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African Violets and Gesneriads: January Pictures and Chit Chat

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2012
9:46 AM

Post #8951365

A HAPPY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY!!! :)

Well, I saw this on YouTube a while ago and meant to try it for the longest. Last night, I couldn't sleep, had a S. pusilla and a burnt out light bulb...

It's a real easy and fun project. Took me about fifteen minutes to prep the bulb and another ten to plant and clean up. And that was my first attempt...

Here's what it looks like:

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meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2012
12:08 PM

Post #8951559

That's so cute!! Just how did you do it!!

Melanie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2012
12:39 PM

Post #8951612

This is what made me try it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn4-cJKgHPg

It's much easier than it looks like! :)
EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

January 2, 2012
12:50 PM

Post #8951631

Happy New Year, Olaf!! Very cool project!

Earle
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2012
1:23 PM

Post #8951682

Thanks everyone! :)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 2, 2012
1:34 PM

Post #8951701

Really cute.Happy New Year!

Lynn
zozzl
Orlando, FL

January 3, 2012
7:04 AM

Post #8952581

Great idea! I have to try that:)

PatM.
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 3, 2012
7:02 PM

Post #8953560

I ditto everyones comments on the neatness of your video project Olaf. That makes a very inexpensive terrarium.
I'm taking inventory of my plants that survived the holiday season. Some have bloomed (probably hoping to set seed before they die!)
Sinningia 'Flair' - thanks to Olaf for sharing

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 3, 2012
7:04 PM

Post #8953566

Sinningia Speciosa - again, thanks to Olaf for the seeds.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 3, 2012
7:06 PM

Post #8953570

Gesneria 'Cardinal's Flight' - very, very thirsty plant

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

January 3, 2012
8:58 PM

Post #8953746

Cute light bulb planter. We have been stocking UP on the good light bulbs since the govt. wants us to have the toxic ones! YIKES> fazing out the good bulbs.

Lovely photos!!!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2012
9:07 PM

Post #8953753

Wow, Jamie! That Gesneria is wonderful! :)

Many Gesnerias can not ever allowed to dry out or they'll die very quickly. That and the fact that propagation of some of the hybrids is slow and difficult is the reason why they are not seen more often.

I will definitely have to try G. cuneifolia this year. From what others tell me, it's relatively easy except for the fact that it wants it WET at all times...
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 4, 2012
5:36 AM

Post #8953956

I can see a few hanging light bulbs on my light stand. Take up no space on the shelves, look good in macrame hangers (invisible or of crocet thread), and a real conversation starter. Thanks Olaf!!!!! Lou
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2012
7:41 AM

Post #8954064

You're welcome, Lou!

Hanging those on the edges of the shelf was what I had in mind...

Well, and they should make pretty cool gifts. If you plug the hole with a cork or something, they should run maintenance free for quite some time.

Olaf

Oh, btw, sallysblooms: There are Mercury and toxin free fluorescent light bulbs on the market (after European standards, where the same discussion took place over 10 years ago...). Just like with any other fluorescent light, it's always a good thing to check the label for Mercury and other toxins, since even some of the traditional fluorescent lights are pretty full of that stuff as well...
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 4, 2012
8:11 AM

Post #8954099

Olaf, is 'Cardinal's Flight' a cuneifolia? It was just labeled G. 'Cardinal's Flight'. Can it be propagated by tip cuttings? It seems to be doing very well in the middle of my lowest shelf, wet. Will it set seed? If so, I'll try putting some down for the Spring RR.
Jamie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2012
8:29 AM

Post #8954129

Jamie, the correct name for the hybrid would be G. 'Ako Cardinal Flight'. I wouldn't be surprised if G. cuneifolia was involved but I really don't know. I will ask on gphiles if my research doesn't turn up anything...

Here's a picture of Arleen Dewell's plant from the Convention 2010:

http://www.gesneriadsociety.org/conv2010/Plants/bigpics/2010Class17.htm

I also have no idea if or how well tip cuttings work. Will try to find out.
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 4, 2012
8:36 AM

Post #8954147

Olaf, what a great idea. Your bulb came out looking fantastic!
Jaime, love all your blooms. What a great way to start the year.
Olaf, question for you, since you are a seed expert. How long does it take for sinningia seeds to germinate? I sowed the seeds you sent and so far, I keep checking every day for signs of green. I hope it's quick. LOL
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2012
9:46 AM

Post #8954230

Hey Eileen!

Sinningia seed takes anywhere from a few days from a few months but in general, germination should occur between one and three weeks after sowing. :)

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 4, 2012
11:22 AM

Post #8954324

Jamie: Seems like the parentage of G. 'Ako Cardinal Flight' is unknown... :(
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 4, 2012
4:16 PM

Post #8954636

Thanks Olaf. It's been just 10 days, so I will be very patient. But they better hurry up. LOL
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2012
7:21 AM

Post #8955169

Kohleria 'Peppermint'. Almost...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2012
7:26 AM

Post #8955171

Pods on Sinningia cardinalis. The left one is a selfing, the right one is a result of pollination with pollen of S. eumorpha "Saltao"...

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jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2012
7:35 AM

Post #8955174

Great picture everyone!

Olaf,good luck with your cross,did I ever tell you my real name was seedsower? hint,hint ^_^


Noid episcia...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2012
7:38 AM

Post #8955176

Thanks Jan!

The sheer size of that pod suggests that there are PLENTY of seeds inside and I will never be able to sow them all... ;)

Olaf
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #8955178

is happy growing in the homemade self watering bottle.

Jan

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2012
8:11 AM

Post #8955208

COOL! This is genius!!! I love all recycling projects and this one is just very, very cool!!!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2012
8:13 AM

Post #8955210

Sinningia 'Gabriel's Horn Mutant'. Another almost...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #8955212

Sinningia eumorpha "Saltao". Throat closeup.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2012
8:15 AM

Post #8955214

Sinningia bullata. Buds coming along slowly bud steadily...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #8955215

Sinningia pusilla. Flower after flower...



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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2012
8:30 AM

Post #8955230

Sinningia 'Wood Nymph'. Normal, 5-petaled flower on the left and 6-petaled flower on the right.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2012
8:31 AM

Post #8955233

Achimenes erecta 'Tiny Red'. Still at it and making flower after flower and seed pod after seed pod... :)

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EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

January 5, 2012
12:42 PM

Post #8955532

Hi Jan,

I am fascinated by your recycling of the old soda bottles. Forgive me if you have explained it before, but please telol me how it is done. Is there a wick in the cap end of the bottle? Thanks in advance.

Earle
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2012
1:30 PM

Post #8955599

Great pics to start January with :) Sister Jan...good to see you posting again LOL!! I make those pop bottle pots too but I remove my lids and pack the mix in the neck of the bottle. I am growing a few different Hoya and other plants in them. Wasn't sure about gessies. Good to know, Sis :) Earle, I was directed to this site for mine but not sure how Jan does it. http://toppertwo.tripod.com/pop_bottle_pots.htm

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2012
1:46 PM

Post #8955613

Thanks for the link, Connie!

That's essentially a low budget, do-it-yourself Oyama pot. So very, very cool!

I need to try this ASAP!!!

Olaf
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #8955738

Blue Blazes...mini

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meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2012
3:05 PM

Post #8955742

Wranglers Winter Hawk

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 5, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #8955749

Wow, Melanie!

'Blue Blazes' is AWESOME!!!

