I thought that I would start our April pictures with my weekend find. They may not be named but it was a good deal. At 3.99 each I just couldn't pass them up. Now let's see how fast I can kill them. Streps just don't like me!! lol
First two pictures: Sinningia 'California Gold' x leucotricha clearly showing the silvery hairs of the leucotricha parent. The plant in the background is Sinningia eumorpha "Saltao" x piresiana getting ready to bloom.
Third picture: Sinningia cardinalis
Fourth picture: First shoots and buds on Sinningia speciosa 'Claire Roberts' grown from leaves
I have only one African Violet...for about three years now. It grows well and the foliage gets more-and-more dense. But I can't get it to flower. It's in an southeast-facing window, alongside my orchids, and gets good morning sunlight. And I've fertilized it with both 'typical' fertilizers, high in nitrogen...and also tried the 'bloom booster' fertilizer that's higher in phosphates. I try to let it dry-out a bit before watering, hoping to stress it just a little. Still no luck. Any insight? I can post a photo if it helps. Thanks!
Hi, Lynn. I repotted it after bringing it home from the "save my life" table at Lowe's. It was in peat, which I knew I'd be prone to overwatering. So I moved it to a 4" pot with my own mix. It has grown - but only the foliage. Here's a photo. Thanks again...
It looks good but I think I see some "suckers" on her. Sometimes that will take the energy away from the main plant causing it to not bloom. The plant should only have one rosette form in the center so the other small rosettes are the suckers aka baby A.V.s
Thanks, Connie. I know nothing about these...so I was glad it was multiplying into a nice specimen clump...ha ha! It looks like I can easily divide it into 3 equally sized plants. I hope the two offsets already have some roots...
The size of the plant looks good for the size of your pot. When you go to divide off those suckers you will need to go down in pot size. They love to be hugged in the pots and if the pot is too big the plants can get root rot. If the suckers don't have roots on them you can put them in damp (NOT WET) mix and dome them with a baggie or glass jar until they get established again. After that, you will have 3 beauties to bloom for ya :)
Everyone's plants look awesome. I am in a 'no flower' stage right now. I just have a few epicia blooming, but just one flower on each plant. I don't think I like them to much. They don'w seem to like it here. LOL
Some Sinningia speciosa babies and Begonia 'Joooles Moon'. The light green speciosas are 'Wendy' and the other ones are 'Donna'. The Sinningia in the upper right corner is S. lineata "Highly Spotted Clone".
Karen, check out Buckeye violets, I think they have nearly the best variegation, often multicolored. I have just one so far, Buckeye Country Girl. Great color and fantasy, large and very long lasting. And semi/double too. A winner!
I'm LOL because I figure if I don't know what FC is, then I don't have it. What is it and where can I view it?
Thanks for the selection... I will look at some more of the Buckeye varieties.
I am that way with Streps and Episcias, but I've never been as successful with AVs. I had one before that was in honor of my grandmother who grew them on her windowsill, and the name of it was 'Grandma Rose'... But I lost it, and I have tried to find that one again but cannot. So... I just wanted to try one again to round out my gesneriad collection.
I will look at some from your suggestions, and have even perused eBay...
But being more specific now, I would like one with heavy variegation and red and purple or fascia and purple fantasy. I actually prefer the single flowers too.
Olaf, they are good enough to eat, just yammy, lol
BTW what happens when different sinn species are crossed like those two in your pictures? will they be completely different or look more like one of the parents? Actually I got 3 tiny seedlings of S. Calif. Gold x leukotricha. They are very slow growing though and it will be awhile before I see their blooms. Although I can tell there is no bulbous part typical for leucotricha
Well, there's no simple answer to the question as to what happens when you cross two different Sinningias. That's the beauty of raising those plants from seed because you never really know what you will get... :) I can't wait to sow Sinningia ('Country Tiger' x self) x self (or 'Country Tiger' F3) and see if the seedlings will show a greater variety than the first selfing (or F2).
Well, 'California Gold' x leucotricha yielded two seedlings for me. They are slow growing in the beginning, I agree. They also will form tubers. The plant that you see in the picture is about a year and a half old and this is the third set of shoots. The flowers on my plant are peachy/orangy/reddish.
