Photo by Melody

African Violets and Gesneriads: November Photos and Chit Chat

Communities > Forums > African Violets and Gesneriads
bookmark
Forum: African Violets and GesneriadsReplies: 169, Views: 1,051
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2011
10:59 AM

Post #8877671

Since nobody has started a new "Pictures and Chit Chat"-thread, I thought I'd go ahead and do so.

Streptocarpus 'Bristol's Red Typhoon':

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

November 5, 2011
11:58 AM

Post #8877725

Rob's Stickey Wicket! This thing is ALWAYS in bloom! Love it!

Thumbnail by tommyr2006
Click the image for an enlarged view.

tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

November 5, 2011
12:00 PM

Post #8877727

"Fancy Trail" ! Another reliable bloomer!

Thumbnail by tommyr2006
Click the image for an enlarged view.

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

November 5, 2011
2:14 PM

Post #8877861

Georgeous Olaf and tommy!

Lynn
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 6, 2011
2:50 PM

Post #8879204

Very pretty! I can tell all ready it's going to be another awesome month of pictures.

Jan
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 7, 2011
3:44 PM

Post #8880613

hey! I can finally post a picture! Sinn.sp Nancy.

Thumbnail by jannich
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 7, 2011
5:21 PM

Post #8880740

Thanks Jan!

'Nancy' is gorgeous! I love the simple elegance of her flowers. Dave Thompson did it again, didn't he? :)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

November 8, 2011
11:59 AM

Post #8881686

Very pretty Sister Jan!
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 9, 2011
5:54 AM

Post #8882717

Jan, that is so cute. I have a couple of sinns, thanks to Olaf. I'm waiting patiently for them to start blooming. He promised the S. gutatta would start to bloom in Dec. I hope so. I can hardly contain my excitement!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
11:49 AM

Post #8883108

Uh-oh! I hope that I didn't make a promise that I can't keep... LOL

Saintpaulia 'Honeysuckle Rose'. First flower. I think I just fell in love with trailers. Maybe y'all can convince me to grow some more Violets after all... :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
11:51 AM

Post #8883115

Saintpaulia 'Heinz's Seduction'. First buds. This one was challenging to get through Summer. Well, the plant has almost doubled in size and leaf count since the temperatures started dropping in September. Now I can't wait for the flowers...



Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
11:53 AM

Post #8883119

Saintpaulia 'Rob's Tippy Toe'. I can't help but find suckering miniatures with their unkempt look adorable! Since I don't plan on showing, that's not an issue anyway. Now, if I can only get it to bloom... :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
11:56 AM

Post #8883125

Saintpaulia 'Rob's Love Bite'. See above. No flowers yet...

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8883204

Codonanthe carnosa

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
12:42 PM

Post #8883207

Sinningia 'Snowbird' x self

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
12:42 PM

Post #8883209

Sinningia pusilla

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
12:43 PM

Post #8883212

Sinningia muscicola

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
12:43 PM

Post #8883214

Sinningia concinna

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
12:44 PM

Post #8883215

Sinningia nordestina

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
12:45 PM

Post #8883218

Sinningia 'Seminole'

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
12:46 PM

Post #8883220

Sinningia 'Amizade'. Growing rapidly and always with at least one flower open. Thanks so much for this little jewel, Lynn!!! :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
12:46 PM

Post #8883221

Sinningia bullata

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
12:47 PM

Post #8883223

Kohleria 'Peppermint'

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
12:47 PM

Post #8883226

Kohlerias still looking good. But for how much longer??? LOL

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
12:53 PM

Post #8883232

Sinningia 'California Gold'

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 9, 2011
4:20 PM

Post #8883557

Your Rob's Lovebite is growing in a perfect rosette and is lovely! Here are some of the Sinningia pusilla seedlings I'm growing from the seeds that you sent to me. They are in a little terrarium. Should I keep the lid off, would that help?

Thumbnail by jamiew
Click the image for an enlarged view.

jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 9, 2011
4:24 PM

Post #8883569

Are those others Sinningia species? Your kohleria table looks great. It must get wonderful light. Do you let them go dormant over the winter? I've always kept mine in continual growth through pinching. Is that ultimately bad for kohlerias?

Here's Episcia Genivieve grown from a stolon shared by Miss Bonnie. Thanks Bonnie, I love yellow blooms.

Thumbnail by jamiew
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8883789

Hey Jamie!

Thanks for the compliments! :)

Actually, I'm kind of surprised that I managed to keep 'Rob's Love Bite' looking so neat... LOL

Those pusillas are looking good! They should be blooming soon! :) I grow them both enclosed and unenclosed with no problem at all. I would simply try to take the lid of gradually and see what the plants do. If the leaves start curling, the air is too dry and you better leave them domed.

Some of the Sinningias are species, some are hybrids. The three micros are the three actual micro mini Sinningia species. S. nordestina is the oddball Sinningia that acts like an annual and kind of looks more like a Kohleria than a Sinningia.

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

Sinningia bullata used to be known as S. sp. "Florianopolis".

The other Sinningias are hybrids.

I only let the Kohlerias go dormant that want to go dormant. Right now, I have a few rhizomes of various Kohlerias that went dormant in pots under lights. They usually sprout anywhere from within a few weeks to within a few months... :)

'Genevieve' is one of my favorite Episcias (and one of the few that actually likes my conditions...) and what I like about yours is that it stayed nice and compact and is already blooming! Mine wanted to get BIG first and then make flowers! LOL

This was my plant in early August:

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 10, 2011
5:27 AM

Post #8884366

It looks like you are going to have a sturdy stem of flowers on nordestina. Did you order all those as seeds from the Gessie Seed Fund or from Brazil Plants? I just joined Brazil Plants and placed an order for Drymonia serrulata, 'Maranguape', Gloxinia erinoides 'Luzianaia', Neomortonia nummularia, Paliavana sericiflora "Morro do Chapeu', Seemannia purpurascens, and Vanhouttea fruticulosa.

