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meag848
Kittrell, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 4, 2012
2:17 AM

Post #9069078

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

Melanie

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EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

April 4, 2012
5:50 AM

Post #9069196

Nice plants, Melanie. I seem to have the same difficulty with streps. I have only managed to keep one alive thus far and it has yet to have more than 2 flowers at a time. Good luck with those.

Earle
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 4, 2012
7:18 AM

Post #9069310

What an deal! I would have snatched those up too.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 4, 2012
11:24 AM

Post #9069700

Wow,what a bargain!

Lynn
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

April 4, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9070093

Streps like bright light (mine get no Sun or very late afternoon Sun at most) and don't let them get totally dry. You CAN grow them!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 7, 2012
11:18 AM

Post #9073153

Hey everyone! My plants and I are still getting used to the new place. I've been extremely busy and haven't had much time to post...

Anyhow, here's the first flower on Sinningia araneosa grown from seed.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 7, 2012
11:22 AM

Post #9073158

First two pictures: Sinningia 'HCY's Coral Candy' x self

Third picture: Sinningia 'Country Tiger' x self

Fourth picture: Sinningia 'Country Crocus'. The leaf in the background is Sinningia eumorpha "Saltao" x piresiana and is almost as big as the whole plant of 'Country Crocus'...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 7, 2012
11:26 AM

Post #9073163

Some sprouting Sinningia tubers:

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



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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 7, 2012
11:29 AM

Post #9073166

Very nice Olaf!
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 7, 2012
11:39 AM

Post #9073176

Great pictures Olaf!
SCBegoniaGuy
Columbia, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2012
5:22 AM

Post #9073801

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

April 8, 2012
1:39 PM

Post #9074342

Gosh,a photo might help.It sounds like you are doing everything right.The only thing you didn't mention is how long has it been since it was re-potted?
Lynn
SCBegoniaGuy
Columbia, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #9074622

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...

Scott

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 8, 2012
5:42 PM

Post #9074650

Hey Scott,

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

Connie
SCBegoniaGuy
Columbia, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 8, 2012
6:13 PM

Post #9074692

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...
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 8, 2012
6:34 PM

Post #9074715

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 :)

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

April 8, 2012
7:41 PM

Post #9074798

Ditto...what Connie said LOL.

Lynn
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 9, 2012
7:47 PM

Post #9076422

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
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 10, 2012
7:22 AM

Post #9076805

Awesome pictures and sinningias are just irresistible. I can't stand it any more, lol. About to make an order today, mostly minis. Olaf, do you know you're the one to blame?

Anyways despite of freezing nights spring is here and my Alsobias started to wake up. Cygnet if full of buds, here is the first bloom

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

April 10, 2012
11:05 AM

Post #9077126

It's really pretty Maria!

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 10, 2012
3:35 PM

Post #9077432

First of all: Thanks, everyone!

Seems like my surviving plants have gotten used to the new place and so have I... LOL

Well, Maria, that's how it starts... Watch out, though: Sinningias are like gremlins and before you know it, they have taken over your house... ;)

Olaf

Oh, and here's an example of what a difference a day makes: Sinningia speciosa 'Claire Roberts'. Full of buds and getting ready.



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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 10, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9077459

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".



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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 10, 2012
4:20 PM

Post #9077492

Your Alsobia is way ahead of mine, Maria... I will never get tired of those frilly, white blossoms with their little, purple dots... :)

The second picture is Sinningia 'Seminole' going crazy on me with five well developed crowns that all seem to be making it and also showing the first signs of buds...

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

April 10, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #9077614

Olaf,
I don't see the highly spotted clone?
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 10, 2012
6:00 PM

Post #9077630

Here you go, Lynn! :)

Sinningia lineata "Highly Spotted Clone". Grown from seed and still a baby... :)

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 10, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #9077641

Question for all of you AV enthusiasts...

If I wanted to get just one AV, and I wanted variegated foliage, and a fantasy bloom, what would you recommend?
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 10, 2012
6:11 PM

Post #9077647

I have never met anyone who was able to resist growing more than one Violet...
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 10, 2012
6:56 PM

Post #9077673

LMBO!!! GOOD ANSWER!!

