Well, after all those April showers, here are some May flowers!
Second picture: My three largest Sinningias getting ready to bloom. Clockwise from the back: Sinningia eumorpha "Saltao" x piresiana, 'Seminole' and 'California Gold' x leucotricha with a gallon jug for scale.
Hey Sis!!! I need to get an e-mail sent back to you :) Olaf...Sister Jan actually has one named after her...Jan's Surprise. Didn't know if you knew that or not. Thad hybridized it and I haven't seen the name anywhere yet. I do want to get one so please watch for it and let me know where to go. It's got a pretty special meaning to it for me ('cause it was named after a very special lady). I think I need to probably find two because I am sure Sister Lynn would want one too :::))))))
Connie, I didn't know that but I'll sure be on the lookout for it! :) The little one on the picture could very well be one of Thad's hybrids.
Jamie, I actually do use MiracleGro... LOL Why? Because it's cheap and widely available and it seems to do the job. I read somewhere that some of the long time Gessie-growers use MG-tomato fertilizer 1/4 strentgh at every watering and flush the mix with clear water every month or so. In Spring, I use MG-BloomBoost 1/4 strength until about mid June for plenty of flowers.
Well, I'll be picking up some MG on my next trip to Home Depot. I love how I learn so much on these forums. In that light, what the heck is this green, 'caterpillar-but' looking thing growing on this flower???
Great pictures everyone.And Sister Connie,of course I need the one named after Sister Jan and I also love that little orange mini!
Jamie,African violets are really pretty easy to hybridize.Just keep it simple.One tip is to wait until the blossom to be fertilized has been open about 3 days or so so it will be sticky and ready for pollination.Lots of people use brushes,etc.,but nothing works better than the back of your thumbnail.
That Gabriel's Horn Mutant is my favorite and you grow them all so well. I'd love to get that link to your flickr pictures again, if you don't mind. You should submit some pics to AVSA. They are asking for submissions and articles right now. I'd love to see an article about mini siningias, hint, hint...
I've been away for two weeks, visiting my son's family up in Staten Island, NY. My grandson, Joe & Dana got married. We had a wonderful time, and now I've been busy taking care of my gessies, and vioets. They didn't seem to suffer with me being gone. They are wicked and mat watered. Trays were empty of water and mats were dry, but once watered they plants soaked up the water. So far I haven't lost any. My few micro-mini sins are in a little terrarium I picked up at Wallyworld for $5. It is supposed to be used for beta fish, but it works perfectly for my little sins. I just cover the tip with cling wrap. I have so many wedding pics on camere, but I'll have to take some pics. I removed all blooms before I left, so have no flowers to look at.
I started to read all the posts, and I'lm enthralled at all the sinn. blooms. Most of them I've never heard of, and now I must get some more. LOL.
Well it's time to read some more posts and look at more pictures. Keep posting them!
Sounds like you were having a good time, Eileen! :)
The ability of many Gessies to survive "dry-spells" with little or no harm is one of the things that makes growing them so much fun in the first place!
Any clear container with a lid will do to house micro mini Sinningias. They really aren't picky. The most important thing is to keep them evenly moist, which normally isn't a problem in a sealed container.
I only have to water my micros once a month or even less. They are in my standard mix in an old fish tank. I have a layer of marble chips on the bottom of the tank and use this as kind of a pebble tray.
Kohleria 'Green Goblin', 'Peridots Tom Thumb', Streptocarpella 'Concord Blue' and 'Boysenberry Delight' and Sinningia schiffneri
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I relate to the video. My kids all say 'I'm gonna kick his butt' too. Is that Southern redneck or just common slang across the country? Bad mom. You got me Olaf.
And that seedpod does look just like a green caterpillar butt!! I looked on the opposite side to see if it's other half was sticking out. Fooled me.
I went to clean off my A.V. leaf and saw where the pod scattered on a strep too. I need to get off as many as I can before they fall into my pots if they haven't already. S. tamianas will take over my collection LOL!!!
Jamie, I lived in MS for 14 plus years before I moved back home and I can't tell you what is Northern or Southern anymore. Just kinda blends all together for me LOL! I have pretty much lost my "southern accent" but I still say Miss, ma'am and hey along with other give aways so I guess I am my own mixture now :) I sent you one more personal e-mail when you get a chance. After that I think I have things straightened out. Thanks for your help!