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

November 10, 2011
6:11 AM

Post #8884409

Jamie, I've never seen that site before this morning. I need to pare down my seed want list now.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 10, 2011
8:26 AM

Post #8884563

Hey Jamie!

S. nordestina does not have a sturdy stem at all... LOL I got to take a picture of the whole "mess" that is this plant. I have to admit that the plant itself isn't a looker but the flowers are worth growing it.

From the habit of the plant, I would assume that it grows among other, sturdier vegetation which it uses for support.

I had the seeds from the seed fund. Germination is slow - about two to three months, which is very unusual for a Sinningia.

Once germinated, the plants grow rapidly and seem to set buds when the days get shorter.

I hope to get some viable seeds because the plant is, according to everything I have read, supposed to be an annual - another unusual feature for a Sinningia.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Seaecho
Phelan, CA
(Zone 8b)

November 10, 2011
8:05 PM

Post #8885513

Such beautiful bloomers, Olaf! Now I'm anticipating maybe my guttata will bloom in December too! If so, you'll be the first to know!

Randi
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 11, 2011
6:39 AM

Post #8885768

What have I done? LOL

Well, the proof is in the pudding: The three guttatas that I kept are all full of buds... :)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 11, 2011
7:46 AM

Post #8885837

She finally opened her first flower! :)

Sinningia concinna

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 11, 2011
10:02 AM

Post #8885960

She's a beautiful little plant. The foliage itself is lovely too.

I sowed seeds from the Gessie fund last April and am still awaiting germination of Chiritas lavandulacea and liboensis, Gesneria cuneifolia 'Quebradillas', Cantzia tigrina, Diastema affine, and Titanotrichum oldhamii. Does anyone know how much longer it should be, or if I should place over heat, or more or less light...? From that same tray Chiritas sericea, hamos, and involucrata, Paliavana plumeriodes, and Radermachera sinica all gave me nice seedlings. They were all sown over a light, moist mix with a very fine layer of vermiculite sprinkled over them and then domed. Any advice would be appreciated.
Jamie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 11, 2011
10:39 AM

Post #8885983

Thanks Jamie!

After over six months, I would say that you can forget about any chance of germination. The longest germination time that I have observed in any Gessie is Sinningia nordestina at just under three months.

Some seeds just won't stay viable for long and you never know how long the seeds from the seed fund, for example, have been in their fridge.

Gesneria cuneifolia should germinate within a week, for example...
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 11, 2011
11:30 AM

Post #8886011

Drat, I feared that. Well, the seeds are cheap and it's worth the effort. I think I'll place another order then and try some other things. Thanks.
Jamie
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

November 11, 2011
3:24 PM

Post #8886343

Great pictures and info, never heard of yellow sinn --- concinna looks incredible, what an unusual color. Amizade keeps getting even more adorable. Lovely episcias too, I can't wait for My Precious to start blooming. Following the yellow theme here is my new NOID Nematanthus. Anyone familiar with it?

Thumbnail by carpathiangirl
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 11, 2011
5:48 PM

Post #8886499

The only two yellow Sinningia species that I can think of are Sinningia richii "Robsen Lopez" and Sinningia sulcata. There aren't many (if any...) truly yellow flowered hybrids either. Some very pale yellow ones or some species and hybrids with more or less yellow in the throat but that's about it.

This Nematanthus looks more like a xCodonatanthus, which is an intergeneric involving Codonanthe and Nematanthus.

Almost impossible to say for sure but maybe xCodonatanthus 'Sunset'.
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

November 11, 2011
6:59 PM

Post #8886560

Soooooo close, thanks Olaf. The reddish hues are barely visible though, maybe a sport?... So glad you suggested Codonatanthus, I'd never guessed it.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 12, 2011
5:17 AM

Post #8886772

You are welcome!

Actually, there aren't that many different xCodonatanthus. The ones that I can think of off the top of my head are: 'Vista', 'Sunset', 'Barsoom', 'Fiesta' and 'Aurora'.

Usually, Nematanthus just don't have those large, flaring petals. That's the Codonanthe-genes. Also, the leaves on a xCodonatanthus usually are more fleshy and succulent than they are leathery.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

November 12, 2011
10:27 AM

Post #8887068

Beautiful pictures, everyone!

I have a question, for those of you that use both square and round pots. In all of my hiding spots where I have planting supplies, I don't seem to have a 2 1/4" square pot. I need to know which size round pot would hold the same volume. You'd think 2 1/4", but I think there's extra volume in those corners on the square pots . . .
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 12, 2011
10:45 AM

Post #8887079

Round pots of the same size/diameters as square pots hold less mix. That's the advantage of square pots. you don't waste any space. So, I would assume that a 3" round pot should be about the same volume as the 2.25" square or as close as you can get.