I had to go ahead and tried the pop-bottle-self-watering-pot project...

The plant is O/T but I thought that I would choose an ever thirsty plant like this variegated Hibiscus as a Guinea pig...

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meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2012
3:44 PM

Post #8955773

Here is a planter that Jan told me how to make at the 2010 convention. I still use them with good results. Thanks Jan!!

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meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2012
3:46 PM

Post #8955774

Thanks Olaf, Blue Blazes is such a sweetie!! I'll always have one now!!
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #8955796

Gorgeous color on Blue Blazes, Melonie!! Your others are gorgeous too. Great job on your first pop bottle pot, Olaf!! Easy to make :)

Connie
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 5, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #8956000

Oh Melanie, that Blue Blazes is AWESOME. What a beauty!! The color is so rich and dark and bright all at the same time. A real winner if you ask me.
EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

January 6, 2012
6:51 AM

Post #8956495

Thanks, Connie. Looks like something I can handle. I will try it soon.

Earle
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 6, 2012
8:42 AM

Post #8956641

Kohleria 'Peppermint'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 6, 2012
8:43 AM

Post #8956644

Sinningia 'Gabriel's Horn Mutant'

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dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2012
9:33 AM

Post #8956697

Meag848, can you explain a little about the pot? I kjnow you probably have before, but I missed it. Thanks, Lou
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 6, 2012
10:40 AM

Post #8956794

Fur, fur, fur... LOL Sinningia bullata almost ready to pop...

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2012
11:05 AM

Post #8956840

I LOVE that one, Olaf! Did you get seed from Mauro?

Connie
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 6, 2012
11:25 AM

Post #8956872

Olaf, are the leaves on the Sinningia bullata really quilted? If so, it's awesome. I sure love the unusual. Also love the Kohleria.
'Peppermint'

Here's Saintpaulia Cirelda getting ready to bloom. She's wicked and sitting in a Ball 4 oz canning jar.

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 6, 2012
11:27 AM

Post #8956875

Sinninga Chippewa Merry Martha blooming her little head off. She's also wicked and sitting on a canning jar.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 6, 2012
6:18 PM

Post #8957398

I love that Sinningia, Eileen and 'Cirelda' is just the most wonderful little thing in the world! :)

Yes, Sinningia bullata has quilted leaves. It's definitely the Sinningia with the coolest foliage of them all...

Here's a closeup of a Sinningia bullata leaf showing the puckered (bullate) surface and the wooly, furry underside:

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 7, 2012
7:33 AM

Post #8957962

OMG, Olaf. I love it. It is soooo different from all others.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2012
9:00 AM

Post #8958069

Thanks Eileen!

And it's so easy to propagate! I have some nice size cuttings down that should be blooming size soon. I'll put your name on one of them. :)

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #8958101

Kohleria 'HCY's Jardin De Monet' is still doing its thing and I just noticed that another shoot of the same plant is getting ready to bloom as well...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2012
10:13 AM

Post #8958121

My "Old Reliable": Kohleria 'Peridots Potlach'

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

January 7, 2012
11:36 AM

Post #8958186

Love the pictures Sister Jan,Melanie and Olaf!
I need to get busy and get my plants doing something besides sitting their begging for attention.

Lynn
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

January 7, 2012
11:53 AM

Post #8958195

A Noid!

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 7, 2012
12:11 PM

Post #8958215

I beg to differ...that is a STUNNING NOID!! :) Very pretty!

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

January 7, 2012
1:13 PM

Post #8958289

Love it Tommie!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 7, 2012
4:01 PM

Post #8958434

It's amazing how time flies when you are 'tidying' plants. I spent 8 hours the past 2 days playing 'catch-up' from the holidays. I'm exhausted. How did everyone's vacation treat their plants?
Here's Sinningia 'Darth Vader' with it's first bloom.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 7, 2012
4:04 PM

Post #8958439

Drymonia chiribogana blooming again.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #8958503

Great job, Jamie! I love 'Darth Vader' and it's not exactly often that you see a D. chiribogana in bloom! :)
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 7, 2012
7:21 PM

Post #8958689

I spent the afternoon potting up stolons of the few Epicia plants I have. Now maybe I'll see some flowers. Jamie, that drimonia is awesome. I love the leaves. And the tiny flower is so cute.
Tommy, your noid is very pretty. Very delicate looking.
And Olaf, of course your plant blooms are AWESOME, as they always are. I keep adding, adding adding to my ever-growing list.
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 8, 2012
7:08 AM

Post #8959022

Morning folks. Awesome pictures as usual.

Hi Earle,I make my bottle waterers almost the same as the link Connie posted but I leave the cap on and just cut a slit in it..I use perlite in mine.Ginger ale bottles work best for me,the green bottle stops the alge from forming.

Good going Olaf,didn't take you long to make a self waterer.Forgot to tell you I love your light bulb.Isn't you tube great.Look up how to recycle plastic bottle as see what you come up with.Amazing ideas.I want to make one of these but theres no dircections.Wish I could buy one.
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UnbEnntcB8&feature=related

or this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=4AdUit_qj_Y&feature=endscreen

Hi meleine,those waterers are great too.I use them also.We can thank Tish for coming up with the copy cat oyama pot! Give those a try to folks,you will be surprised how good they work!

Tommy your niod is a beauty!


Eileen,your plants are very pretty!


jamiew,your plants look great!

Hi sistas Connie and Lynn ^_^

If I missed anyone,sorry.I need to get here more often ^_^
Have a great day,Jan




imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 8, 2012
7:51 AM

Post #8959053

Jan, a bunch of links came up along the side of your utube post. I'm sure you can make one of these. LOL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5E9-bWncY8&feature=endscreen&NR=1

Do you have instructions on how to make the waterer's that Melanie uses? Could use some new ideas.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2012
8:13 AM

Post #8959076

Y'all make me get into arts and crafts. Being a naturally clumsy, I think I need to stock up on bandages and such... LOL

Okay, here's Sinningia bullata getting ready to pop:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #8959080

More Sinningia bullata:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2012
8:22 AM

Post #8959090

And last but not least, cuttings for Spring trading... :)

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

January 8, 2012
2:04 PM

Post #8959484

Some of ou talented people might enjoy this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFjbzN-pxc4
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #8959702

The first flower on Sinningia bullata finally opened:

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 9, 2012
9:06 AM

Post #8960484

Hello, I am back -Happy New Year to all.The bulb project is cool in what was a hot bulb...
would love a couple of siningias if any one wants to share come spring. Thanks Helene

This Av and Gessie growing can be so sad sometimes. My whole collection of espys died from near frost conditions outside. They did beautifully outside for the past 2 years, but it got just a bit too cold this past week.sad

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 9, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #8960560

Hey Helene!

Good to see you back on DG! :)

Sorry to hear about your plants... :( I'd be glad to share some Sinningias with you come Spring.

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

January 9, 2012
10:58 AM

Post #8960678

I may have some extra Episcia by spring.First I need to get them through winter LOL.

Lynn

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 9, 2012
11:29 AM

Post #8960708

So I had this meltdown after losing DH and part of it was neglect of Violets and outdoor plants. Can't do all the watering etc. anymore.

This Sing. just faltered and came back faltered and w/ watering came back. So now I am hooked on them. How can one not love something that just wants to live...

Thank you for the offers. Just want a couple as I am moving w/DD come May. Therefore I also have to forgo the RR that I have been reading about.

