclosed ones might initially lose a leaf or even a crown but they bounce back stronger and better and can actually take a bit of (almost) drought...
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8854242

Beautiful Olaf and Maria! I have lots of things in bloom,but my darn camera keeps acting up.My son in Texas could probably figure it out,but if I tell him I know he will go out and buy me a new one and I don't want that!

Lynn
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

October 18, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8854717

Lynn, we definitely miss your charms, you gotta do something to that camera lol. Olaf, some day I hope to master the art of growing sinns as beautiful as yours
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

October 19, 2011
6:20 AM

Post #8855221

Lynn, let him buy you that camera. I am sure that you deserve it and we deserve to see your pictures!
Jamie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
8:52 AM

Post #8855445

Thanks Maria! Here's the thing, though: You can do it too! It's easy! - I've only been growing Sinningias for a bit over a year now... ;)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
10:45 AM

Post #8855621

Thanks all LOL.I am going to try and get it to work for a little while.Keeping my fingers crossed.

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

October 19, 2011
11:52 AM

Post #8855698

I should have darkened the room,but here are a few.

Can't capture her yellow and purple markings.

Alissa

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

October 19, 2011
11:52 AM

Post #8855699

Bob Serbin

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

October 19, 2011
11:54 AM

Post #8855704

Alice's Aussie
She was in bud when Heidi sent her a few weeks back,but my camera wouldn't work.Her leaves are huge!

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

October 19, 2011
11:55 AM

Post #8855708

Butternut has so much color when the temps drop.

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

October 19, 2011
11:56 AM

Post #8855710

Nemanathus Nervosa
Blooms are tiny,but it's so cheery

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

October 19, 2011
11:57 AM

Post #8855712

Trinket Summer Skies Thanks Heidi ^_^

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

October 19, 2011
11:58 AM

Post #8855715

Another beauty from Heidi.
Trinket Terriffic

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lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 19, 2011
12:07 PM

Post #8855735

Olaf...Your sinningias are very nice. Could you please post a picture of your plants growing conditions. You say they are enclosed and some in high sides, etc. I would hope you could show a pic and also if they are on a light shelf, a pic of where they are growing. I have to change some growing conditions for some of mine as they are not growing and blooming as well as I would like and hopefully some of the pictures you post could help me. Thanks so much!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
12:49 PM

Post #8855803

Thanks so much for the compliments! I'm actually not doing anything special and my plants have to endure neglect and oven-like temperatures in Summer.

This is my light stand:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
12:55 PM

Post #8855808

That's one of the high sided but open containers. Clockwise from top left: Primulina tamiana, Saintpaulia 'Cirelda', Sinningia pusilla, Sinningia 'Country Tiger' x self.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
12:59 PM

Post #8855814

Same container, side view:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
1:01 PM

Post #8855818

This is a brandy snifter with Sinningia 'Mighty Mouse' in the center and some S. pusilla around it. There are also some little S. muscicola seedlings somewhere in there. Again: The container is not covered.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
1:01 PM

Post #8855819

And a top view:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
1:09 PM

Post #8855837

Sinningia pusilla unenclosed on wicks:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
1:10 PM

Post #8855838

Sinningia muscicola unenclosed on a pebble tray:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
1:11 PM

Post #8855843

Fishtank with most of my new micros, some sprouting Sinningia tubers and a whole lot of other Gesneriads... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
1:12 PM

Post #8855845

As usual, too busy talking about myself... LOL

Lynn: Spectacular plants! Wow! Thanks for posting!
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
1:26 PM

Post #8855879

Thanks Olaf.Loved your too,especially your fishtank.I always used mine for Rex Begonias,but I'm not growing them right now...too many other plants.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
1:33 PM

Post #8855897

Thanks Lynn!