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2012
7:53 AM

Post #9078259

My new micro mini Sinningias:

'Lil' Georgie' and "Mystery Micro"...

Second picture: Primulina tabacum. Unfortunately, I lost the original plant but the baby is going strong. :)

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

April 11, 2012
10:26 AM

Post #9078518

Karen,
If you have FC,you might try looking through it.
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2012
10:53 AM

Post #9078556

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!

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 11, 2012
11:17 AM

Post #9078585

Lynn...
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?

Maria...
Thanks for the selection... I will look at some more of the Buckeye varieties.

Olaf...
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.

Thanks all and have a blessed day!
Karen
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2012
11:29 AM

Post #9078596

Karen, I'm that way with Sinningias... LOL Violets are not exactly my friends. I love them but they don't exactly love me back...

Anyhow, speaking of Sinningias:

Sinningia 'California Gold' x leucotricha, Sinningia eumorpha "Saltao" x piresiana and, last but not least, not a Sinningia but a Kohleria 'Strawberry Fields'.

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2012
12:05 PM

Post #9078621

Karen, you can do it (with AVs), good luck!

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

bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9078657

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.

Olaf
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2012
12:50 PM

Post #9078667

Mine are like 3-4 month old, way to go... But growing sinns from seed is an adventure for sure
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2012
1:27 PM

Post #9078708

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.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2012
1:33 PM

Post #9078717

Any day now!

Sinningia speciosa 'Claire Roberts'

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

April 11, 2012
2:16 PM

Post #9078777

Karen,
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.
Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #9079509

Sinningia speciosa 'Claire Roberts' and Saintpaulia 'Allegro Appalachian Trail'

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kivit
Wytheville, VA

April 13, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #9081152

Oh Boy!
Tamberlin sent a box of leaves! I've got streps again! Whoopee!
Thank you Thank you Thank you.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 13, 2012
1:23 PM

Post #9081167

That's great news!
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

April 13, 2012
5:05 PM

Post #9081472

Hi everyone,

Beautiful pictures! Your off to another awesome month of blooming beauties.

Hey kivit,nice to see you around the garden again!

This is the second seedling to bloom from seed labeled Sinningia 96014 Sweden.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2012
6:14 PM

Post #9081537

That's one pretty mini, Jan! I really like the spotting.

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

April 13, 2012
9:50 PM

Post #9081734

Really pretty Jan.Did you get my email?

Lynn

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

April 14, 2012
1:39 AM

Post #9081794

This rhizome kinda scared me when I was getting ready to repot this Kohleria. lol

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

April 14, 2012
1:09 PM

Post #9082346

It looks kinda' extraterrestrial !
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

April 15, 2012
6:45 AM

Post #9083095

Morning all,

First picture is from the same package of seed, Sinn. 94016 Sweden.Much darker pink,almost magenta
second picture,the 2 sisters.

Got the email Lynn!

Oops,please excuse my fancy waterer, I forgot to crop it out.LOL.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2012
8:18 AM

Post #9083193

Beautiful! The darker one is nice and vigorous. I like the foliage as well.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2012
8:43 AM

Post #9083230

Sinningia speciosa 'Claire Roberts'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2012
8:44 AM

Post #9083231

Sinningia 'HCY's Coral Candy' x self

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2012
8:45 AM

Post #9083234

Sinningia 'California Gold' x leucotricha, 'Ozark Scentimental Journey', araneosa, 'Seminole', eumorpha "Saltao" x piresiana

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

April 15, 2012
10:51 AM

Post #9083376

Great Sinns. Jan and Olaf!

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2012
8:30 AM

Post #9084586

Thanks, Lynn!

Here's Primulina/Chirita tamiana, Saintpaulia 'Cirelda' and Sinningia 'Country Tiger' x self

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 17, 2012
11:57 AM

Post #9086307

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
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
2:08 PM

Post #9086471

Since there's not much blooming right now but plenty of my Sinningias are showing buds, I thought, I'd show some pictures of Sinningia-buds...