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helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 9, 2012
11:31 AM

Post #8960710

This was given to me by mrsbonnie and is just so handsome
again not the best of plants because of irregular fertilizing/watering.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 9, 2012
7:33 PM

Post #8961364

That's a gorgeous plant Helene. It is good to hear from you again. Where are you moving to in May? You should have room for some mini sinningias anywhere and they are just fantastic.

Back to the game. RoooooooOOOOOLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!!!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 10, 2012
8:39 AM

Post #8961799

I agree with Jamie.

Mini Sinningias don't require a lot of space and they actually tolerate quite a bit of complete neglect.

All they need is essentially the same care as for Violets with maybe a little bit more light.

Most of them are real easy growers and good bloomers.

Olaf

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 10, 2012
3:40 PM

Post #8962429

Well if it isn't January already. Holidays are over and I'm back to regular work schedule. Glad the madness is over. I am happy to say that one of the 4 mini Sinningias that I got is blooming. I will take some pictures tomorrow as well as some other African violets that looks beautiful !!!!

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
12:15 PM

Post #8963562

Well here are some more plants blooming. First let me revisit AV Optimara's Harlequin. It looks soo beautiful right now in full bloom

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Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #8963565

This is AV Rebel's Crested Robin

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 11, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #8963566

Oh my. That O. Harlequin is a beauty. I'll have to add that one to my list.

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Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #8963567

Full plant shot

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Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
12:17 PM

Post #8963569

This lovely one is AV Kermit

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Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
12:17 PM

Post #8963570

And a full plant shot

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Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
12:18 PM

Post #8963571

My first chimera bloom. AV Dale's Dream

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Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
12:19 PM

Post #8963572

Full shot of AV Dale's Dream

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Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
12:20 PM

Post #8963574

And here is AV Rob's Sasparilla

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Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
12:20 PM

Post #8963575

It is almost in full bloom. It looks like a bridal bouquet in miniature

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 11, 2012
12:21 PM

Post #8963577

I also like Rebel's Crested Robin and Kermit. They are both added to my list too!!!

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
12:21 PM

Post #8963578

And finally my first Sinningia blooming. It is Maiden's Blush

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
12:23 PM

Post #8963580

And just because people tell me that I can't grow these here. These are 5 of my 7 cyclamens. The other two are on the AV rack.

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 11, 2012
1:04 PM

Post #8963636

Roly, your cyclamen are beautiful. I had two, but lost them to cyclemen mites. After that I was afraid to try them again because of the miltes.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 11, 2012
1:10 PM

Post #8963652

Rolando,
Your plants are just gorgeous! What beautiful Cyclamens!
Lynn
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 11, 2012
4:45 PM

Post #8963910

Gorgeous!!! I love the white sinningia and the cyclamens. What do you do to grow those and prevent/treat for mites?
Jamie

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
7:02 PM

Post #8964147

Thank you all for your comments. I will try to root some leaves. Keep your fingers crossed and hopefully have some plantlets to share. The cyclamens are all kept on their own plate of water. Right now I don't have any problems with mites and I'll keep my fingers crossed that I won't have to deal with them. In any case what would you treat both cyclamens and african violets for mines and mealy bugs??? Given the case that I grow them inside my room.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 11, 2012
7:15 PM

Post #8964157

Wow, Rolando! Those Violets are gorgeous!

Although I don't like Cyclamen, your plants are wonderfully grown! What do you do to keep them cool enough to be looking like that in Southern Florida of all places?

Of course, my favorite is the Sinningia. What a cute, little thing! :)
Sallysblooms
South, TX

January 11, 2012
7:58 PM

Post #8964239

I love Cyclamen. We can grow them in Texas in the winter. They look great outside planted in groups.

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 11, 2012
8:05 PM

Post #8964249

I learned that if I keep my room at 72 degrees and the cyclamens under lights they grow and bloom throughout the entire year. The violets do not mind at all since they are closer to the windows and it stays warmer. As you can see they are growing beautifully.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 11, 2012
8:06 PM

Post #8964250

beautiful, just beautiful plants.
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2012
1:31 PM

Post #8965075

What a great way to start the new year with amazing flowers, it means the rest of the year will be filled with blooms, joy and thrills. Awesome job everyone! Lovely cyclamens, I think I'm falling in love with them and started to look for the seeds already, they are said to be pretty easy, we'll see. I'm getting some buds coming so hopefully my camera will be busy soon, hehe

Thanks for the pictures, keep them going!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 12, 2012
2:40 PM

Post #8965155

I use granular Bonide in the soil to help prevent mites and mealies. I think I want to grow cyclamens from seed now too. That's a great way to avoid the mites.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 12, 2012
2:45 PM

Post #8965160

And there are some cool Cyclamen species out there as well... Just saying... LOL

Anyhow, back to the subject. Here's a mixed box of Gesneriads (Well, and one Cissus...)

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 12, 2012
4:39 PM

Post #8965288

I think your house is in full bloom, Rolando! You have some real beauties there. Speaking of cyclamen...I was visiting a lady this summer and she had a cyclamen sitting in her window. The blooms were spent but she still had nice foliage. I complimented her on the plant, calling it a cyclamen. She said that it wasn't a cyclamen, it was as African Violet. The *&%&*^% local florist told her that it was and A.V. and I couldn't tell her any different. That is so sad. This florist has also misinformed others on different plants she had sold. Ya think she would at least know what plants she sells HA!!

Connie
Sallysblooms
South, TX

January 13, 2012
6:09 PM

Post #8966699

guess that lady should Google both plants, ha
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

January 13, 2012
6:50 PM

Post #8966735

Bought another Cyclamen 2 weeks ago, lets see if I can keep THIS one alive. Mine usualy die when they go dormant and never come back. I think I'll keep trying to avoid dormancy this time. I' kill those like I kill Phal. orchids.

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 13, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #8966761

Again thank you all for your kind comments. I am a very happy gardener. Tommy the secret for me has been lots of light and always keep it watered. I water from the bottom just like I do with the african violets. Also I keep the temperature constant at 72 during the day going down to 67 at night. Mines haven't gone dormant and the oldest I've had for 9 months now and it send flushes of blooms followed by new leaves followed by more blooms.
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

January 14, 2012
6:24 AM

Post #8967117

Thanks I'll try that this time!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 14, 2012
7:29 AM

Post #8967173

Again: I don't like Cyclamen but my mother had "The Secret Recipe" and kept hers going for years and years, with or without dormancy.

The key is, as Rolando said, to keep the temperatures quite low. They are extremely sensitive to heat and will start yellowing and go dormant or die if it gets too hot.

My mother always put them in the coolest window in the house and kept moving them around as the seasons changed, always trying to keep them as cool as possible.

In Summer, she moved them outdoors to a cool, moist, sheltered spot and brought them back inside in Fall.

Keeping the soil moist will also help the roots to stay cool.

Looking over the memories that I just wrote down, that actually sounds pretty much like the growing conditions that quite a few of the Strep-species require...

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 14, 2012
10:34 AM

Post #8967365

Here's another seedling of Sinningia 'Country Bumpkin' x 'HCY's Fairy Weather'. I really like this one so far but the colors aren't completely finished developing in this first flower and the other seedlings have proven to be anything but stable...