I didn't do the math, I'm just guessing...
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

November 12, 2011
10:51 AM

Post #8887087

I was thinking of 2.5" myself, so maybe I will go in between our two guesses with 2.75" . . . thanks for your input! ^_^

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

November 12, 2011
5:29 PM

Post #8887635

I finally, finally found a strep "Curly Shirley" on Ebay. It's my mother's name, I've wanted one since she passed away. It arrived in good condition, I'm so happy. I'll have some photos later, this plant isn't in bloom but looks like it might be soon.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 13, 2011
12:36 PM

Post #8888503

Codonanthe carnosa. Took a while to get started but now it's unstoppable. :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 13, 2011
12:38 PM

Post #8888505

Sinningia 'Snowbird' x self. This one took a break all Summer but is now back with a vengeance.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 13, 2011
12:39 PM

Post #8888507

Sinningia guttata. One of the seedlings. Full of buds.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 13, 2011
12:39 PM

Post #8888508

Sinningia concinna, 'Lil' Tiger', 'Bright Eyes', 'Star Eyes' and 'Wood Nymph'

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

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

November 14, 2011
10:34 AM

Post #8889882

Celene,that's great.I'm looking forward to the picture ^_^.

Olaf,those are just precious.

Lynn
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 14, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8890394

Here's Codonatanthus 'Vista', a picture from this past summer. It's indoors now and I'm training it to grow up and around a trellis. It blooms frequently without any special care.

Olaf- I have a large, full carnosa, but it doesn't bloom well for me. Do you hit it with a high phosphorous?

Maria- your unknown codonatanthus is gorgeous!!!

Thumbnail by jamiew
Click the image for an enlarged view.

carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

November 14, 2011
6:54 PM

Post #8890584

Thanks Jamie, I hope the flowers will get more red tones, maybe in summer with better light. I even didn't know what I was buying other than some goldfish plant, hehe. I'd love to propagate the cuttings to share, are they easy to root?

Vista is lovely, what a beautiful pink color, the flowers look pretty big (or rather long) too
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 14, 2011
7:35 PM

Post #8890625

The flowers were what attracted me to 'Vista' in the first place. I'll take a picture of my plant tomorrow and post it. I didn't fully appreciate the maroon splotches on the leaves until I actually saw the plant. :)

Mine hasn't bloomed so far because I was too busy pinching and finding a location that it likes. As it turns out, it wants good light, even a bit of sun and it will grow nice and compact. Watering has never been an issue. It's a tough and happy little plant.

I have two carnosa tubers that are about a year old and in their second growth cycle. They both haven't bloomed yet due to not being in the right spot. This Sinningia needs good light and some morning or afternoon sun to stay compact and bloom well.

It's one of the Sinningias with a determinate growth pattern, which means that on a mature tuber, you'll get one or several shoots with two or three pairs (or whorls) of leaves and then a terminal inflorescence. After setting seed, those shoots wither and the tuber goes into dormancy. So, if there aren't any buds on the shoots pretty much from the moment that they emerge, there will be no flowers on this shoot for this season.

This is unlike the Sinningias with a non-determinate growth pattern like Sinningia speciosa or eumorpha where there's a succession of leaves and flowers from their axils until the shoot is done.

As for fertilizer: I'm only using MiracleGro Tomato, 1/4 strength with every watering as long as the plants are actively growing. I don't fertilize in the height of Summer and through the cold, dark season I cut back to fertilizing every other watering and only if the plant shows signs of growth or buds.

This fertilizer is cheap (about 6 bucks for 1.5 pounds), balanced and widely available. It has been working very well for me for about a year now and I don't see any reason for me to use anything else. :)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2011
7:47 AM

Post #8891126

Kohleria 'Kapo' x 'Cinnamon Toast'. Decided to open two buds today. :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2011
7:48 AM

Post #8891128

Sinningia muscicola. Undomed and loving it. A new batch of seedlings has just germinated and should be ready for sharing (as in blooming size plants) in Spring. :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2011
7:49 AM

Post #8891129

Sinningia pusilla. Closeup showing the spurred flower. Of this I have a new batch coming up as well. They too should be blooming size in Spring.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 15, 2011
8:32 AM

Post #8891170

As usual, your sinns are adorable. Olaf, what do you mean by spurred flower on the sinn. pusilla?
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2011
9:45 AM

Post #8891249

Oh, thank you! On all other Sinningia species, the corolla (the whorl of petals) attaches to the calyx at the "hub" of the flower. On Sinningia pusilla, it's off center and the flower has a little "bump" (spur) protruding in the opposite direction from the corolla.

You can see that a bit better in these pictures from Alan LaVergne's "Sinningia And Friends" website:

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

In contrast to this picture of Sinningia concinna that shows the "regular" arrangement:

http://www.burwur.net/sinns/4cinMain.htm
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 15, 2011
12:34 PM

Post #8891444

Yes Maria, the Codonatanthus, Nematanthus, ... root very easily off cuttings. I root several cuttings in one pot for a full specimen.

Nymph Fly

Thumbnail by jamiew
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2011
12:51 PM

Post #8891489

...and don't forget to pinch the tips for a bushier plant. :)

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2011
1:06 PM

Post #8891508

Oh, and here's my xCodonatanthus 'Vista':

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2011
1:06 PM

Post #8891509

Smithiantha cinnabarina. Finally! :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 15, 2011
1:57 PM

Post #8891568

thanks Olaf, for the pictures of sin. pusilla's spur, and the info. so much to learn.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8891714

My pleasure, Eileen! :)

jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 15, 2011
4:57 PM

Post #8891822

Beautiful pictures everyone

David Thompson does it again and again and again I love his sinningia sp!

Sinn sp Elizabeth

Thumbnail by jannich
Click the image for an enlarged view.

jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 15, 2011
5:08 PM

Post #8891844

Wow, what a deep color. Is it a double? Very nice.
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 15, 2011
5:23 PM

Post #8891872

My camera isn't doing the flower justice It's a single flower.But Laura is a double flower

Sinn sp Laura first flower.

Thumbnail by jannich
Click the image for an enlarged view.

jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 15, 2011
5:26 PM

Post #8891877

sinn sp.Marilyn

psst,,,look on the left.