The first two pictures is Sinningia eumorpha "Saltao" x piresiana

The third picture is Sinningia 'California Gold' x leucotricha

The fourth picture is Sinningia 'Orange Zinger'

And the fifth picture is Sinningia araneosa showing no buds but plenty of fuzz... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
2:09 PM

Post #9086473

And some blooms:

Sinningia 'HCY's Coral Candy' x self and Sinningia speciosa 'Claire Roberts'




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

April 17, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #9086534

Sinningia araneosa showing no buds but plenty of fuzz... :) That's a cool looking plant!

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
4:27 PM

Post #9086631

Thanks, Lynn! I love fuzzy plants and S. araneosa is no exception. :)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9086667

Violet-babies... :)

Saintpaulia 'Rob's Tippy Toe', 'Lil' Runaround', 'Ness' Dynomite' and 'Cirelda'

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #9086700

Awesome sinns and very cute babies, thay all look so happy. I never thought of sphagnum moss for AV leaves, did it work better than potting mix?
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
5:18 PM

Post #9086709

Thanks, Maria!

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.

Olaf
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9086714

[quote="bsimpson1972"]Thanks, Lynn! I love fuzzy plants and S. araneosa is no exception. :)[/quote]

I fell in love with gessies in general because of the fuzz! I nearly died the first time I saw Sinn. Leucotricha! I went to great pains to have it for myself.
carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2012
5:23 PM

Post #9086717

Sounds interesting and definitely very creative idea. Have to try it with epicsia stolons, these like to play possum on me:)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
5:39 PM

Post #9086732

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... :)

Sinningia 'California Gold' x leucotricha:



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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2012
5:59 PM

Post #9086755

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 :)

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
6:07 PM

Post #9086762

Thanks Connie!

Sinningia bullata is one of my favorite Sinningias and my big plant is getting ready to bloom again. :)

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2012
6:19 PM

Post #9086778

Bullata looks like it grows that stuffing I buy to wrap plants with LOL

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
6:21 PM

Post #9086786

Yep! And just like that stuffing wants to stick to everything, EVERYTHING will stick to S. bullata's fuzz... LOL

Check your messages, Connie...
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2012
6:28 PM

Post #9086797

I was wondering about getting perlite or soil in it and how easy it would be to get off. Didn't know it would be sticky. WOW!!

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
6:36 PM

Post #9086807

Here are some micro mini Sinningias:

S. 'Lil' Tiger', 'Mighty Mouse', 'Treva McDaniel', 'Freckles' and pusilla 'White Sprite'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
6:36 PM

Post #9086809

And this is Gesneria pedicellaris.

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2012
6:42 PM

Post #9086821

They are all in bloom and happy. I think I know where I can get Little Wood Nymph a little later.

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
6:58 PM

Post #9086859

Yes, ma'am! :)
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2012
7:26 PM

Post #9086905

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!
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2012
7:56 PM

Post #9086946

You will have to share a pic when it blooms Karen!

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2012
8:03 PM

Post #9086950

I know, that's right! S. leucotricha is gorgeous and like a good wine - it gets better with age! :)
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2012
9:52 AM

Post #9087542

Wanted to try and show pics from my old Sinn. leucotricha...
Went back to some old threads and found some...

This is when it would first start to bloom...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=6295527
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9087546

And this is how big it would be by the time blooming finished...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=6295572


I really miss this plant! *sigh*
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 18, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #9087577

You did a great job growing your previous one Karen. Won't be long until your new one will be a wow factor also. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fuzzy ones :)

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2012
2:11 PM

Post #9087886

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
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 19, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #9088834

Sinningia eumorpha "Saltao" x piresiana

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 19, 2012
8:42 PM

Post #9089668

Oohhh, that's so pretty Olaf! I love the spots along the outside. It's so different.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2012
6:07 AM

Post #9089903

Thanks, Jamie!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2012
6:57 PM

Post #9090974

Couple more of my Streps are blooming...

Neil's Twilight...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2012
6:57 PM

Post #9090976

And Bristol's Psychedelic Sun...

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

April 21, 2012
3:04 AM

Post #9091189

Beautiful Karen!

