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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2012
2:26 PM

Post #9106020

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.

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 1, 2012
3:04 PM

Post #9106077

All I can say is WOW!! What a sight for May :)

Connie
jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

May 1, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #9106247

very nice,Olaf

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2012
5:36 PM

Post #9106250

Thanks, everyone!

Does the little mini Sinningia have a name, Jan? It's as cute as it can be! :)
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 1, 2012
5:58 PM

Post #9106275

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
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 1, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #9106313

I'm glad you put that gallon jug there. That's amazing. Are you using Miracle Grow (teasing)!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 1, 2012
6:50 PM

Post #9106380

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.

Olaf
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 2, 2012
5:18 AM

Post #9106815

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???

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 2, 2012
5:43 AM

Post #9106842

Uh Jamie...looks like you got a seed pod growing there :) ???

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 2, 2012
6:18 AM

Post #9106894

Sure does look like a seed pod developing...
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 2, 2012
9:20 AM

Post #9107141

Micro mini Sinningias doing their thing... :)

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 2, 2012
10:35 AM

Post #9107261

I had tried pollinating AV's so much, with no success. So this is what a seed pod looks like?!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 2, 2012
10:38 AM

Post #9107264

Check this here out, Jamie:

http://afk.slashhug.net/2011/12/my-first-steps-in-african-violet-hybridization/
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

May 2, 2012
11:17 AM

Post #9107305

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.

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 3, 2012
8:50 PM

Post #9109574

I agree, Lynn. I either use my thumbnail or a wooden toothpick.

Kohleria 'Peridots Tom Thumb', Sinningia 'Gabriel's Horn Mutant', Sinningia speciosa 'Claire Roberts' and Kohleria 'Green Goblin'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 4, 2012
8:18 AM

Post #9110044

The first two pictures are Sinningia 'California Gold' x leucotricha and the third is Kohleria 'Peridots Tom Thumb'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 4, 2012
8:31 AM

Post #9110065

Saintpaulia 'Allegro Appalachian Trail', Sinningia 'Super Orange' and Sinningia 'Orange Zinger' (with S. 'Gabriel's Horn Mutant' in the foreground)

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

May 4, 2012
12:59 PM

Post #9110356

Looks like your plants are loving the new place!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #9111305

Yes, they are! Thanks, Lynn! :)

Sinningia 'HCY's Coral Candy' x self, 'California Gold' x leucotricha, eumorpha "Saltao" x piresiana and 'Gabriel's Horn Mutant'

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dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9111788

Wow! What a sight your indoor plants must be. They are allo one just prettier than the other!! Lou
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 5, 2012
7:12 PM

Post #9112035

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...
Jamie
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 5, 2012
10:50 PM

Post #9112208

I was wondering why no one was posting to the April thread...
Then realized y'all moved on!
LOL!!!

Great pics everyone!

Olaf... As they say... if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
Keep using the MG... I think it's working!
You got some real beauties there!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 6, 2012
5:37 AM

Post #9112349

Thanks, everyone! :)

Lou, I will post some pictures.

Jamie, well, as soon as time permits, I might actually sit down and write a little essay on (mini) Sinningias. Who knows... :) Oh, and here's the link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/flowerfreak/

Karen, I have been using MG for many years and I will stick with it! LOL The main reason for me to use this stuff in the first place is that I can get it at pretty much any hardware store.

Sinningia 'California Gold' x leucotricha has finally opened its first two flowers. I really like the combination of pastels with the contrasting markings.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 6, 2012
5:46 AM

Post #9112360

Plants, plants, plants...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 6, 2012
5:46 AM

Post #9112363

And some more...

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imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 6, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #9112467

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!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2012
7:31 AM

Post #9113834

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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dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2012
2:47 PM

Post #9114423

Your pictures are amazing! So healthy and beautiful. Lou
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 7, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #9114511

jamiew wrote: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???