I'm actually on a mission to make the micros more widely available. I think that everyone should have one. Seriously! Throw them in a mason jar or something with some dirt, screw on the lid, keep bright and warm - that's it. :)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2011
2:44 PM

Post #8856016

I just got a tiny little tuber of White Sprite.I was wondering if I should plant it now or wait until it sprouted.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
3:02 PM

Post #8856060

Plant it! Those little things sprout within weeks (2-4 usually). Just keep it domed or in a baggie), just dampen the mix slightly and leave it alone. Once sprouted, they grow to flowering size in usually 4-6 weeks. :)
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

October 19, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8856265

I really enjoyed your photos Lynn and Olaf. Thanks for sharing.
Jamie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2011
5:28 PM

Post #8856331

Thanks Jamie! Much appreciated!

I've just started out on the adventure that is growing Gesneriads and I have, I am and I (most likely) will enjoy every single second of it! :)

And while I was at it, I also embarked on two more adventures: Begonias and Hoyas.

Seems like those three "afflictions" are somewhat related since I have not met many Gessie growers who don't grow at least a few Begonias and/or Hoyas... LOL

We all need to start a "Obsessive Compulsive Plant Collectors (Not So Much) Anonymous"... LOL

Okay now! What would that spell? OCPC(NSM)A... Catchy, ain't it? I bet that we'll be attracting a million addicts/codependents in the blink of an eye... LOL

What I'm trying to say is: I love everyone of you! I haven't learned this much in such a short amount of time in quite a while! This little group of people here rocks my world every single day!

YOU ALL ROCK! BIG TIME!

Just needed to get this off my chest!!! :)

Olaf
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 20, 2011
7:34 AM

Post #8856928

You Rock! Love your pictures and you must have the greenest thumb around!~! Lou
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 20, 2011
9:56 AM

Post #8857120

Thanks Lou! Well, a "green thumb" runs in my family, particularly on my mother's side. That and the fact that I grew up in the country might be responsible... :)

Streptocarpus 'Happy Time'. Thanks Lynn!

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 20, 2011
9:57 AM

Post #8857123

Streptocarpus 'Blue Weismoor'. This one is a stunner! Thanks Lynn!!!

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 20, 2011
9:58 AM

Post #8857125

Streptocarpus 'Bristol's Party Boy'. Although a large grower, this is one of my favorite Streps.

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lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 20, 2011
10:09 AM

Post #8857131

Olaf...Thanks so much for taking the time to take the pictures. I really appreciate this. For neglected plants, they look pretty great! Mine have had some neglect and I've lost quite a few this summer. Luckily a lot are rhizomes and tubers and they will come back - I hope. I think its pretty good you can grow the mini sinningias like that. All mine are enclosed in jars and glass containers, but I don't seem to find the correct moisture level where they will just thrive...I do think they would do better not completely enclosed for me. I also put a layer of perlite down first in my containers. I tried to grow pots of achimenes in an aquarimum much like you have your sinningias & misc plants but I lost allf of them, I could not keep them moist enough but then again, it was not a good summer for the plants with me traveling alot. What are those light strips you are using...they are working really well. I think my lighting is a major problem with my plants also. Thanks again!

And I didn't want to slight anyone elses pictures...all the plants are just lovely! Little plant envy here. I have to say I have a lot of non-blooming plants that should be showing off for our family visiting from Massachusetts!

tish
lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 20, 2011
10:11 AM

Post #8857135

I just LOVE the strep blooms, but I've never been able to keep them alive.
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 20, 2011
12:19 PM

Post #8857242

Beautiful pictures, Olaf and Lynn.
Olaf, how often do you water your sinns.? Should they be kept moist? I have wicked the one you sent me and so far it's doing great. I'm not sure how often to water if not on wicks. It's on my plant shelf sitting among my baby violets. Under lights. I have to get a light meter that works. I have the meter that does water ph and lights, but it's not working. The ones for cameras are so expensive. I'm going to do some shopping around.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 20, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8857556

Thanks everyone!

The one thing that I have learned over the years is that if you have a somewhat unsteady watering hand (like I do...), then a light mix with a lot of Perlite is the key. Sinningias, Streps, Violets and many other commonly grown Gesneriads like it on the dry side when humidity is above approximately 50%.

As for the rhizomatous genera like Achimenes and Kohleria: As long as they are actively growing, NEVER let them dry out! Anything from leaf damage to premature dormancy can be the result... It is almost impossible to overwater a Kohleria that is in active growth but forget to water them and they droop almost immediately and the leaf damage starts within a few hours.