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2012
9:11 AM

Post #9094345

One more time: Sinningia speciosa 'Claire Roberts'

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2012
10:05 AM

Post #9094415

Beautiful! Is that more than one plant, or is it just that full?
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 23, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #9094440

Thanks, Karen! That's actually three plants. I grew them from leaves and just left them together in this one pot. They will be potted up separately for their next growth cycle, though.

Olaf
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 24, 2012
7:00 AM

Post #9095741

Great job on the streps Karen!! Beautiful blooms as always Olaf. I have a few things blooming here and there but I sure don't have a house full in bloom like your apt. LOL!!

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2012
9:10 AM

Post #9095909

Thanks, Connie! :)

Well, some more Sinningias coming up...

'HCY's Coral Candy' x self, 'Country Tiger' x self, 'California Gold' x leucotricha, 'Orange Zinger' and 'Super Orange'

Olaf

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2012
10:38 AM

Post #9095985

And some more Sinningias...

'Seminole', eumorpha "Saltao" x piresiana, cardinalis and bullata

The fourth picture is a "Forkleaf Sundew", Drosera binata full of buds.

And the fifth picture is Sansevieria trifasciata 'Black Gold', Ledebouria socialis, Drosera binata, Huernia schneideriana, some pygmy Sundews in the plastic box and Stapelia gigantea (clockwise).

Olaf

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

April 24, 2012
3:57 PM

Post #9096260

Very cool plants.

Lynn
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 24, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9096276

I have a few carnivorious seeds down but I don't think they are those. I will pay more attention to the names when they germinate lol. They are cool plants :)

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2012
5:32 PM

Post #9096385

Thanks, everyone! :)

First pic: Some micro mini Sinningias. Well, and some other stuff, too... LOL

Second pic: Sinningia muscicola (in the corner), Sinningia 'Mighty Mouse' (on the right) and Gesneria pedicellaris (in the foreground).

Third pic: xCodonatanthus 'Vista' and Alsobia 'Cygnet' - both stubbornly refusing to make buds this season...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2012
5:47 PM

Post #9096412

And the one that almost got away: Sinningia bullata

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 24, 2012
6:29 PM

Post #9096474

There it is!! Love that plant!!

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2012
6:39 PM

Post #9096492

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.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 25, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9097754

Some more micro miniature Sinningias:

'Lil' Georgie', 'Mighty Mouse', 'Treva McDaniel'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 25, 2012
5:31 PM

Post #9097764

Primulina/Chirita tamiana

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 25, 2012
7:08 PM

Post #9097895

Beautiful!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 26, 2012
2:15 PM

Post #9098891

Thanks, Karen!

Here are some more:

Sinningia 'Orange Zinger', 'Super Orange' (the smaller one) and 'Orange Zinger', 'Gabriel's Horn Mutant' and bullata

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 26, 2012
4:59 PM

Post #9099097

Sinningia 'Lil' Georgie'

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 26, 2012
5:19 PM

Post #9099123

You all are doing great jobs on your plants!

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

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 26, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9099141

All those ruffles! :)

This is one good looking plant, Nichole!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 26, 2012
5:39 PM

Post #9099158

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.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 26, 2012
6:51 PM

Post #9099290

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! ;)
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 26, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #9099335

'Little Georgie' is so tiny! You have a great collection Olaf.

Nichole, that is a beautiful AV!

More of my new Streps are blooming! I will try to post some pics tonight or tomorrow!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 27, 2012
6:53 AM

Post #9099752

Thanks, Karen! :)

Here's a flower on Sinningia 'Bright Eyes' with seven petals instead of the usual five... Now, if this only was stable... Unfortunately, it isn't...

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 27, 2012
11:18 AM

Post #9100074

That is adorable!
And a great photo!
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

April 27, 2012
2:04 PM

Post #9100310

I am loving all the great pictures everyone!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 27, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9100517

Thanks, everyone!