Jamie said caterpillar but . . . :-)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2012
3:55 PM

Post #9114525

Thanks, Lou! :)

Well, you caught Jamie in the act, Nichole! LOL That's almost like this one here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFN1-uqt2WA

Here are seedlings of Sinningia eumorpha "Saltao" and Sinningia cardinalis x eumorpha "Saltao" that I just separated.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9114535

Primulina/Chirita tamiana

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2012
4:30 PM

Post #9114593

My tamiana opened a pod when I wasn't looking. Now I have an A.V. leaf that looks peppered LOL Your seedings are looking good Olaf.

Connie
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 7, 2012
5:28 PM

Post #9114681

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.
Jamie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2012
5:32 PM

Post #9114685

Thanks, Connie!

That's a classic problem with Sinningias as well: The pod that was green the second before, suddenly is brown, dry and empty... LOL
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2012
5:49 PM

Post #9114713

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!

Connie
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 7, 2012
6:42 PM

Post #9114837

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.
Jamie
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2012
6:48 PM

Post #9114862

Small town a little piece from Philadelphia. Worked in Meridian with headquarters in Jackson LOL!!

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 8, 2012
9:13 AM

Post #9115693

The chit chat is what I love about these monthly threads just as much as everybody's plants. :)

Here are some micro mini Sinningias:

A sprouting tuber of S. concinna, super slow growing seedlings of S. 'Star Eyes' x self and the "Mystery Micro" that I picked up at the annual show and sale...

The last picture is S. 'Mighty Mouse' taking over a 6" pan...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 8, 2012
9:15 AM

Post #9115700

And some more Sinningias:

S. araneosa, S. 'Ozark Rosy Cheeks, S. 'Orange Zinger' and S. 'Gabriel's Horn Mutant'

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 8, 2012
12:47 PM

Post #9115982

They are all so beautiful Olaf...
But oh my! I love that Gabriel's Horn!

My new mini I got in trade with someone here is getting ready to bloom soon!
(Freckles) Can't wait to see it!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 8, 2012
1:40 PM

Post #9116025

Thanks, Karen!

'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.

Oh, and it's super easy to propagate by cuttings.

Here's a picture from last year:

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 8, 2012
4:08 PM

Post #9116191

Cool! It does have pretty dark foliage!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 9, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #9117229

Kohleria 'Green Goblin'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 10, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #9118724

Plenty of buds - any day now...

Kohleria 'Bach' and Sinningia 'Seminole'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 10, 2012
12:31 PM

Post #9118727

And Some actual blooms...

Sinningia 'Orange Zinger', bullata and 'California Gold' x leucotricha

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dispatcher1
Seymour, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 10, 2012
4:07 PM

Post #9118977

I like the third one so much! is it Pink inside and coral outside? Beautiful bloom ! Lou
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 10, 2012
4:14 PM

Post #9118988

That one does stand out Lou!! It looks like pink and coral to me too :)

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 10, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9119050

Thanks, everyone!

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.

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 11, 2012
7:29 AM

Post #9119650

Sinningia 'Ozark Rosy Cheeks' and Kohleria 'Bach'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 11, 2012
3:15 PM

Post #9120176

Sinningia 'Seminole'. For some reason, this bud reminds me of a chrysalis...

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2012
5:54 PM

Post #9120350

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 . . .

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 11, 2012
6:03 PM

Post #9120360

Cute as they can be, Nichole! :)
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

May 12, 2012
10:32 AM

Post #9121018

Very nice Nichole.It looks like two plants to me.

Great pictures Olaf!

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 12, 2012
11:28 AM

Post #9121055

Thanks, Lynn!

Here are some more...

1: Eucodonia 'Tiny Tot'. New shoot, just breaking through the mix and already FUZZY! :)

2: Kohleria 'Bach'

3: Sinningia 'Seminole'

4: Sinningia 'Orange Zinger'

5: Sinningia 'Yma'

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2012
12:22 PM

Post #9121096

The consensus among some from other gessie sites seem to think that the sport is Rebel's Night Breezes, which is a common sport of RSK . . . still cool, though.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 12, 2012
12:34 PM

Post #9121102

How many different sports of 'Rebel's Splatter Kake' are there?
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 12, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #9121255

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

May 12, 2012
10:00 PM

Post #9121671

Jamie,
It is a separate registered cultivar by the same hybridizer.