Newly acquired mini Sinningias often times shed their leaves or even all their crowns entirely. On top of that, mini Sinningias are very brittle plants and hard to ship without damage. However, if you just take the tuber and put it into some barely damp mix and dome it, you will usually see the new sprouts within a few weeks. Often times the tuber has some spare sprouts coming up right away. From sprout to flower, it usually takes 6-8 weeks.

Tish: Achimenes should make PERFECT outdoor basket plants for Summer in your area. The key is to keep the soil moist at all times. Oh, and do you recognize the yellow flowered Episcia in the picture? :)

Eileen: I don't have any of the gadgets you are talking about and have never used them in my entire life. The only thing I have is a cheap thermometer/hygrometer which is probably not very precise but does the trick for me.

As a general rule, Sinningias don't need a lot of water when out of bloom and surprisingly large amounts when in bloom, particularly when grown in small pots. It's always a good idea to let the mix dry a bit before watering again. Wicking also works wonderfully. If you grow Sinningias domed, they actually thrive on neglect. I water my enclosed micros maybe once a month and sometimes even less.

Oh, and Sinningias will show you that they need water as they will start to droop but will get back to normal within a few hours after watering. Usually even the flowers come right back to life. Not recommended but it happens... LOL

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 21, 2011
5:51 AM

Post #8857948

""As for the rhizomatous genera like Achimenes and Kohleria: As long as they are actively growing, NEVER let them dry out! Anything from leaf damage to premature dormancy can be the result... It is almost impossible to overwater a Kohleria that is in active growth but forget to water them and they droop almost immediately and the leaf damage starts within a few hours.""

Olaf, thanks for the info. Now I know why the few Kohleria I had a few years ago didn't make it. I didn't water them enough. LOL
I've copied your info and am saving it in my documents so I can go and read it again, and again.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 21, 2011
6:11 AM

Post #8857968

Oh, Eileen: Kohlerias in hot weather and high humidity can easily get mildew spots and some varieties are more prone to that than others ('Mother's Lipstick' is a mildew magnet for me, mor example). However, Kohlerias are such strong growers that mildew is usually more of a cosmetic problem.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 21, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8858079

Sinningia 'California Gold'. I like the lighting in this picture.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 21, 2011
7:56 AM

Post #8858082

Sinningia guttata. From the batch of seedlings that I distributed to some folks on this site. :)



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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 21, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8858083

Nematanthus fissus. Full of buds.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 21, 2011
7:58 AM

Post #8858084

Achimenes erecta 'Tiny Red'. Almost there... :)

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lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 21, 2011
8:37 AM

Post #8858115

Atlanta is very hot and dry in the summer,not much rain and when it does it hardly gets anything wet. Even in the shade, it is very hard for me to grow achimenes outside because they need watering so often. Anything outside needs a large pot and needs to have a well established root system. I do have the old purple achimenes growing outside, but my newer varieties arent' established enough to grow outside...on and off I am not home often enough to keep up with the watering. If it can't "wilt" alot, its doomed. Small pots are impossible for any outside plants, they cannot hold the moisture long enough. I did learn you can put a smaller pot inside a larger pot and the inner pot will stay moist longer, but I have not tried this with achimenes.

I had the opposite luck with kohleria I tried to grow outdoors...the rhizomes rotted! I guess dry, too wet, dry, too wet...too many times.

And Olaf, My Genevieve does not look as good as yours!...good job! So nice to see it growing so well. I need to restart my stolens to get it going again. One day when I have more hours!...I've spent enough time with plants today.

I want to ask Olaf...those plants (mini sinningia?) setting in the pebble trays...how did you plant the pot, perlite in the bottom and a wick? do you water the pot and put some water in the pebbles for humidity or you you just fill up the tray and the plant takes up the water from there? thanks

tish

tish
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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 21, 2011
9:36 AM

Post #8858176

Hey Tish!