Thumbnail by jannich
Click the image for an enlarged view.

jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 15, 2011
5:28 PM

Post #8891881

baby's,baby;s and more baby's.

Thumbnail by jannich
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 15, 2011
7:08 PM

Post #8892003

Wow Jan! Those are beautiful!

I don't know how Dave Thompson does it but he is so good at it! :)

P.S.: The babies are looking great and healthy and NUMEROUS!!!
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 16, 2011
6:14 AM

Post #8892449

WOW! Jannich. What beautiful sins. I love the deep colors. And all those babies. Are they streps? I have no luck with them. I can get the leaves to produce babies, but then I have no luck growing the babies. None have ever made it.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2011
10:51 AM

Post #8892839

Sinningia 'Star Eyes':

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2011
10:52 AM

Post #8892841

Sinningia pusilla, seedlings:

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2011
10:52 AM

Post #8892844

Sinningia muscicola, seedlings:

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

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

November 16, 2011
11:48 AM

Post #8892940

Loving all this eye candy everybody!

Lynn
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 16, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8893254

olaf, how big do your seedling have to be before you put them into pots? I may try sending for seeds. Another question: how long do they take to germinate?
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 16, 2011
3:47 PM

Post #8893281

Digger, I'm glad you asked that! I got two Wardian Cases and I was thinking of growing some from seed to put in the cases.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
6:47 AM

Post #8893980

Well, micro minis grow extremely quickly from seed. They take only a few months from seed to bloom. If the seeds are fresh, germination happens in about 4-10 days. If they aren't fresh, germination can be random and very sporadic.

I have been frustrated more than once after sowing micro mini seeds from ebay, the seed fund or other sources that weren't fresh and not a single seedling came up.

Once they're germinated, just wait for them to have two to three pairs of baby leaves before you repot. The seedlings will be tiny and stay tiny for quite some time. However, they are incredibly tough for their size!

If you want to make them grow faster, just take a tooth pick and "tickle the roots" of the seedlings every two weeks for about 8 weeks.

And if you really are in a hurry, take a pair of small scissors and remove the tiny cotyledons and every baby leaf but two pairs and pot up the plant with the remaining leaves just abouve the surface of the mix. This is tedious and sunds scary at first but gives those seedlings an incredible growth boost!

I grow both S. pusilla and muscicola (aka. "Rio Das Pedras") unenclosed. The former on wicks, the latter on a pebble tray. They grow, bloom and set seeds with no problems at all. My experience is that if you can keep the plants moist and above 50% humidity, they'll do just fine!

They also do well in any high sided glass container or, of course, enclosed.

A Wardian case may be too large for plants that max out at about 2.5" across at maturity. Think along the lines of a brandy snifter or a half-pint mason jar...

However, in a small Wardian case, you can easily put a whole collection of these tiny plants. :)

To give you an idea, here's a picture of Sinningia concinna with my hand for scale.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 17, 2011
7:07 AM

Post #8894000

Oh that is so cute. I have a bunch of thumb pots that I got in a round robin, and now I know what to do with them. Now I'm going to look on line for seeds. Thanks!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
7:34 AM

Post #8894041

Or you simply wait until I have some ripe pods, which should be any day now and I'll send you some seeds. I have pusilla and muscicola ripening right now.
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 17, 2011
7:52 AM

Post #8894058

His pods are great. I've got lots of little seedlings of both of those right now. You are very generous, Olaf!
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 17, 2011
7:53 AM

Post #8894060

Olaf, If I can be a beggar, could you please send me a pod when you get one ? I have a little 5inch glass house that would great with them> Thanks, Lou
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
7:59 AM

Post #8894064

No problem, Lou! LOL

Sinningia muscicola, pods

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
7:59 AM

Post #8894066

Sinningia pusilla, pod

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
8:00 AM

Post #8894067

Sinningia pusilla (top) and S. 'Mighty Mouse' in a brandy snifter

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
8:01 AM

Post #8894070

clockwise from upper left: Sinningia pusilla, 'Country Tiger' x self, Primulina tamiana and Saintpaulia 'Cirelda'. This Sinningia pusilla has an almost ripe pod as well. :)


Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
8:05 AM

Post #8894074

There will definitely be enough seeds for everyone since every pod contains hundreds of seeds and the germination rate with fresh seeds is usually very high. :)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
8:39 AM

Post #8894112

One more time: Streptocarpus 'Bristol's Red Typhoon'

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
8:40 AM

Post #8894115

Streptocarpus 'Fancy Pants'. Almost.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
8:41 AM

Post #8894119

Streptocarpus 'Weismoor Blue'

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
8:42 AM

Post #8894120

Streptocarpus 'Happy Times'. This one is VIGOROUS!!! Thanks for these awesome Streps, Lynn! :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
8:43 AM

Post #8894123

Sinningia 'Amizade'. Love it! Thanks, Lynn for this beautiful plant! A fast but compact grower and steady bloomer. It's rare to have no flowers but it's full of buds. :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
8:46 AM

Post #8894129

Sinningia 'Super Orange' - or one of its children. The hybrid is fertile and the orange is stable. Oh, and I just harvested a pod. If the seeds are viable, I will definitely share. I also have some more Gessie seeds in the fridge that really need to be sown. If anyone's interested, just write me a D-mail.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
8:47 AM

Post #8894132

Sinningia speciosa 'Bristol's Love Potion' and one of my pink flowered seedlings in its second growth cycle.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 17, 2011
1:19 PM

Post #8894448

Olaf, your streps are gorgeous. I can't grow these at all. I can get babies from leaves, but as soon as I put them in their own pots, they die!!!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
1:30 PM

Post #8894460

Thanks Eileen!

