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African Violets and Gesneriads: Paliavana plumeroides

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Montgomery, AL

January 15, 2012
10:43 AM

Post #8968624

Has anyone grown this guy and know what it likes? All I know is that it's a shrubby plant from Brazil. The first several seedlings I had all died after I removed them from terrarium conditions. These are my final three and I want them to live! What should I do?

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Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
2:58 PM

Post #8968971

This is one of the plants where nobody really seems to know what they like...

It's not very widely cultivated but it's a pretty cool looking plant.

The easiest way would be to ask on gphiles. Chances are that somebody there knows what to do...
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 15, 2012
3:19 PM

Post #8968990

Okay, quick research:

I don't know if you have a flickr account but Jon Lindstrom has this picture of P. plumerioides in hs stream:

Seems like he knows how to, at least, keep the plants alive. He's a professor of horticulture at the University Of Arkansas and grows, among many other plants, some AWESOME Gesneriads!!!

Other than that, this is the only other bit of information that I was able to find. It's from Alan LaVergne's "Sinningia And Friends"-website:

I hope that helps!

Montgomery, AL

January 16, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #8970552

Olaf, you are awesome, as usual. I had pulled the 3 remaining little seelings from their pots to find that the roots systems were terribly inadequate. Diane Best, from another forum, advised me to add more perlite for drainage, move to a sunny disposition, and maintain humidty. I'll add some rocks to the bottom of the pot, like Mauro says to do in your link (substratum 7). I hope the poor babies make it. Thanks, Jamie
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2012
5:50 PM

Post #8970560

Thanks, Jamie!

I'm just doing what geeks do best... LOL

If anyone, Diane Best knows how to grow those "odd ones". She's an extremely talented grower and a very nice person! :)

I keep my fingers crossed for you, my friend! :)
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

February 27, 2012
8:50 AM

Post #9021870

Hey Jamie!

Any news from this cool plant?

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