The micro mini on the pebble tray is S. muscicola (aka. "Rio Das Pedras"). The plant is in LFS in a little condiment cup. No wick. When I refill the water in the pebble tray, I do that by watering through the Sinningia pot until the pebble tray is full enough. Next to the Sinningia there is a Maxillaria tenuifolia ("Coconut-pie-Orchid") on the same watering and fertilizing regimen and they make good companions.

I only use MiracleGro Tomato fertilizer 1/4 strength every time I water. I have never used SuperThrive or any of those Vitamine supplements. What I do use is RootOne for it's fungicidal properties.

I forgot how dry it gets in Georgia in Summer. Well, anything rhizomatous is pretty much doomed unless you figure out some kind of way to keep your plants moist at all times. LARGE pots are essential anyway and plunging smaller pots into larger ones also has the benefit of keeping the roots cool.

Have you ever tried the polymer-gel-crystals? Lowe's sells them as "SoilMoist". I use them indoors and out for Kohlerias and everything else that is very thirsty. These crystals have cut down my watering on a Kohleria in a basket from 3 times a day in Summer to only once a day!

Another thing that can be very helpful for outdoor plants is to use a much heavier mix than you would indoors. Kohlerias and Achimenes as well as Sinningias like S. tubiflora are very fast growers and are very gluttenous in their food and water intake and a heavier, richer mix can help accomodate their needs.

Speaking of Sinningias: Have you tried tubiflora, 'Apricot Bouquet', 'Arkansas Bells', macrostachya, leucotricha, cardinalis, bullata and a plethora of others? Some of them could even be hardy in a well protected spot with some mulch in your ares.

Oh, and 'Genevieve' has been blooming all Summer and is just now taking a bit of a break. I'll have to cut off some stolons and start some new plants. It's a nice, large Episcia that should be grown more widely. :)

Olaf
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

October 22, 2011
9:58 AM

Post #8859204

Noid, love the color on this one!

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GREENSIDEUP
Big Flats, NY
(Zone 5b)

October 22, 2011
2:24 PM

Post #8859402

Hi, This is a Hybrid from the Violet Barn. It is the best flowering strep. I have ever grown. I repoted it to a 4 inch square pot and placed it a north window in may. I hope you how heavy it is flowering in Sept 2011 and has been flowering this heavy since June! I didn't add any fertilizer to thr mox and din't remember to fertilize it early August.

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lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 23, 2011
8:42 AM

Post #8860153

Eucodonia noid. Small white tubular bloom with purple edge, less than 1/2" across.

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dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 23, 2011
8:45 AM

Post #8860157

So dainty and cute. I love it. Lou
lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 23, 2011
8:49 AM

Post #8860163

I'm going to spell this incorrectly, sorry. Amaphillion rupeste. It is growing in a one gallon fish bowl. I got this rhizome from Jim Roberts and took me two years to get it growing this nicely...he does not grow his enclosed. This is also a small white bloom.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2011
8:52 AM

Post #8860172

Hey Tish!

That Eucodonia is just adorable! :)

Amalophyllon rupestre is another total cutie! I love those small, rhizomatous genera!

Here's Diastema vexans:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2011
8:53 AM

Post #8860173

Another flower:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2011
8:53 AM

Post #8860175

Pearcea hypocyrtiflora

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2011
8:54 AM

Post #8860176

Aeschynanthus longicaulis. Thanks Jamie for the two Aeschynanthus!

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2011
8:55 AM

Post #8860179

Aeschynanthus radicans 'Variegata'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2011
8:56 AM

Post #8860181

Episcia 'Unpredictable Valley'. Finally showing her true colors after I found the right spot for her. :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2011
8:57 AM

Post #8860185

Episcia 'Silver Sheen'. She too found the right spot and is really growing on me. :)

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lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 23, 2011
8:57 AM

Post #8860186

This is not a gessie, just a house plant. It is a rooting cutting from the mama plant... I'm not sure of the name, I got it years ago in a grocery store hanging basket. The flowers are a pretty little yellow and are scented,the leaves have a pretty varigation, and it has woody stems, hard for met to root! I'm seen this plant in the Logees greenhouse catalogue. This is one of my favorite plants, but the mama does get messy, it blooms alot and when they dry and drop off there is a lot to clean up, but I really don't mind because the blooms are worth it!