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 14, 2012
11:09 AM

Post #8967389

Oh my, if she keeps that color combination for you she'll be a very special and unique beauty, yellow tones are so unusual. Awesome!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 14, 2012
12:40 PM

Post #8967479

Thanks Maria!

It's actually more green than yellow but there's still hope since the flower isn't quite done with its coloration, yet...

Now, let's keep our fingers crossed that the subsequent flowers will be like that or better... :)

Olaf
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2012
1:35 PM

Post #8967602

I like it too. Yep, keeping my fingers crossed for ya :) I have been repotting and setting some leaves of some A.V.s. I am amazed at the size of my Kei Yoki blooms with such a small plant. The bloom stalks won't hold them up and the plant is covered with blooms.

Connie

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2012
1:36 PM

Post #8967603

Here is a pic of my Anthoflores Barnabe just starting to bloom :)

Connie

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

January 14, 2012
2:33 PM

Post #8967671

Beautiful Sis!

Olaf,yellow or green is still very striking.

Lynn
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 14, 2012
3:55 PM

Post #8967767

Olaf, whatever the colors, it is still very pretty. My fingers are crossed for you. Hope it goes the way you want.
Connie. those two violets are gorgeous. I especially like Kei Yok with its ruffled edges. Anthoflores Barnabe is dainty looking.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 14, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #8967777

Thanks everyone! :)

Connie, I love both your Violets but that second one, 'Anthoflores Barnabe' is STUNNING! Wow!

Does anybody know a mini or maybe a smaller semi with similar flowers? I'm totally illiterate when it comes to AV-cultivar-names... .

Olaf
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 14, 2012
4:24 PM

Post #8967806

Olaf, that is the prettiest mini Sinningia that I have ever seen. You have a real winner there. I so hope it will be stable, my fingers are crossed.
Connie, those are stunner blooms!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 14, 2012
5:04 PM

Post #8967844

Here is a group of spares that I planted together about a year ago. It's putting on a lovely show for me now. I'm sorry my camera looks so foggy.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 14, 2012
5:06 PM

Post #8967847

Side view. I had put them into an old chip n' dip tray.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 14, 2012
5:20 PM

Post #8967869

Foggy or not, that quite a display there, Jamie! Beautiful!!! :)

Any strikes, yet?

Olaf
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 14, 2012
7:37 PM

Post #8968044

Jamie, they are so cute. What are the ones with the variegated leaves? I love them.

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 15, 2012
5:57 AM

Post #8968343

Lovely flowers!!! I love waking up to new pictures of beautiful blooms. As always Olaf that Sinningia is amazing love the color contrast and the spots and stripes is like it's calling my name. I also really like both of the AVs. I will be adding them to my have to get list...LOL. I need to revisit that list and see what I already got from there.
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 15, 2012
6:32 AM

Post #8968374

Good Sunday morning friends.Great pictures!

Jamie, I love your mixed bowl of plants,which chirita is on the front right? Very pretty leaves.

Roly,your AV are very pretty,

sister connie,Love your Kei Yoki.I'm a sucker for ruffles

Olaf,look at your mixed box of gessie,what the plant in the middle with the green leaves/white veins? Your sinningia cross is pretty too!


For the episcia lovers,I was window shopping on ebay this morning and nocticed a awesome sale on episcia cutting/stolens with great shipping price.Check it out ^_^
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
7:06 AM

Post #8968410

Thanks, Jan!

Are you talking about the plant in the middle of the top row? That's Pearcea hypocyrtiflora. Needs a terrarium and also needs to be restarted every once in a while because the old leaves aren't particularly attractive and the plants can get quite leggy. Other than that, it's an easy and fast grower.

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #8968490

Alsobia 'Cygnet'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #8968492

xCodonatanthus 'Vista'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
8:48 AM

Post #8968493

xCodonatanthus 'Vista' - leaf backsides.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
8:49 AM

Post #8968497

Okay, here's the final result of the first flower on Sinningia 'Country Bumpkin' x 'HCY's Fairy Weather'.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
8:50 AM

Post #8968498

And one O/T because it's blooming and it's a classic and it's pretty and it's tough as nails... LOL Billbergia nutans aka. "Queen's Tears":

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
8:50 AM

Post #8968499

And the picture...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #8968500

And one more with a Tradescantia as a backdrop

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 15, 2012
9:52 AM

Post #8968570

My Bibergia just finished its bloom too. It is gorgeous. Does it die back now and produce babies? I think I remember it that way. My 'Vista' is blooming now, is yours? and cygnet is going through its winter die back.
Thanks Jan. That's 'nimbus' in the front.
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 15, 2012
9:59 AM

Post #8968576

Great pictures everyone. Olaf, that Queens Tears is AWESOME. I had one a few years back, but never saw it bloom. It was outside all year long along screen enclosure. It just disappeared. My hubby may have thought it was just grass or a weed and pulled it out. He says no, but sometimes the leaves on plants look like the type of grass that grows here, if it's not mowed. LOL
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #8968606

Thanks everyone!

Jamie: Billbergias, just like a lot of other Bromeliads produce one flower spike per rosette, and start dying back while making pups after they're done. Once the old rosettes are dry, just remove them. I have been so busy pinching the xCodonatanthus that I'm not exactly surprised that it hasn't bloomed for me yet. I am actually quite surprised that both my Alsobias are still looking as good as they do. Poor things! They always look so pitiful through Winter...

Eileen: Queen's Tears are tough as nails and can cope with (almost) everything you throw at them. However, being pulled out or mowed over isn't on that list... LOL

They have a tendency to bloom in mid winter but you can force the rosettes just like you would force a lot of other Bromeliads: by enclosing them in a plastic bag together with a ripe apple for a couple of weeks. That usually helps even the stubborn ones to send up a bloom spike. :)
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 15, 2012
2:47 PM

Post #8968949

Columnea 'Alladin's Lamp' putting out a bloom this winter.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #8968965

Cool, Jamie!

At least one piece of it survived... LOL
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 15, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #8968966

That's a pretty one Jamie!

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
6:59 PM

Post #8969242

Kohleria 'Peppermint'. I am in love with this Kohleria... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
6:59 PM

Post #8969243

Kohleria 'Peridots Kitlope' x 'Pink Shadows'. Second growth cycle. Already making buds at 2-3 inches tall...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
7:39 PM

Post #8969291

Codonanthe carnosa. Took many months to get started but now, this plant is hardly ever without flowers...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
9:19 PM

Post #8969367

Saintpaulia 'Honeysuckle Rose'

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2012
6:35 AM

Post #8969659

Olaf, love that 'Peppermint' very cute and your violet 'Honeysuckle Rose' is AWESOME. The petals look irridecent. have to add it to my list. It is such a beauty!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
8:17 AM

Post #8969830

Thanks Eileen!

I think that the iridescence is a trick that the camera played on me... Anyhow, the flower is definitely one of the "glitter"-type. 'Honeysuckle Rose' is a standard trailer and a very vigorous one for that matter... :)

I should definitely have enough leaves to include in the RR!

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
10:41 AM

Post #8969975

Sinningia pusilla, muscicola and concinna. The three original micro miniature Sinningia species side by side. Primarily pusilla and concinna are the ancestors of all the other micro and miniature hybrids and cultivars. Sinningia muscicola has only been discovered a few years ago but seems to begin taking hold as a parent for hybridizing micros ('Lil Georgie') and miniatures ('Yma').