Hotty Toddy Connie! I went to Ole Miss for college and medical school in Jackson, MS, where I grew up. Where did you live in MS? My husband, from Greenwood, thinks they're kin to everyone there! I wonder if there's any growers in MS? TN, LA, and AL all have them.
'Freckles' is a cutie. For me it grows like an oversized micro mini on relatively weak, almost trailing stems with very dark foliage. The flowers are purple and white with freckles down the throat and are produced in good numbers.
For me, the crowns aren't very long lived but the tuber keeps making new ones and even if I cut back everything to ground level, the plant will be back within a few weeks.
Actually, the outside is a coral/salmon/pink-kind-of-color and the petals are a very soft lavender/pink. It's hard to tell from the picture as the colors are softer and slightly different in real life.
One of the leftover sales plant from the club sale last weekend finally got its first blooms. There are either two plants, or a plant with a sucker . . . I'm going with two plants, 'cause one half has another pink bud to match the bloom on the light side . . (ooh, the "good" side, and the "dark" side). You can see (hopefully) that there are two separate crowns in there.
I've done some looking around of sports of Rebel's Splatter Kake, and from what I can find this could be Rebel's Zippy Zena . . . if that's one of the sports from RSP . . .
What a coincidence. At a plant sale today there was an AV called 'Rebels Iced Kake' that looked just like 'Rebel's Splatter Kake' to us. We couldn't decide if it was mislabeled or possible a sport?
I don't know that anyone has ever done any extensive hybridizing of the genus. The one cultivar that keeps popping up is 'Dekla' but that's N. villosus x melittifolius, which was registered by Frances Batcheller in 1976.
It's funny that the closely related genus Episcia (Nautilocalyx used to be part of Episcia and now contains what used to be non-stoloniferous Episcias, as far as I know) has been and still is subject to extensive hybridizing.
Looking at pictures of Nautilocalyx-species, there seems to be quite a bit of potential for stunning foliage plants, although some species have some very nice flowers to offer as well.
Oh, and here are some more pictures of Sinningia 'Gabriel's Horn Mutant' and 'Seminole'
I have no idea whether or not an Episcia/Nautilocalyx cross will work. I just checked the phylogenetic tree of the Gesneriads and the closest relative of Nautilocalyx seems to be Chrysothemis and both Nautilocalyx and Chrysothemis are closely related to Paradrymonia.
Actually, turns out that Episcia isn't even that closely related to Nautilocalyx after all...
great photos everyone!!! I keep adding new names to my growing list. I love the Nautilocalyx. I'll have to get me one of those. I'm not too happy with epicia. They get so leggy, that I have to cut them and start again. They are under lights, gut I guess I should lengthen the time. Right now I've been busy checking and grooming all my violets. I was away for 10 days and they've been neglected. It's a lot of work. My few sinningia are blooming along with a few violets. Just been too busy to take pictures. I guess i should make some time.
I feel your pain Nichole! I hate it when I grow from a leaf and it doesn't bloom true, especially since I've recently gotten rid of all my 'extras' and only kept 1 of each variety.
Olaf, that S.CC X leucotricha is lovely. Was that your own cross?
How do you Violet folks manage to grow more than one or two standards to size? When I first saw what "large standard" actually means, that was at a show, I could not believe it. Wow!
Well, here are some smaller Gesneriads... LOL
Gesneria pedicellaris before and after repotting, Sinningia 'Mighty Mouse' almost done filling a 6" pan, which only took a few months and my Jewel Orchid, Ludisia discolor, growing together with my micro mini Sinningias in an old fish tank... :)
Wow, absolutely blown away by that video. Thanks for posting the link. As to the large standards, they definitely pose space problems and I have started to move away from them a bit. I am finding more Rob's plants in my collection. Some of my favorites, like King's Ransom, I know I will keep even though they grow quite large.
Again, thanks for the link to the video. It was spectacular!
Thanks for the wonderful article Lynn! I'll try setting some tip cuttings after the blooms are through, so there'll be Boe to share. And Connie, I think you are correct because I did order 'Blue Dandy' at some point from one of the big vendors. I've never ordered little Sinningias though, and still don't know who is the dark pink bloomer. I thought Olaf was my only source, but maybe I picked it up in a RR.