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2011
8:57 AM

Post #8860187

Saintpaulia 'Cirelda'. Just cute! :)

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lilypad22
(tish) near Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 23, 2011
9:11 AM

Post #8860204

I think you can never go wrong with noid violets, they do the best for me...maybe its because I don't expect the most from them, ha.

Thats an amazing show from the strep...thats when I always lost mine, when I repotted. Love the blooms and am disapointed I cannot grow them, but I've given up killing them...I just don't have the heart anymore.

I especially love the leaves on Pearcea hypocyrtiflora!

I have read where John in DC and Jim in Md grow some of the sinningia outdoors. I do have Banana Foster, Arkansas Bells, and Apricot Boquet sinningias and am working on rooting some cuttings so next year I can try them outside.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2011
12:39 PM

Post #8860420

Tommy,what a gorgeous blue!
Greensideup,what a Strep. to bloom that long!

Olaf,love your pictures as always!

Tish,love your plants!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

October 23, 2011
7:18 PM

Post #8860901

Hi Olaf, the Aeschynanthus came from someone else. I've never been great with those. Your Pearcea look so much like plants that I have labeled Gloxinella lindenani (sp?) i grew lots of seed varieties near one another in a tray and may have mixed/confused seedlings.
Hi Tish, Love the Amaloyphllon and your yellow unknown. This month is full of wonderful gessie pictures.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 23, 2011
7:28 PM

Post #8860906

OOPS! Yep! Sorry Jamie! Thanks Randi! LOL My memory isn't the best...

Gloxinella lindeniana can have similar a similar foliage color/pattern as Pearcea hypocyrtiflora under certain light conditions but Gloxinella will grow unenclosed while Pearcea won't. Pearcea also has a much rougher leaf texture and Gloxinella usually has much darker leaves.

Both are cool plants but Gloxinella didn't enjoy my Summer temps too much... There were a few rhizomes but that's about it...

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 25, 2011
8:47 AM

Post #8863025

Sinningia 'Amanda's Penny'. At it again...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 25, 2011
8:48 AM

Post #8863026

Closeup, 1st flower:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 25, 2011
8:48 AM

Post #8863027

Closeup, 2nd flower:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 25, 2011
8:49 AM

Post #8863029

Sinningia 'Freida'. Closeup.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 25, 2011
8:50 AM

Post #8863031

Sinningia reitzii "New Zealand". Unfortunately, the gorgeous juvenile foliage won't last...

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

October 25, 2011
10:10 AM

Post #8863118

Too bad,It sure is beautiful now!

Lynn
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

October 25, 2011
2:14 PM

Post #8863385

What happens to the foliage of New Zealand? It looks like an episcia, Solidad de ? (Bronze?)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 25, 2011
2:32 PM

Post #8863404

Hey Jamie!

First of all: S. reitzii is a very variable species.

I have to agree that there are some similarities to certain Episcias but the texture is different and the plant has the usual Sinningia tuber.

The adult foliage is solid dark green and very attractive in its own right, particularly when the plant is in bloom and the scarlet red flowers make a great contrast to the foliage. Some clones of S. reitzii also have red veins and leaf undersides.

This article shows the "standard" form from Alan LaVergne's site:

http://www.burwur.net/sinns/4rtzMain.htm

And some more examples from Mauro Peixoto's site:

http://www.brazilplants.com/gesneriaceae/sinningia/sinningia-reitzii-c.html

http://www.brazilplants.com/gesneriaceae/sinningia/sinningia-reitzii-i.html

And finally some examples from Ron Myhr's site:

http://gesneriads.ca/sinni208.htm

http://gesneriads.ca/sinni207.htm

http://gesneriads.ca/sinnin68.htm

http://gesneriads.ca/sinnin66.htm

http://gesneriads.ca/sinnin67.htm

http://gesneriads.ca/sinnin65.htm
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

October 26, 2011
7:47 AM

Post #8864319

Olaf, you have given me a full day of reading enjoyment with those links!!! Thanks - Jamie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 26, 2011
2:43 PM

Post #8864790

Okay, here are some of my micro mini Sinningias. Currently, they are all grown in a fish tank but I will try to grow them unenclosed as soon as I have some plants propagated. Yesterday, I've also sown another batch of Sinningia pusilla and muscicola fresh from the pod. So, if there's any germination (which is very, very likely since they are tiny, pretty weeds), there will be some available next Spring. I have several more pods ripening and they all will be sown as they are ready.