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #8969981

Box-o-micro mini Sinningias:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
10:45 AM

Post #8969983

Sinningia cardinalis. The second tuber has decided to make buds. Plenty of them... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
11:08 AM

Post #8970001

Saintpaulia 'Lucky Lady Bug'. She had a rough start but now she's doing fine and even has some buds coming up. Thanks so much for this little cutie, Lynn! :)

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

January 16, 2012
1:45 PM

Post #8970190

You are welcome.Why did she have a rough start? Was it my packing?Love your pictures BTW.

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
2:06 PM

Post #8970236

Thanks, Lynn!

The rough start was entirely my fault. A mixture of high temps and a little bit of neglect on my part made her grow a real tight crown which I decided to simply pinch out and start over. Now she's happy and that's the result. :)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2012
3:30 PM

Post #8970378

I'm glad you were able to save it.I seem to run into tight crowns sometimes too.

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #8970396

I get the tight crown issue in the smaller ones when I don't wick them and I let them dry out one too many times particularly in Summer... Bad parent! LOL

Olaf
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2012
4:24 PM

Post #8970447

Olaf, I never get tired of seeing your pictures. Those tiny sinningia are so adorable.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #8970489

Thanks, Eileen! :)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 16, 2012
5:33 PM

Post #8970540

I seem to get the tight crown issue off and on all year.I think it's partly my erratic watering and partly water ph.It even happens to those on wicks.
Lynn
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 16, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #8970543

Olaf, do the micro-minni sinningias form tubers too?
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #8970551

They sure do, Jamie! :)

Here's two one year old Sinningia pusilla tubers, for example, with a quarter for scale:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
5:47 PM

Post #8970556

Kohleria 'HCY's Jardin De Monet'. This shoot was finished at forty two inches tall... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
5:48 PM

Post #8970557

And a closeup with the tape measure...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 17, 2012
7:35 AM

Post #8971161

Episcia 'Silver Pink'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 17, 2012
7:36 AM

Post #8971163

Episcia 'Silver Sheen'. Still looking decent in this rather mild Chicago Winter... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 17, 2012
7:37 AM

Post #8971165

Alsobia dianthiflora. Semi dormant and ratty looking. One year old plants, grown from seed from the seed fund.

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luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2012
10:05 AM

Post #8971382

Blue Blazes is a georgeous AV. I aee it is growing in a Starbucks coffee cup. One of my favorite kinds of pot. Luciee {;^)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 17, 2012
1:26 PM

Post #8971595

'Blue Blazes' certainly is cute! Thanks for the pointer. :)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
8:01 AM

Post #8972688

Kohleria 'Strawberry Fields'. Small plant - plenty of rhizomes. This one makes rhizomes in ABUNDANCE! This is the second harvest on this very shoot. The first harvest took place in Summer before the plant even bloomed...

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 18, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #8973322

I hope there will be Kohleria rhizomes in the RR. I would like to try them. I understand that they grow tall. True? Or can they be grown in small pot to keep them tiny?
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
4:41 PM

Post #8973374

Kohleria rhizomes are possible but not likely in the RR. They don't store well for me and I usually wind up just potting them up. There will, however, be starts and/or cuttings.

Kohlerias get as tall as they want to get even when underpotted. However, they are impossible to keep hydrated in small pots. They love large pots, a relatively heavy, always moist mix and as much light as they can get.

Here's what the bulk of my Kohlerias looked like after the "Great Kohleria Massacre Of 2012"...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
5:04 PM

Post #8973410

Eucodonia verticillata GONE CRAZY... LOL

First things first: Thanks, Lynn, for this great, little plant! I got two pots of nice rhizomes out of the deal... :)

Here's what happened:

When I received this plant last Summer, it was already towards the end of the regular season for Eucodonias and eager to not lose the plant, it went straight into the propagator and promptly got forgotten for months...

Today, I was in a clean-up-my-plant-room kind of mood and this particular propagator also was on the to-do list.

Turns out, the plant had spread through half the propagator and started sending out distress-signals in form of those white, stringy rhizomes that a lot of rhizomatous Gesneriads make to a different extent, when stressed.

Funny enough, the plant made, like pearls on a string, fat, little rhizomes along the stringy ones, which were enough to fill a large, square pot. I also kept the original roots, gave them fresh mix and stuck them straight back into the propagator... :)

Gesneriads are always good for a surprise, aren't they?

Olaf

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
5:17 PM

Post #8973422

I finally got through grooming, repotting and restarting everybody that needed it, which was pretty much everybody... LOL

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
5:18 PM

Post #8973424

And some more...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
6:15 PM

Post #8973488

Saintpaulia 'Cirelda'. Waiting for flowers... :)

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 18, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #8973493

What a happy place you've created Olaf, look at all the dwellers! no doubt why those rhizomes are so nice and fat, hehe. Another reason why I enjoy your posts is It's always something new for me to learn. So here my 2 questions: what kind of propagator do you use (1) and is it safe to remove the rhizomes and repot a kohleria without any of them (2)? My Longwood had a few but I was afraid to remove them and harm the plant. I suspect it may sound silly but it was my very first repotting a kohleria ever! The second pot is due very soon so an expert advise will be very helpful
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 18, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #8973537

Thanks, Maria!

As for your questions: Any large (tall) enough container with a clear lid will do as a propagator. I use anything from plastic storage boxes to fish tanks to plastic produce and carry out containers. If the container itself is clear, that's even better but generally, literally anything will do.

Okay, for the second question: you can remove any and every rhizome on a Kohleria when repotting. I do that all the time. It won't hurt the plant one bit. Rhizomes are means of both propagation and getting through dormancy. So, removing the rhizomes and potting them up kills both those birds with one rock.

What the plant will do is simple: keep on growing/blooming and make even more rhizomes. :)

Kohlerias are generally VERY tough plants and some are considered noxious weeds in some parts of the world.

The way, I have learned to look at Kohlerias, Achimenes and other rhizomatous Gesneriads (or even Sinningias, which are, of course tuberous) with a (possible) dormancy is this: treat them like you would a tender perennial like a Dahlia or a Gladiola in the garden. It's essentially the same thing when you think about it... ;)

Olaf
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 19, 2012
5:10 AM

Post #8973811

Thanks Olaf. Interesting thing about my few sinns (pusilla, Freckles, Snow Bird) -- actually they're full of leaves most of the time and never dormant, maybe because they're young plants, less than 2 years old?

And just one more question: is it better to plant 1 K. rhizome per pot or do they like company?
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 19, 2012
5:40 AM

Post #8973843

You are most welcome!

Well, the micro and mini Sinningias don't really go dormant. By the time, the old shoot is finished, there's usually new shoots already coming up.

If a micro decides to go dormant, this dormancy usually doesn't last longer than a few weeks. With minis, it's essentially the same, only that their dormancy (if any) can last a little bit longer.

Dormant micro-tubers, you can just leave where they are and continue with your regular routine. They'll be back in no time.

With minis, take the tuber out of the pot and put it into a plastic bag with a little bit of Vermiculite and one or two squirts of water out of a spray bottle.

Store in a box and check regularly for new shoots. As soon as they come up, pot up the tuber and start watering carefully.

I grow most of my Sinningias (including the minis) with their tubers exposed. Grown this way, you can even leave the tuber in the pot and just cut back on watering until you see new shoots.