Lynn
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #9121952

Just like alot of the Rob's varieties, it could be that a couple sports from RSK could have been registered too. At least, whoever ends up with these plants will have a couple of nice ones.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 13, 2012
8:39 AM

Post #9122049

Kohleria 'Peppermint', Sinningia 'Orange Zinger', 'Seminole' and 'California Gold' x leucotricha

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 13, 2012
8:18 PM

Post #9122725

Thanks for the answer to that Lynn and gorgeous, gorgeous photos Olaf!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 14, 2012
8:38 AM

Post #9123249

Blooming today is Nautilocayx forgettii. Does anyone know what crosses have been made using this?
Jamie

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 14, 2012
9:13 AM

Post #9123288

This is a stunner, Jamie! :)

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'

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 14, 2012
9:53 AM

Post #9123354

Very pretty Jamie! Foliage and blooms!!

Olaf's apt. is in full bloom :) Nice pics everyone

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

May 14, 2012
11:29 AM

Post #9123473

Love that Nautilocayx!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 14, 2012
2:22 PM

Post #9123715

Olaf, you are a wealth of information! Maybe I can see if the pollen would fertilize an episcia? or just try to make self seeds. I love your Gabriel's horn and sport.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 14, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9123834

You are welcome, Jamie! :)

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...
imadigger
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 14, 2012
4:49 PM

Post #9123888

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.
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 14, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #9123890

I'll freeze some pollen until I get flowers of Chrysothemis or Paradrymonia, both of which are tiny plants right now.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 15, 2012
7:11 AM

Post #9124560

That sounds exciting! Chrysothemis could contribute yellow flowers... ;)
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9124741

Beautiful photos everyone!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 15, 2012
9:08 AM

Post #9124744

Kohleria 'Bach'

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2012
1:56 PM

Post #9125062

My King's Ransom finally bloomed . . . turns out not to be King's Ransom . . . at least this one.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 15, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #9125308

It's a pretty flower though...

Primulina tabacum, Kohleria 'Bach' and Sinningia 'California Gold' x leucotricha

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 15, 2012
7:50 PM

Post #9125412

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?
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #9125793

Thanks, Jamie! I got the seeds from ebay. Don't remember the source. Could have been Thad.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
7:02 AM

Post #9125805

Kohleria 'Lilla Gubben'

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EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

May 16, 2012
7:08 AM

Post #9125819

Hi Nichole,

If that King's Ransom came from me, you can get more leaves to try anytime. Mine flowers pink and the blooms are enormous.

Earle

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
7:58 AM

Post #9125862

That's a nice one, Earle!

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... :)

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
8:05 AM

Post #9125878

There is a video on YouTube of the Vancouver African Violet & Gesneriad Society 2012 Show .

[HYPERLINK@www.youtube.com]

It's absolutely worth watching!!! :)

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
8:53 AM

Post #9125962

Well, and what got me hooked on Gesneriads in the first place is the, sometimes very abundant, fuzz that covers the plants...

Sinningia bullata, araneosa and 'Amizade', Eucodonia 'Tiny Tot'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
8:53 AM

Post #9125964

And an update on Sinningia 'Seminole'

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EarleG
Sanbornton, NH

May 16, 2012
11:48 AM

Post #9126121

Hi Olaf,

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!

Earle
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #9126205

You are welcome, Earle!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 16, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9126547

Olaf... Great pics as always...
Love the 'Lilla Gubben'!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 17, 2012
9:14 AM

Post #9127190

Thanks, Karen! :)

Here's Kohleria 'HCY's Jardin De Monet'

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 17, 2012
2:46 PM

Post #9127510

I'm exhausted from working all day on the plants. It's a happy tired.
King's Treasure

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2012
6:17 AM

Post #9128178

That IS a treasure, Jamie! Wow!