Sinningia 'Bright Eyes' (Thanks Bonnie!):

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 26, 2011
2:44 PM

Post #8864791

Sinningia 'Lil' Tiger' (Thanks Bonnie!):

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 26, 2011
2:46 PM

Post #8864797

Sinningia 'Mighty Mouse'. A classic micro by John Boggan. Has a tendency to be very weedy. John calls that a flaw while I call it cool! LOL Cuttings root within a week and start growing again after two to three weeks. And there are PLENTY of cuttings... This is the third batch of cuttings from a plant bought in April...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 26, 2011
2:47 PM

Post #8864799

Sinningia concinna. My pride and joy. Hard to see in this picture but the plant has buds. Presumed to be extinct in the wild, I will make sure to help preserve the species and will propagate the heck out of her as soon as I can... :)

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 26, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8864843

Oh my goodness, Olaf. They are so adorable. I think I'm gonna have to grow sinningia instead of african violets.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 26, 2011
4:09 PM

Post #8864904

Thanks Eileen!

They are my absolute favorite plants. Very easy to grow, they thrive on neglect when grown domed and overall just plain adorable! :)

The thing is that they are so small that a 1.5"-thimble-pot can look too large for the smallest ones like a single-crowned Sinningia pusilla.

So, what I'm trying to say is: There's always room for one or two or a dozen... LOL

Olaf
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2011
6:03 PM

Post #8865093

Everyone has such beautiful blooms! I may need to let a few of mine bloom, so I can post a few pix again, too!

Ok, so I'm looking for other suppliers of potting mix. I can still get up to the nursery in Boerne, which is where I've bought it for years. But, I was looking for alternate suppliers. I've tried mixing my own before, but that didn't work out very well . . .

I found this today . . . I have purchased Espoma products in the past, but didn't know they had expanded into the mixes . . . has anyone tried this yet? I'm trying to figure out if "organic" means they didn't add any fertilizer to it . . . http://www.espoma.com/p_consumer/potting_mix_overview.html (the violet mix is the 4th down on the left)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 26, 2011
6:08 PM

Post #8865107

Hey Nichole!

"Organic" does not necessarily mean "no fertilizer". Manure, for instance, would be both organic and a fertilizer and well rotted manure is often mixed with well rotted humus to bump up the nutritional value for heavy feeders.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if they would omit the fertilizer or use much less in their Violet mix.

Best would be to just call or email them and find out.

Most commercial mixes have some kind of fertilizer in them anyway. Even plain peat moss has fertilizer in it a lot of times.

Olaf

Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2011
6:17 PM

Post #8865123

That's exactly what I did, Olaf . . . I sent them a message. I'll give them a few days to answer, and if they don't, I'll give them a call on Monday. Unless I find the product here somewhere, then I can look at the bag myself. Just checked their "where to buy" page, and they have it listed at Rainbow Gardens . . . that's where I get my perlite, so I will give them a call tomorrow.

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

October 26, 2011
6:20 PM

Post #8865128

I was not enamored by the Espoma soils. If I were going to buy soil, I'd use Promix. I use tapla/Al's mix most of the time now.

I finally have some pictures...Laser Celebration.

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Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

October 26, 2011
6:22 PM

Post #8865131

Episcia "Sarah Beth". This is a Baker plant, and they're local to me and very nice people, so it's special to me.

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Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

October 26, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8865134

Episcia Pink Smoke. No blooms at the moment, but with foliage like this, who needs them? I do. They're pink ;)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 28, 2011
9:17 AM

Post #8866949

Those are fabulous! 'Pink Smoke' looks good with or without flowers. :)

This is Sinningia 'Mighty Mouse', 'Bright Eyes' and 'Lil' Tiger'

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Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

October 28, 2011
12:39 PM

Post #8867098

Oh, I love the minis!
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 28, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8867287

Love your pictures Celene! I wonder if the Bakers still have any of their old catalogs? It would be great to put the pictures in First Class!