Many of the larger species won't go dormant until they have bloomed the first time. However, Sinningia seedlings have a tendency to look completely different and not very attractive for the first few growth cycles. Once the tuber is mature enough, the habit of the plant changes and looks like the ones in the pictures. A classic example for this are Sinningia leucotricha or Sinningia cardinalis. This type of Sinningia goes dormant every year. On the other hand, the micro mini species only go dormant if necessary.

Now, the minis are combinations of the larger species (S. eumorpha and conspicua are often involved, 'Freckles' is S. hirsuta x S. concinna) and the micros (S. pusilla, concinna and muscicola) and they inherit a set of characteristics from their parents, one of which is dormancy. This explains, why the minis are somewhere intermediary between the (almost) "everblooming" micros and the much more seasonal standards.

Before it's over, I'll have everybody convinced that the world needs more Sinningias!!! LOL

Olaf
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 19, 2012
7:23 AM

Post #8973962

Olaf, you've already convinced me. I want everyone I see posted. I have one plant stand that has three shelves with lights. My saintpaulia and sinningia make there home on it. I'll have to take some pictures and post them here. I just got a 30" bakers rack at a garage sale, and have one shelf, so far, with a light fixture. I have Epicia on that one.
Three years ago I had so many violet babies that I ran out of room. I had them sitting in aluminum trays in the bathtub. Sadly, I lost almost my entire collection between the last two winters. I'm starting again and this time I've added sinningia and epicia. The sinningia are mostly from you, Olaf. They are doing well. Can't wait for the RR to start.
Here's the violets in the bathtub. It's a good thing we shower instead.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 19, 2012
8:28 AM

Post #8974031

That's a great and creative use of available space, Eileen! :)

Everybody looks very happy in there and I love this kind of improvisation.

Olaf
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 19, 2012
5:55 PM

Post #8974828

I'm really enjoying reading about ya'lls growing methods and plants. That's a good use of space in the tub. I may have to do that myself.
I bought this Chirita/Primulina today at our local nursery. This is a plantlet growing out of the flower petiole. I've never seen this on a Chirita before.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 19, 2012
5:57 PM

Post #8974831

Here's the plant that came labeled 'Chirita hybrid'. The flowers are yellow and come three to a petiole.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 19, 2012
6:05 PM

Post #8974843

Hey Jamie!

The adventitious plantlet is cool! :)

I have seen a picture with this before but I don't know where. Darn it! That memory of mine isn't what it used to be...

The Primulina/Chirita could be 'Aiko'. There is one or two large nurseries in the US who produce large quantities and distribute them to the big box stores and local nurseries.

Olaf
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 19, 2012
6:46 PM

Post #8974872

Thanks for the info!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 19, 2012
6:47 PM

Post #8974873

You're welcome! :)
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 20, 2012
8:11 AM

Post #8975321

Now I'll have to go to Lowes and check out their plants. My HD is terrible for plants. They mainly have philodendrum and orchids and nothing else for inside the house. They should be getting some new plants at Lowes. Around the holidays they don't have too much. I only have one chirita that is from a leaf I got in a RR at GW. I didn't think it would send up a baby, but it did. I don't know which one it is. When it blooms, I'll have to post a picture for an ID.
Now I have to go and take pictures of my plant shelf with some blooming gessies.
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 20, 2012
1:02 PM

Post #8975618

I want to see your pics too.
Here's a Primulina 'Louisa' with a pretty pale pink bloom.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 20, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #8975625

This is Sinningia 'Flair' on the left and 'Country Tiger' X self on the right. Gifts from Olaf.
Jamie

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2012
1:07 PM

Post #8975626

I agree with Jamie! Show us some pictures, Eileen! :)

That pink Chirita/Primulina makes me want to fall in love with the genus... Maybe this time... LOL
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 20, 2012
1:08 PM

Post #8975629

Here's a better image of the container & with more plants blooming.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2012
1:09 PM

Post #8975631

Cool, Jamie! :)

My 'Flair' is just waking up from a bit of a dormancy after blooming literally all year and 'Country Tiger' x self is about to pop the first few buds after dormancy...

I'm always glad to see the "babies" all grown up! LOL

Olaf
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 20, 2012
1:10 PM

Post #8975633

It would only be pay back to get you hooked on Primulinas after how you got me started with Sinningias! I'd be happy to send you a starter box this Spring.
Jamie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2012
1:15 PM

Post #8975639

Turnabout is fair play, huh? LOL

Well, I guess that it was more a lack of time and growing room that caused quite a few disappointing results...

I'll pick you up by your offer in Spring! ;)

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2012
1:29 PM

Post #8975648

Sinningia 'Heartland's WOW!'. Almost... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2012
1:29 PM

Post #8975649

(Mini) Sinningias getting started...

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 20, 2012
2:15 PM

Post #8975685

OK, I promised some pictures. Here's my plant shelf with violets on the top shelf with sinn. guttata in the middle. The middle shelf has mostly violets and bottom shelf has babies on left and right with sinningia in the middle back and sinn. seedlings of mico-mini Bright Eyes x self.

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 20, 2012
2:18 PM

Post #8975690

a better picture of collection of sinningia in salad bowl in back and micro mini sinninga 'Bright Eyes seedlings in front.

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 20, 2012
2:19 PM

Post #8975694

My very first Saintpaulia chimera King David

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 20, 2012
2:21 PM

Post #8975697

Here's Saintpaulia Rob's Whatever. Every flower is different. This is the first time it has bloomed.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2012
2:32 PM

Post #8975715

Very, very nice!

Good job, Eileen!!! :)

Olaf
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 20, 2012
4:00 PM

Post #8975807

Eileen,
Beautiful! And clean. I like the organization too. Is that Sinningia 'Bright Eyes' on the front left?
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #8975995

Sinningia 'Ozark Rosy Cheeks'. Another almost... LOL

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2012
7:31 PM

Post #8975996

Sinningia tubiflora. New shoots on this approximately 8 months old tuber.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 20, 2012
7:45 PM

Post #8976008

Kohleria 'Peppermint'. One more shot of this cute, little plant. :)

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 21, 2012
11:46 AM

Post #8976632

jamiew, sinningia Bright Eyes is in the middle brown terrarium. The sinningia on the left is Chippewa Merry Martha. The violet on the right is Ballet Snowcone. Sorry, I should have put text on the pictures, but I'm still learnig to use PaintShop.
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 21, 2012
11:48 AM

Post #8976634

That Kohleria 'Peppermint' is adorable. Love the freckles in her face. LOL
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 21, 2012
5:48 PM

Post #8977036

Love the pictuces everyone,thanks for sharing them with us!

Jamie,What's the name of the nursery you go to? I've never seen any nurseries when I go to Montgomery.Someplace beside lowes and walmart would be nice to stop at.

Jan
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 21, 2012
6:27 PM

Post #8977082

Southern Homes and Gardens on Vaughn Road. It has a huge greenhouse and sometimes sells standard gesneriads like Aeschyananthus, Columnea, Episcia, Streptocarpus, and Sinningia. Very rarely do they offer any african violets. They do have a good selection of other houseplants and tropicals though.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 21, 2012
8:43 PM

Post #8977184

'Ballet Snowcone' is gorgeous! Wow! And I'm not even into white flowers...

As for the mini Sinningia: All the 'Chippewa' minis are subtle beauties by Marcia Belisle (if my memory doesn't fail me) and 'Chippewa Merry Martha' certainly is no exception.