They are kind of slow in the beginning because they are making tubers and aren't growing that much. Once the seedlings are past about 2-3 inches in height, they will start growing much faster. :)
Another fun aspect of growing Sinningias from seed is the fact that the seedlings often don't resemble the mature plant AT ALL!!! S. leucotricha is a prime example. The seedlings look straggly and nothing like the tidy, silky, silver leaved plants that we all know from pictures. It takes a few growth cycles for Sinningia tubers to mature, some of them take several years.
F2 is a computer program sold by the AVSA.It has about 17,000 descriptions and thousands of pictures.I think the initial program is $30 and after that something like $11 a year if you want to update it.
great pictures everyone. And jannich, thanks for showing your waterer pot. I never thought of saving alls those yogurt pots and lids. I save the pots for rooting small plants, but now I will save the lids too! Great idea. Thanks
Well, to be honest, my track record with Violet leaves isn't the best but I get good results in chopped Sphaghnum. I also mix a handful of those SoilMoist-polymer crystals in the mix when I soak the Sphaghnum. I find it easier to keep the moss moist when I do that.
Yep! Agreed on the fuzzy plants! S. leucotricha is a killer when you see an old tuber with many crowns in full bloom.
I don't grow S. leucotricha but will get a tuber as soon as I find one for a reasonable price. I just don't have the patience anymore to grow a plant for several years until the first bloom.
That's why I'm so happy with my S. 'California Gold' x leucotricha. The plant seems to have a good amount of the silver leucotricha hairs and it's only in it's third growth cycle. I hope that it has inherited the "increasing fuzziness with age"-gene from leucotricha... :)
Those are cool plants :) I am trying to find S. Bullata and leucotricia as you say "at a reasonable price". We should be getting another offer for seeds from Crosswords so I will look for those along with micro sinns. Out of the last seeds I ordered, only one pack came up. I think we get old seeds sometimes.
Maria, I don't do well growing A.V. leaves in moss. They seem to rot on me but I can root strep leaves and Episcia in it. Episcia seems to love it. I also rooted a cutting of my S. Blue Dandy. It did awesome in that moss too :)
The Sinn. Leuc. I bought back in 2007 had a caudex almost 5 inches across!
It was gorgeous when it bloomed.
I lost it two winters ago to my own neglect... I was very sad!
I have just now bought and received a new one...
Much smaller... The caudex is only about an inch and a half across.
But I am happy to have it back!
That's an impressive specimen of S. leucotricha! The second picture is cool because that's what you normally don't get to see. Most people don't realize just how much the foliage keeps growing after the plant is done blooming.
Well, you say that your new tuber is about an inch and a half in diameter? While this is not the most reliable way to tell the age or maturity of a Sinningia tuber, I would assume that it's blooming size anyway. :)
They just look so awkward as seedlings until they start showing the determinate growth pattern and I don't have the patience to wait that long... LOL
It's really an easy plant to grow, takes quite a bit of direct sun, has plenty of texture and color to offer and makes cool looking tubers. It's a pretty slow grower but it is by no means a small Sinningia! This baby gets big and quite impressive! :) Oh, and propagation is no problem. If you only get one pod per season, you'll have plenty of seed to share and for yourself. Cuttings are also no problem but can take a while to root and get started.
I have one picture to share so far . . . this is the Project Plant that our AV club potted up back in September. Our show is next week, so hopefully this will still look as good then! It is EK-Nautilus
Thanks! It's not perfect in symmetry, but it was one of the largest plants compared to the others that were brought to a club meeting 2 months ago . . . and I'm hoping I can hide part of a leaf where it has a brown spot . . . but still, should get decent marks. Hope the blooms hold out! They do seem to last quite some time.
I went to do some emergency repotting on 3 of my plants for the show next week . . . discovered I can't find my smaller wicks (not a problem, could use the bigger ones for one week), but don't have any more perlite either . . . will have to wait until tomorrow. Which bites, 'cause I already got the soil mix moist . . . will have to let it dry out again before I cover it up.
I have Bogotensis, Ruby, Manchu, and queen Victoria Kohlerias that I would like to trade for Mini or Micro-mini Sinningias . They are sprouted small plants right now and I think the will ship easily. If anyone is interested, please D-mail me. Lou