I would assume that it is a bit hot and humid for them in Florida...

In nature, a lot of Streps grow near cool streams. So, they like it humid but on the cool side. However, if you can grow babies from leaves and they die when repotting, then there's the problem.

What I usually do with pretty much anything leaf grown is (from Begonias to Violets...) to leave a little piece of the mother leaf or petiole on the plantlet and dip everything that hits the mix into some RootOne for its fungicidal purposes. Another crucial point is to keep the freshly repotted plantlets just as moist as absolutely necessary but keep the humidity up at the same time.

It's trial and error and there is no "Silver Bullet"-recipe for that. You'll get the hang of it. Just don't give up and keep on trying! That's what the hobby is all about! :)

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
3:19 PM

Post #8894616

Primulina tabacum. In desperate need of repotting. Before.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
3:19 PM

Post #8894617

And after.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
3:20 PM

Post #8894620

And the bouquet of flowers that snapped off the plant during repotting. Oh well. There's more where that came from! :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

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

November 17, 2011
3:23 PM

Post #8894626

It's looking great Olaf!

BTW,a few of my baby Sinns. are growing the tuber above the soil.I know this is normal for Cardinalis,but on the others should I gradually bury the tuber?

Thanks Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
3:27 PM

Post #8894636

Thanks, Lynn!

It doesn't really matter whether you bury the tuber or not. It's more a matter of personal preference. As a matter of fact, if the stems aren't too brittle, you can roll up a mini Sinningia just like you would a Kohleria.

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

November 18, 2011
10:59 AM

Post #8895650

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

November 18, 2011
2:02 PM

Post #8895996

You are very welcome, Lynn! :)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 19, 2011
8:21 AM

Post #8896807

Kohleria 'HCY's Jardin De Monet' and 'Kapo' x 'Cinnamon Toast'. 'HCY's Jardin De Monet' is about two feet tall and full of buds. 'Kapo' x 'Cinnamon Toast' already looks large compared to other Kohlerias but is being dwarved by 'Jardin'...

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2011
12:43 PM

Post #8897124

WOW! I didn't think kohleria got that tall. Very pretty. What is the paint brush for? Are you going to change their colors? Just kidding. I think you probably use it to brush their leaves. I know I have a small brush to dust of my violet leaves after repotting. I'm messy and always manage to get soil/mix on their leaves. The brush comes in very handy.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 19, 2011
12:51 PM

Post #8897136

Remember "Alice In Wonderland" where the queen's men were painting the white roses red? LOL

You guessed right. I use it to brush dirt off the leaves after repotting but in this picture, the pruner and the brush are for scale. :)

This is one large Kohleria. She started out as a few little rhizomes this Spring.

Actually, some Kohleria species can get even taller. Kohleria spicata, for instance, can easily reach twice this height.

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

November 19, 2011
2:22 PM

Post #8897332

Holy cannoli, that's a huge Kohleria!

Remember the person who said "Never throw away a tuber"? I put the tuber and moss in the back of one of my terrariums, thinking the worst that'd happen is that it'd be some nice soil cover. The darn thing sprouted. The bad news...no clue what it is.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 19, 2011
2:24 PM

Post #8897335

Yep! I remember. LOL

Sinningias are tough, little critters! You'll find out once she blooms, which won't be long. :)

BTW: The tuber that I didn't toss is at it again, too...
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 19, 2011
5:56 PM

Post #8897720

Gorgeous Primulina tobaccum and you grow those kohlerias incredibly. BTW, I just snatched up a tuber of Sinn. tubiflora on ebay and there's still one left. It looks like the vendor is selling a massive number of succulents, with this one sinningia among them all.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 19, 2011
10:42 PM

Post #8898225

Hey Jamie!

I have some tubiflora seedlings that can't decide whether to go dormant or not right now... Can't wait to put those little critters outdoors next year!

They get real tall and aren't particularly well suited for growing under lights but make an easy patio or garden plant.

They also are VERY prolific and spread by runners if they're allowed to.

Getting tubiflora to bloom seems to be a whole different subject altogether. For some it's a prolific bloomer while others never see even a single bud...

Kohlerias are both extremely hungry and thirsty when actively growing. They also need a few hours of good sunlight for strong growth. NEVER let a Kohleria dry out completely or it won't bloom or will blast its buds. Leaf damage will soon follow. Heat tolerance is pretty good but high temperatures and humidity often result in mildew damage and leaf loss. I grow my Kohlerias in a sunny East window in a 3rd floor apartment in Chicago. No secrets here. All I use for fertilizer is MiracleGro Tomato. My large Kohlerias, I usually keep a little overpotted because that makes watering less tedious. I don't usually pinch my Kohlerias and just let them grow and do their thing. If i have, I start several (usually 5 or 7) cuttings or rhizomes in one pot to get a full plant from the beginning. Propagating Kohlerias is generally about as difficult as propagating a Trdescantia or a Spider Plant. Cuttings root within days. Seeds germinate within about two weeks. Rhizomes can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to sprout. That's the part that can be a bit tricky but it's not hard. A very porous mix and even moisture prevents the rhizomes both from drying out and from rotting. Stubborn rhizomes can be stripped of their scales and the scales sprinkled on top of seedling mix and treated just like seedlings. The scale method is also the best way to keep fancy leaf varieties like 'Texas Rainbow' coming true. Kohlerias also make wonderful garden or patio plants. One more thing: Not all Kohlerias are good rhizome makers ('Dark Velvet' would be an example)! It's always good to have a few cuttings as backups just in case...

That's pretty much everything I can think of when it comes to Kohlerias. If I should have forgotten something, please ask!