The only Gessies that I have seen in the nurseries in Chicago are: tons of unnamed /unnumbered Optimara Violets, the occasional Strep, one Nematanthus, and one Streptocarpella 'Concord Blue'...

If it wasn't for Gary Mikita (Gary's Out Of Africa) and the annual show and sale (March 17th and 18th - just saying...), Chicago would be Gessie wasteland... LOL
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 22, 2012
7:59 AM

Post #8977508

Olaf, I have a question for you. My sinningia guttata is very tall. It's blooming like crazy and the flowers are starting to hit the light fixture. I can't raise the lights because of the other gessies. Can I cut the top of the gutatta and will it root? Also will the bottom part send off a branch if I lop off it's top? I'm in a quandry over this and don't want to lose this cute sinningia. I love the flowers it send out.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2012
8:15 AM

Post #8977520

Hey Eileen!

I accidentally snapped the tip of one of my S. guttata a while ago and the plant didn't mind. There is a chance, however, that the shoot will look a little awkward afterwards because branches normally emerge from the upper leaf axils. Also, the remaining shoot will stop blooming because flowers only appear in the axils of the youngest leaves.

There is no guarantee that the tip will root but it usually does. S. guttata has a tendency to get leggy after a while and tip cuttings are one of the means to keep them going and looking good.

Olaf
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 22, 2012
9:06 AM

Post #8977571

Thanks Olaf. I'm going to try this today. I sure hope it roots for me. I'm going to take a few pictures before I do so I have memories of these cute little blossoms.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2012
9:21 AM

Post #8977589

You're welcome!

I'm sure that it'll work! :)
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

January 22, 2012
4:21 PM

Post #8978104

Eileen,sinn guttata likes growing in natural light also,maybe you could put the plant in a window and enjoy the beautiful blooms before you hack it off!

Thanks for the info Jamie.I see a trip to Montgomery in the near future ^_^
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2012
6:13 PM

Post #8978232

Sinningia 'Heartland's WOW!'. Tomorrow... LOL

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2012
6:15 PM

Post #8978236

Sinningia 'Ozark Rosy Cheeks'. And another one...

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 23, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #8978701

@jamiew---if I put my plants in the windows I'll end up forgetting about them. The only two good windows face north but the sills are less than 1 foot off the floor. My bedroom windows - one faces west and the other south. Down here the sun is too strong. My only place is on the plant shelf.
I haven't lopped off it's top yet. I took two leaves to try to root. I would hate for it to stop blooming. I'm going to wait a bit. Does sin. guttata form tubers? I know some sinns don't.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2012
7:19 AM

Post #8978783

Okay, my two cents on S. guttata:

The plant makes tubers. I don't know if leaves will work and make viable tubers. However, cuttings definitely work and are a quicker way and a much safer bet than leaves.

Again: S. guttata has a tendency to get leggy and lanky over time and that would promt you to start over with a tip anyway. It's just like with Kohlerias or Episcias. Although you'll lose some buds and the tip may make a few leaf pairs without buds, the plant will resume blooming soon after restarting.

Oh, and you can also put the plant on a wick if you want to avoid chopping it down and if you are, like me, a forgetful waterer...

Olaf
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 23, 2012
7:56 AM

Post #8978836

Eileen, I think that's Jan (Jannich) you were talking to about S. guttata. I read on another forum that Sinningia leaf cuttings sometimes produce plants with sterile tubers, but not always. I ordered some seeds of this from Mauro. It's so pretty with the dots.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2012
8:00 AM

Post #8978842

And S. guttata is super easy to grow from seed. :)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2012
8:41 AM

Post #8978913

And here's a picture of a tuber:

http://www.burwur.net/sinns/6gutt.htm

This Sinningia only goes dormant if it has to, btw.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2012
9:46 AM

Post #8979059

Sinningia 'Heartland's WOW!'. Drum roll, please... LOL

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 23, 2012
11:52 AM

Post #8979192

Oh my!!! It that a double flower? It's beautiful.

I'm doing surgery tomorrow on my sinningia guttata. I'll just have to wait for more blooms.
Olaf, thanks for that link. I've bookmarked it. Lots of good info there.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2012
2:31 PM

Post #8979486

Thanks, Eileen!

Yes, it's a calyx double. Here's the flower fully open:

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2012
2:37 PM

Post #8979494

Sinningia 'Ozark Rosy Cheeks'. Always a favorite. :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 23, 2012
5:55 PM

Post #8979835

Sinningia 'Texas Zebra'. I love the muted colors on this one.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 24, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #8980927

Alsobia 'Cygnet'. First flower of the season on this plant... :)

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Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 24, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #8981077

I think that I am going to need another 4 tier shelf. I want sooo many more plants. It's not even funny. Olaf I absolutely love your plants. Eileen yours are very pretty as well. I've got to snap some new pictures of what's in bloom now. I've got 2 of my chimeras blooming and then some NOIDs that I got from a friend blooming beautifully as well.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 24, 2012
7:36 PM

Post #8981297

Thanks, Rolando! :)

This is Seemannia sylvatica (or a hybrid). The buds really are dayglo orange. Originally acquired as xGloximannia 'Medea' but I seriously doubt that...

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 25, 2012
6:32 AM

Post #8981593

That seemania sure is 'dayglo'!!! Olaf, what camera do you use for your pictures. It takes such awesome pictures. Your closeups are awesome. They are very sharp and clear. I love it when I see the hairs on the leaves.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2012
7:16 AM

Post #8981637

Thanks, Eileen!

I actually use a Sony DSLR A-200 with the lens that was in the box. Other than that, I only use Picasa for basic post processing and a freeware tool (UFRaw) in tough cases.

Olaf

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #8982138

Earlier this month I shared with you guys the picture of my first bloom on my AV Dale's Dream chimera. Here is what the plant looks 2 weeks after.

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #8982144

Now here is my second chimera in bloom. This one I purchased from Rob's violets. It only has 2 open buds but lots of inflorescences coming up. It is AV Moonlight Magic chimera

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
2:58 PM

Post #8982146

And the entire plant which is a lovely variegated leaf.

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #8982150

And now this is lovely AV Ethel's Reflection. Love how the spots vary by flowers. It has 2 flowers and about 3 more inflorescence coming up.

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
3:01 PM

Post #8982151

And here is a close up of Ethel's Reflection

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #8982155

Oppss wrong picture. Here is the entire plant

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
3:05 PM

Post #8982157

Now this one was given to me by a friend. She couldn't keep the AVs any more so she gifted them to me. It has become my current favorite. Love the flowers and how many flowers bloom per inflorescence. It's name is AV. Harmony's Pinkstone

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
3:09 PM

Post #8982162

The whole plants picture shows how floriferous it is.

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #8982164

And then I've got this very cute salmon with pink edge flower that I find adorable. It's AV. Bunny Hop

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
3:14 PM

Post #8982168

This picture with flash captures the color better and if you look at the side bud opening you can see the pink edge.

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
3:20 PM

Post #8982177

And finally these 2 are NOIDs that my friend gave me and looked whimpy but boy have they perked up and bloomed beautifully. The pink ones have such tiny flowers. I put my pink next to it for comparison.

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
3:24 PM

Post #8982183

And here are the 2 plants. I think that she propagated them by leaf cuttings.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2012
3:24 PM

Post #8982184

Your Violets are gorgeous, Rolando! My goodness! :)

I just love the chimeras!