Here are some more Sinningias and one Kohleria:

The first picture is S. speciosa 'Claire Roberts', second and the third picture is S. 'Orange Zinger', the fourth picture is S. bullata, and the fifth picture is K. 'Peppermint'

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 27, 2012
9:29 PM

Post #9100754

Here are some more of my streps blooming right now...

Batik, Bristol's Spectacular, Neil's Twilight, Seren, and Purple Panda has been non-stop since I got it!

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 27, 2012
9:31 PM

Post #9100755

A seed pod forming on Purple Panda, where it selfed.

And Episcia 'Star of Bethlehem'

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carpathiangirl
Akron, OH
(Zone 5a)

April 28, 2012
4:19 AM

Post #9100856

Awesome sinns Olaf, what a cutie is your Bright Eyes bloom!

Karen, the streps are just gorgeous, how long ago did you get them? Great picture of seed pod on open flower, so cool. And I had no idea how unique is the bloom of Star of Bethlehem is, love it!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 28, 2012
5:17 AM

Post #9100903

I only ordered my first one at the beginning of March...
Had them all in and set up by the beginning of April.
Still need to repot some of them.
I am remembering why I loved the Streps so much!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 28, 2012
6:26 AM

Post #9100996

Karen . . . did any of your streps make it into the RR box? If not, we may have to work on a trade (hehehe) . . . ^_^
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 28, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9101029

I didn't make it to the DAVS convention due to illness, now I have lots of lovely blooms to sell at our club sale in May.

A tray landscape, Drymonia corytoplectus, Episcia 'Chocolate Cream', Optimara 'Everbeautiful', Gloxinella lindeniani

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 28, 2012
6:51 AM

Post #9101034

Kohleria 'Hcys Jardin de Monet', Jolly Fairy, assorted, Ma's Winter Moon , Harbor Blue

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2012
6:58 AM

Post #9101039

Wow! They are all looking great, Jamie! :)
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 28, 2012
7:23 AM

Post #9101068

Very nice Jamie. You would have gotten some ribbons for those. Looks like you are growing several in natural light????? They are loving the spot you have them in!!

Pretty blooms Karen :)

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2012
7:55 AM

Post #9101093

Oh, and I completely skipped over your lovely Streps, Karen! Very nice display of colors! :)

Jamie: Drymonia corytoplectus should be Corytoplectus cutucuensis if I'm not completely mistaken...

htttp://www.gesneriads.ca/coryt02.htm

Olaf
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 28, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #9101165

Beautiful group of gessies Jamie!

Nichole... Why yes, some of my Streps did make it in to the RR box, but I have noted some of the names have already come out of the RR box since then! Keep me in mind!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2012
12:28 PM

Post #9101337

All kinds of Sinningias and a Kohleria 'HCY's Jardin De Monet'...

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

April 28, 2012
12:31 PM

Post #9101340

Awesome pictures Karen! Seren is one of my all time faves.

Jamie,I know you would have won lots of ribbons! Your plants are great.Sure wish I had window light.Where do you find reasonably priced plant saucers?

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

April 28, 2012
12:32 PM

Post #9101341

LOL Olaf,we were posting at the same time.Your plants look great too.

Lynn
dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 28, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9101643

Awesome group of pics!! I love them all. great growin' to all!!! Lurker Lou
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2012
5:58 PM

Post #9101716

Here's Sinningia 'Seminole' with five crowns, relatively evenly spaced and full of buds in the first picture...

The rest of the pictures is the same tuber with one crown last year...

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 28, 2012
7:14 PM

Post #9101851

Nice pix all . . . gettin' jealous!

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.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 28, 2012
7:41 PM

Post #9101903

Why isn't there a Perlite-emergency-hotline? It's so annoying to run out of this stuff... LOL

Anyhow, this is what Sinningia bullata looks like today:

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dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 29, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9102882

Hi, Lurker Lou her,

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
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

April 30, 2012
12:24 PM

Post #9104104

Thanks again for the name correction Olaf. I relabeled it this time so I won't forget again! Your Sinningias are amazing. Here's a group of various Primulinas blooming in my kitchen.

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

April 30, 2012
1:04 PM

Post #9104165

Very nice!
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

April 30, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #9104633

awesome pictures everyone!

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