I think that everyone should grow at least one Kohleria. They are fun, forgiving and remarkably easy and quick to grow to specimen size. They make cool plants for kids as well - the rhizomes are the coolest thing for them since they look like scaly worms or caterpillars... :)

Olaf
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

November 20, 2011
5:12 AM

Post #8898304

Great info, thanks Olaf. Now have your Kohlerias ever got leggy? Is it a good idea to cut them back (and root the cuttings of course)? if yes when is the best time -- after blooming, at rest or actively growing?

Here is my only K. Longwood I believe, starting to bloom again but the stem is getting long and twisted. I heard about rolling but too scared to do that now, the stem feels rather firm.

Thumbnail by carpathiangirl
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

November 20, 2011
6:54 AM

Post #8898376

My tubiflora blooms in August every year, last year it was a little blah but I've figured out it was massively underpotted.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 20, 2011
7:35 AM

Post #8898454

Well, old varieties like 'Longwood' get tall and leggy and tend to flop over. Unfortunately, that's normal and there's not much you can do about it but staking the plant when you grow it potted.

However, as a bedding plant in a greenhouse or in a suitable climate, the stems will support each other and the effect is much more tidy.

Look at tall growing Kohlerias as you would at a tall growing perennial in your garden, say like perennial Phlox. A single stem of Phlox would probably fall over at the first sign of a breeze but if you have a whole clump of it, the stems will support each other. And outdoors perennials that get bare from the bottom, you usually want to plant some fast growing annual in front of it in order to cover the unsightly, bare stems.

That's why the tall and weak stemmed Kohleria hybrids fell from grace as houseplants and most of the modern cultivars and hybrids are either shorter in stature or have much thicker and sturdier stems.

Rolling up a Kohleria is nothing to be afraid of. The best way is to let the plant dry out a little bit to make it more pliable, remove any leaves but the good looking ones on the top (about 2-4 pairs), take the plant out of the pot and just wrap the stem around the root ball. Then you plant the result into either the same or a little bit larger pot and fill with mix. Just make sure that there is as little stem as possible left above the surface of the mix. Don't worry if a stem snaps, the plant will make more roots from those injuries.

Here's a link with some more detailed instructions as well as some pictures:

http://www.violetbarn.com/lessons/propagating_kohleria.htm

Other than that, you can take Kohleria cuttings pretty much at any time of the year but if the plant isn't actively growing, it can happen that the cutting will root and just sit there for months while making rhizomes. Kohleria cuttings can be a bit tricky in this regard because sometimes the cutting seems to suddenly die without ever growing. However, if you knock the mix out of the pot, you'll often find one or a few rhizomes that you can then just pot up and wait for them to sprout.

One more thing: If you think that Violets have a "cold-water-burn"-problem, guess again! Most Kohlerias are much, much more sensitive to it than other Gesneriads! Careful watering is always a must with Kohlerias!

In general, Kohlerias are easy to grow and bloom but there are, of course, those caveats that can easily discourage someone from growing them.

It is hard to predict, what particular cultivar will work particularly well for someone just wanting to try one Kohleria but I would dare to suggest 'Perdiots Mango Martini', a very nice, medium size Kohleria with soft, medium green leaves and medium size salmon flowers with darker spots and streaks by Iain James. This Kohleria has been the "battle horse" for me. Another one would be 'Strawberry Fields' by Patrick Worley. This Kohleria has the most amazingly large, strawberry red blooms with an almost psychedelic pattern of slighly darker spots. It's a very tidy, upright grower and makes an "instant show plant" almost every time with very little effort.

If you can get your hands on any of the Swedish or Korean Kohlerias, you're in for a treat! Check out the links:

http://www.gesneriasterna.se/

http://www.dollyyeh.idv.tw/picture_other.htm

Also, check out Serge Saliba's photostream on flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gesneriads/

I think that I covered pretty much all bases here... LOL

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 20, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8898466

Sinningia concinna is my favorite Sinningia species and this is why I love this plant:

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 20, 2011
7:56 AM

Post #8898467

And one more time:

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

November 21, 2011
1:06 PM

Post #8900192

One can never get tired of sinns lol. Even if she's NOID like this one. It's amazing how such a tiny plant can make a flower 2-3 times it's size:

Thumbnail by carpathiangirl
Click the image for an enlarged view.

carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

November 21, 2011
1:09 PM

Post #8900195

Have to look it up

Thumbnail by carpathiangirl
Click the image for an enlarged view.

carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

November 21, 2011
1:14 PM

Post #8900201

My only Aeschynanthus

Thumbnail by carpathiangirl
Click the image for an enlarged view.

carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

November 21, 2011
1:17 PM

Post #8900205

Bucheye Country Girl, very long lasting blooms, pretty big too. Great plant, a pleasure to grow

Thumbnail by carpathiangirl
Click the image for an enlarged view.

carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

November 21, 2011
1:25 PM

Post #8900215

Little Hopi, keeps blooming -- thanks Jamie! showing some speckles already:

Edited to say: I just love it!

This message was edited Nov 21, 2011 4:27 PM

Thumbnail by carpathiangirl
Click the image for an enlarged view.

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

November 21, 2011
2:35 PM

Post #8900298

Great pictures Maria and Olaf! Keep them coming.

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 21, 2011
4:41 PM

Post #8900507

Thanks Lynn!

Wow, Maria! Those are some beautiful Violets! :)

Sinningia 'Country Bumpkin' x 'HCY's Fairy Weather', 2nd growth cycle.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 21, 2011
4:41 PM

Post #8900509

Sinningia 'Wood Nymph'. Almost...