Olaf

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
3:25 PM

Post #8982185

And finally the blue one that she gave me without a name either.

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
3:25 PM

Post #8982186

Here are the two plants. Happy as can be.

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
3:27 PM

Post #8982188

The only downsize to the chimeras as far as I've been told is that they do not come true from leaf cuttings. It has to be by suckers or something like that. Correct me if I'm not right.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2012
3:35 PM

Post #8982199

Correct! That's the reason why they're so expensive. They only come true from crown cuttings, suckers or flower-stem-cuttings, as seen here:

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

The only Chimeras that are relatively easy to propagate true are trailers.
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 25, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #8982284

Roly, your violets are beautiful. I especially love the chimera,
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 25, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #8982324

I love all of those, especially Ethel's Reflection. You are obviously a very good grower!

My Yukako suckers a lot & I've had several 'babies' from it that have been gifted. I've a few other chimeras that don't sucker so well. I put down twenty something trailing chimera leaves a couple of yrs ago & grew them all to flower. From memory, about 6 or 7 bloomed chimera.
Jamie

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
5:41 PM

Post #8982334

Thank you all for your comments. To tell you the truth I still think that I've got a lot of learning to do. I only started growing violets last year and fell in love with the many leave, flower and color variations. I still can't propagate them but I will get the hang of them eventually...LOL. In the meantime I'll share the pics. Keep a list of which ones you like and once I start propagating them well I'll be sending you plants. I want to order some more plants for my upcoming birthday so I'll have to do a recap of what I have and what I lost last year and then I'll have a good inventory.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #8982338

Oh, what I meant was that trailers, by nature, sucker much more than other types of violets and therefore, trailing Chimeras produce enough of them to successfully propagate them true without the hassle that regular Chimeras make you go through if they refuse to sucker... LOL

I agree with you, Jamie! Rolando, you should seriously consider showing your Violets!

Olaf

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #8982350

[quote="bsimpson1972"]
I agree with you, Jamie! Rolando, you should seriously consider showing your Violets!

Olaf[/quote]

I would love to but I don't know where and if there is a society down here. I would love to be able to show my plants and get ribbons. I might not be so good at growing orchids but I can grow some gorgeous violets.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2012
6:09 PM

Post #8982378

http://www.gesneriadsociety.org/chapters/chapters.htm

Scroll down to Florida. There are a few chapters there.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #8982428

Sinningia muscicola. One little tuber, many crowns...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #8982429

Sinningia pusilla. Two one year old tubers in a 2 inch pot.

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Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 25, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #8982438

So adorable Olaf. That pusila is just precious and they seem to always send bloom after bloom. I can't wait for my other 3 to bloom and my other plants to ship come spring.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2012
7:31 PM

Post #8982452

Thanks, Rolando!

Yes, they are sending up flower after flower and keep making seed pod after seed pod. Also, like many other Sinningias, the tubers keep getting better cycle after cycle... :)

Olaf
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 26, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #8982921

Olaf, I love that sinningia pusilla. I have seeds from you germinating but pusilla and musicicola haven't germinated yet. Country Tiger F3 and Eumorpha 'Saltao' have germinated. There's more that 14 Country Tiger so far. And Saltao only two. I keep checking every day. LOL
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2012
9:15 AM

Post #8982924

Thanks, Eileen!

I actually haven't sown a single one of the 'Country Tiger' F3 but I'm glad to hear that they're germinating so well. :)

S. eumorpha "Saltao" usually germinates over a period of about two to three weeks once the first one gets started. That's normal. I have sown a test batch of this about three weeks ago and they're now just getting started.

I have had the micros take anywhere from 3-4 days to 3-4 weeks to germinate. They can be a little erratic in this regard... Don't give up! They'll get there soon! :)

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2012
4:21 PM

Post #8984644

Sinningia bullata. Ripening seed pod.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #8984646

Sinningia cardinalis. Ripening seed pods. The one on the left is a selfing, the fatter one on the right is S. cardinalis x S. eumorpha "Saltao".

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2012
4:29 PM

Post #8984652

Ripening seed pod on Sinningia 'Country Bumpkin' x 'HCY's Fairy Weather'. Th cross is: Sinningia ('Country Bumpkin' x 'HCY's Fairy Weather') x bullata.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 27, 2012
4:38 PM

Post #8984656

Sinningia cardinalis. Second tuber, first flower. :)

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 27, 2012
6:07 PM

Post #8984763

Those seed pods are irresistable, especially bullata's -- wow! you've got quite a show Olaf. I've been waiting for a Snowbird bud to open but it was just getting longer and longer, hehe:

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 27, 2012
6:11 PM

Post #8984770

Finally my first flower, so pure white. BTW I tried to find her parents but there wasn't much info on Snowbird. Any ideas?

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 27, 2012
6:15 PM

Post #8984774

Freckles is a great bloomer as usually:

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

January 27, 2012
6:21 PM

Post #8984784

Off-topic but the new January acquisition, love her rich color:

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 28, 2012
7:40 AM

Post #8985283

I love those seed pods. Look kinda alien. I love the color of Sinningia cardinalis. And carpathiangirl, your Snowbird is very pretty!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2012
8:21 AM

Post #8985326

'Snowbird' is beautiful! There aren't that many (almost) pure withe minis and this is definitely a keeper! :)

I love the seed pods on Sinningias. They all look a little alien, some of them even look like they have eyes... LOL

Here's a seed pod with "eyes" on Sinningia eumorpha "Saltao". The "eyes" are actually nectar glands. :)

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 28, 2012
9:16 AM

Post #8985376

That is pretty cool looking.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 28, 2012
9:37 AM

Post #8985387

Thanks, Jamie! :)

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 29, 2012
5:28 AM

Post #8986305

So I was going to wait until Spring for to order more plants but I couldn't. My birthday is in just a couple of weeks so I got myself a birthday gift from Rob's Violets. Now I might also need to get another 4 tier stand as the one I purchased I full already. They are all African violets as I did order Sinningias from another vendor. Here is the list. They are all Russian violets.

Amour Elite
Armageddon
Capricorn
Cosmos Legend 2
EK Cherry Blizzard
EK Scarab - New!
EK Sea Star - New!
LE Adagio - New!
LiK Nobleman - New!
Snow Edelweiss - New!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 29, 2012
7:05 AM

Post #8986400

Wow! You'll have a shelf full with these plants only...
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2012
7:57 AM

Post #8987886

Look! A baby! :)

Sinningia speciosa 'Wendy'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2012
8:05 AM

Post #8987903

Primulina/Chirita 'Deco'. This is the first peduncle that made it this far...

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

January 30, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #8988580

Wow Roly, Russians are incredibly beautiful & you have quite a collection! Olaf, is Deco tough to bloom? Mine hasn't put out any flower stalks yet and it's over 2 years old.
Jamie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #8988594

Jamie: I don't know whether 'Deco' is any harder to bloom than any other of the Primulinas. The bud blast was due to my rather poor watering regimen... LOL

Olaf

Roly0217

Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

January 31, 2012
1:29 PM

Post #8989656

Thank you Jamie. I can't wait for them to get here. They shipped today so I should be getting them tomorrow. Now from tomorrow to blooming it will be usually 2 weeks. Looking forward to the blooms !!!! And will share them here.
meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 3, 2012
4:33 AM

Post #8992974

Roly, I have a fairly large collection of Russians myself...maybe this spring we can trade a few leaves.

Melanie

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