Lynn

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

October 28, 2011
5:15 PM

Post #8867403

They're on Facebook, or you could email, but they're closed for the winter here in Ohio.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2011
11:17 AM

Post #8868110

Thanks,I think I will.I am scanning photos for FC and it would be wonderful to include some of their old ones!

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

October 29, 2011
11:30 AM

Post #8868121

I don't remember them having a catalog with pictures, but I normally just go there, so perhaps I'm not the best reference. They're super nice people, they may have scanned photos or old catalogs for you.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 29, 2011
12:29 PM

Post #8868167

Thanks,I will ask them.There old catalogues had pictures that are hard to find now.

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

October 29, 2011
2:04 PM

Post #8868245

Celene,
I couln't find them on Facebook,but I'm not very good at it.Do you know their first names?

Lynn
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 29, 2011
2:50 PM

Post #8868291

Celene, your Pink Smoke is beautiful! Is it in an aquarium? Do you keep it covered? Lou

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

October 29, 2011
2:57 PM

Post #8868296

Yup, it lives in an aquarium.

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

October 30, 2011
6:41 AM

Post #8868916

Anyone have thoughts on more attractive labeling ideas for terrarium plants? I use white stakes, functional but unattractive. I often have multiple plants in a terrarium, I favor 29 or 20L. They don't have to endure the sun and weather changes of outdoor plant markers. I wonder if I can woodburn and then stain tongue depressors. They at least won't shine out brilliant white. Or, I use the slats from mini-blinds, I could get a darker color slat.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 30, 2011
7:10 AM

Post #8868952

Be careful with wood in the high humidity of a terrarium! I tried all kinds of things for the same reason that you mentioned and for the purpose of staking (from popsicle sticks to bamboo skewers to treated bamboo stakes) and the only thing that didn't mould over pretty much immediately was the greeen, treated bamboo stakes.

One thing that I was thinking about trying is the thin sheets of cork that used to be popular for flooring or wall treatment ages ago.

They would be thin enough to be cut into smaller pieces and their tan color would make them blend right in while being light enough to be written on with a black marker. And most importantly: cork doesn't rot.

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

October 30, 2011
8:22 AM

Post #8869062

I think they sell the same stuff for memo boards, it's just thicker.
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 30, 2011
8:56 AM

Post #8869109

I use a fine point Sharpie paint pen on small rocks. I can always move the rock to a pot until I get a marker made for it if I transplant them to something else. I am green with envy and I shouldn't be. But my daughter sent me a picture of an item she bought at a garage sale for $6.00. It's an old Wardian case on legs!!!! I think I may have to bribe her to give it to me as a Christmas, Birthday and Mother's day combined gift. It is cool looking. Have a nice Sunday everyone. Lou
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

October 30, 2011
9:52 AM

Post #8869157

Oh wow! Now that's more than a steal! I join you in your envy... LOL

Also: The idea with the rocks is extremely cool! I have seen that used outdoors but for a terrarium... Thanks for sharing! :)

Olaf

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

October 30, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8869379

I am going to be experimenting with rocks soon, I love that idea.
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 31, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8870105

I don't have a terrarium, but love the idea of the rocks. I may use the idea in my garden for some small plants. Thanks for posting these great ideas. Keep them coming.

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

October 31, 2011
6:36 AM

Post #8870176

I want to learn how to carve rocks with a dremel.
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 31, 2011
6:39 AM

Post #8870185

Home Depot told me that Dremel makes a special bit for rocks. I had them order me one and true to the ineptness of our local HG, the wrong bit came in and they wanted me to pay for it and I said no and they wouldn't order the correct one. It might be worth looking into. Let me know if you get one and how it works. I will be interested to know. Lou

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

October 31, 2011
6:51 AM

Post #8870197

I'm kind of afraid of the bit bouncing off the stone and engraving my thumb or finger, but I suppose I could use a small vise.

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