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 21, 2011
4:42 PM

Post #8900515

Sinningia 'Amanda's Penny'. This plant has been blooming non-stop since about May. A clear winner. :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 21, 2011
4:53 PM

Post #8900539

Great bloom, Olaf, and carpathaingirl. Keep them coming. Pretty soon I'll have a bloom on Sinn.Fuschia Treasure. She' had this bud for two weeks. It's getting longer, so it should open soon. I can wait to see it.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 21, 2011
6:19 PM

Post #8900665

You'll notice when the buds very suddenly and very rapidly increase in size. That's when they're ready to open. :)

Speaking of buds, this is a closeup of the buds on Kohleria 'HCY's Jardin De Monet'

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

November 21, 2011
6:40 PM

Post #8900716

Wow, this plant is LOADED with buds, gonna be quite a show. I'm lovin' this thread!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2011
10:04 AM

Post #8901470

All I can think about is: PLEASE don't blast the buds... LOL

Sinningia 'Wood Nymph':

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2011
10:05 AM

Post #8901471

Sinningia 'Freckles':

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2011
10:05 AM

Post #8901475

Episcia cupreata. Grown from seed.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2011
10:06 AM

Post #8901477

Episcia 'Faded Jade':

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

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

November 22, 2011
12:18 PM

Post #8901620

Beautiful Olaf! I especially enjoy the color of Amanda's Penny.

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2011
1:05 PM

Post #8901668

Thanks, Lynn!

Speaking of thanking you: Streptocarpus 'Fancy Pants'

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

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

November 22, 2011
2:42 PM

Post #8901773

Glad she's growing well for you!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2011
2:48 PM

Post #8901787

They all are! 'Happy Time' is particularly vigorous. :)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2011
3:00 PM

Post #8901809

Small plants come from small tubers: Sinningia pusilla

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2011
3:01 PM

Post #8901811

Sinningia 'Amanda's Penny' with water droplets.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2011
3:03 PM

Post #8901815

All that fuzz: Sinningia 'Amizade'

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 22, 2011
3:07 PM

Post #8901829

Nautilocalyx sp. 'Burle-Marx'. Needed a hard pruning and is now back with a vengeance! :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 26, 2011
4:46 PM

Post #8906902

well darn,It took 7 months to grow sinningia sp. Tiger Pink x self from seed to get this flower.LOL.Good thing I like the color ^_^

Thumbnail by jannich
Click the image for an enlarged view.

imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 27, 2011
6:52 AM

Post #8907477

WooHoo!!! Finally got a bloom on this little sin. It's 'Fuschia Treasure'. I have it about two months and I've been waiting, it seems, forever for it to bloom. I couldn't get a clear shot. I guess I have to take a good picture and then crop it. I'll try again. But here is the little beauty.

Thumbnail by imadigger
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 27, 2011
7:21 AM

Post #8907514

That's one nice, pastel colored speciosa, Jan! :)

And 'Fuchsia Treasure' is just that - a treasure! Love the intense hot pink! This one's a keeper, Eileen! :)

Oh, and btw: Yesterday, i harvested two pods from S. muscicola and one pod of S. pusilla. Another week or so and I should have enough seeds ready for everyone.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

November 27, 2011
11:22 AM

Post #8907814

Great pictures.I love them all!

Lynn
avpat
Atco, NJ

November 27, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8908083

OK, I have to put a couple of my av pics in too. There are lots in bloom right now, but I picked just two of them.

Love this trailer!
Rob's Gundaroo

Thumbnail by avpat
Click the image for an enlarged view.

avpat
Atco, NJ

November 27, 2011
3:45 PM

Post #8908109

This little mini av is one of my all time favorites. It's not showing much leaf variegation right now, but will have beautifully variegated leaves as it grows through the cooler months. It's growing in a 1 1/4 oz. Solo cup.

Pixie Panache (A. E. Adams) Single pink two-tone bells. Tommie Lou variegated foliage. Miniature (User Database)

Thumbnail by avpat
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 27, 2011
5:09 PM

Post #8908206

I just love those little guys! Very nice job, Pat! :)

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 27, 2011
7:38 PM

Post #8908427

Primulina tabacum. This plantlet is the sole survivor of a clump that struggled through Summer and died one by one until only this was left...

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 27, 2011
7:39 PM

Post #8908430

Sinningia guttata

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 28, 2011
5:09 AM

Post #8908648

Pretty little pictures. I love them. I'm getting tired of waiting for this little Rob's Gundaroo to open it's bud. The momma leaf is still attached and I don't want to disturb it until it finishes blooming. It's had this bud for weeks. It is one stubborn little plant.

Thumbnail by imadigger
Click the image for an enlarged view.

avpat
Atco, NJ

November 28, 2011
5:36 AM

Post #8908674

My Rob's Gundaroo started out in a little cup like that. Just give it time and it will simply amaze you. It's a heavy bloomer and shapes up very nicely. I never pinched back any of the crowns, just removed leaves where needed to promote new crown development. It's definitely a keeper.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

November 28, 2011
9:23 AM

Post #8908944

Pat,your violets are beautiful!

LOL Olaf,that Sinn. looks like it's trying to be a Kohleria!

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 28, 2011
2:28 PM

Post #8909258

Exactly, Lynn! What is she thinking? LOL
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 28, 2011
4:42 PM

Post #8909440

Primulina 'Starburst'. I cut a flower open just to discover that there is no pollen present.

Thumbnail by jamiew
Click the image for an enlarged view.

jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 28, 2011
4:45 PM

Post #8909443

I followed Lynn's instructions and went to Dollar General to get 'domes' for a bunch of my episcias. They like this! Here is 'Silver Skies'

Thumbnail by jamiew
Click the image for an enlarged view.

jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 28, 2011
4:46 PM

Post #8909444

Here is a top shelf of a light stand with a bunch of medium sized trailers.

Thumbnail by jamiew
Click the image for an enlarged view.

imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 28, 2011
4:54 PM

Post #8909459

beautiful bunch of violets, Jamie. What are you using for a dome. Is it plastic or glass? Whatever it is, I have to go get a few. Great idea.
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 28, 2011
6:14 PM

Post #8909537

It's two large bowls held together by two or three hair clips (sold three for a dollar). The set-up can hold up to a 6 inch pot, with some spread. I place the larger episcias beneath a big, tall propagation dome, seen here. I like this method so much better than what I used to do, which was enclose the entire shelf in plastic wrap. I like the easier access and increased humidity provided this new way.

Thumbnail by jamiew
Click the image for an enlarged view.

imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 29, 2011
5:55 AM

Post #8910062

Jamie, that's a great idea. I'm off to go shopping. LOL

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

November 29, 2011
6:19 AM

Post #8910091

I have good luck finding bubble bowls at tag sales and thrift stores, but Flower Factory almost always has them here.

I ordered some seeds from Mauro--any advice on starting them? I normally use sterilized Jiffy Mix topped with a little sterilized sand in small plastic containers, that has worked for many plants. Bottom heat? No bottom heat?
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 29, 2011
10:25 AM

Post #8910331

I don't know about the bottom heat. We just got a cold front and it's regularly in the 60's inside now, so I might move my seeds to a heat pad at 70. I've got Brazil Seeds going now also. I placed mine atop a moistened mix of peat, vermiculite, and trace minerals (Gardener's Supply Germination Soil).

Thumbnail by jamiew
Click the image for an enlarged view.

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

November 29, 2011
10:38 AM

Post #8910342

Jamie,
Your plants are just gorgeous! ^_^

Lynn

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

November 29, 2011
11:37 AM

Post #8910401

What kind of containers are those, Jamie?
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 29, 2011
12:34 PM

Post #8910446

From Lee Valley Tools. They are designed to be placed on a wicking mat over a resevoir.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 29, 2011
1:41 PM

Post #8910492

Okay, let me add my two cents here... LOL

All I use for sowing are the cheapest, stackable plastic containers that I can finnd. As a medium, I usually use 1:1 Perlite/Vermiculite that I make wet, squeeze out the excess and fluff it back up.

The containers don't even have to have clear lids. The light that gets through the sides of the containers is sufficient for the initial stage, so stacking the containers is no problem.

For cuttings, I use regular, cheap greenhouse flats that I fill with a real moist Perlite/Vermiculite/SoilMoist crystals-mix. Then I use small pots with my regular, barely damp seed sowing mix for the cuttings and plunge them into the flat.

For both: Bottom warmth is always a good idea but if you place the trays under lights, the heat from the lights is usually enough. To put it in my grandmother's words "Wouldn't you prefer to have warm feet?" LOL

I usually use the bottom tier of my shelf to place seedlings and cuttings as the temperatures don't get too crazy but stay warm enough for everybody.

Olaf

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

November 29, 2011
6:48 PM

Post #8910820

I have clear plastic oval containers that I used in my biz, that I now use for starting seeds, I'll probably use those, then. They're clear, but I have them already. I have some smaller mats that I got at a tag sale, I will probably plop all of these containers on one mat and see what happens. I'm so excited!

I also have seed pods ripening on a couple of streps that I will sow when they're ready. I'm interested to see how Monarch's Journey and Silvia cross seedlings will look.
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 30, 2011
8:14 AM

Post #8911324

Quick question about seeds. how do you order them from Mauro? I went to his website, but there are no prices for the seeds. How does it work. Do you have to belong to a club in order to buy seeds? There are no gessie or african violet clubs near me. The closet one is in Orlando, and that's close to a 2 hour drive.
Thanks
Eileen
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 30, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8911581

Sinningia 'Angora Love'. A difficult one for me. Needs pretty low light and high humidity to survive. Easy to prop by cuttings but doesn't seem to be long lived.

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

November 30, 2011
12:42 PM

Post #8911582

Sinningia 'Angora Love'. One more time... :)

Thumbnail by bsimpson1972
Click the image for an enlarged view.

jamiew
Montgomery, AL

November 30, 2011
7:40 PM

Post #8912051

I joined Brazil Plants on the yahoo site. I submitted a request to join and Lee Stradley emailed me with information. I choose the cheapest membership which is $60, that gives you 6 packs of seeds three times during the year. You can buy additional seed packs beyond that too, for a nominal fee. Mauro has a list on the Yahoo site for the seeds currently available. In the files section there is information on membership, etc... I mailed the check to Lee and she combines them for a paypal payment to Mauro. That is my understanding and experience.
Jamie
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

December 1, 2011
4:09 PM

Post #8912947

Jamie, thanks for the info. Right now, with the holidays coming, it's out of question. Hopefully after the new year I'll be able to check it out and join. Thanks again.

You cannot post until you register, login and subscribe.


Other African Violets and Gesneriads Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
My Brag of the Day... MsCritterkeeper 17 Jun 6, 2007 2:14 PM
advice on TRAILERS from Violet Gallery critterologist 57 Feb 5, 2010 9:56 PM
test thread for sticky, never mind me begoniacrazii 90 Apr 11, 2011 3:40 PM
All Other Gesneriad Care & Related Links begoniacrazii 2 Apr 11, 2011 3:15 PM
Streptocarpus seedling progress Keyring 127 Jun 9, 2007 2:52 PM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America