I hear you. Been potting up/pricking out/sowing/pollinating/harvesting seeds all week whenever I had a little bit of time... That's why I love spring! :)

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2012
7:04 AM

Post #9128240

Sinningia 'Lil' Georgie', 'Gabriel's Horn Mutant, Gloxinella lindeniana, Kohleria 'Bach'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2012
7:17 AM

Post #9128270

Sinningia 'Seminole'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #9129522

Sinningia speciosa 'Claire Roberts' and, once again, S. 'Seminole'

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2012
12:44 PM

Post #9129683

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

May 19, 2012
12:58 PM

Post #9129695

They are great Olaf!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2012
6:42 PM

Post #9129994

Thanks, Karen and Lynn!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2012
7:35 AM

Post #9134931

Primulina tabacum, Sinningia 'Amizade' and Eucodonia 'Tiny Tot'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2012
7:36 AM

Post #9134934

Sinningia 'Ozark Scentimental Journey', Kohleria 'Peridots Potlach', 'HCY's Jardin De Monet' and 'Bach'

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2012
7:50 AM

Post #9134957

Nice babies coming up there Olaf :)

Connie
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2012
4:10 PM

Post #9135645

Thanks, Connie!

Here are some more...

Sinningia 'Ozark Rosy Cheeks', Kohleria 'HCY's Jardin De Monet' and 'Strawberry Fields'

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 23, 2012
7:19 PM

Post #9135927

A couple of my streps blooming...

Bristol's Xolo and Nightmare

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

May 24, 2012
12:55 PM

Post #9136856

Love the babies Olaf!

Karen,
Xolo is so striking!

Lynn
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 24, 2012
1:36 PM

Post #9136896

Wow! 'Xolo' is almost black! Very nice, Karen!

Thanks, Lynn!

Codonanthe carnosa.

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 24, 2012
6:34 PM

Post #9137286

Sinningia 'Ozark Scentimental Journey' and Sinningia eumorpha "Saltao"

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 25, 2012
7:54 AM

Post #9137920

Achimenes erecta 'Tiny Red' and Niphaea oblonga - sprouting rhizomes

Sinningia 'Ozark Scentimental Journey' - almost...

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 25, 2012
9:42 AM

Post #9138084

Sinningia 'Lil' Georgie' and concinna

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jannich
Andalusia, AL
(Zone 8b)

May 26, 2012
8:15 AM

Post #9139234

Wonderful pictures(drool,drool) :-)
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 27, 2012
8:21 AM

Post #9140353

The bud on Sinningia 'Ozark Scentimental Journey' still isn't open but here's its progress so far...

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 27, 2012
8:35 AM

Post #9140367

Maybe tomorrow!!!

Connie
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 27, 2012
11:11 AM

Post #9140536

I need help with this unknown gesneriad. The label came off during seedling growth. This one survived only in a terrarium. It's blooming after between 1-2 years. What is it???

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 27, 2012
11:31 AM

Post #9140567

Nice one, Jamie!

Could it be Boea hemsleyana?

http://gesneriads.ca/boea03.htm
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

May 27, 2012
12:15 PM

Post #9140637

Looks like you got it Olaf.
It sure is cute Jamie!
Lynn
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 28, 2012
11:14 AM

Post #9141933

Yes, Yes, Yes!!! That is seed that I didn't think germinated for me and I had written off. Thank you so much Olaf- you are Amazing!!!
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 28, 2012
11:21 AM

Post #9141938

I can't find information about the Boea hemsleyana plant. How to propagate and grow? Does anyone know?
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 28, 2012
12:23 PM

Post #9142022

Amalyopyllon clarkii (sp?) in a terrauim, blooming tiny white flowers.
Sinningia, lost her name too,but she's still pretty to me.

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jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 28, 2012
12:30 PM

Post #9142024

Here's a Sinningia that I got from Olaf at some point and don't have labeled either. Do you recognize this one Olaf? Thanks!

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 28, 2012
12:54 PM

Post #9142041

Thanks, Jamie!

Seems as though Boea generally want similar conditions as Gesneria.

The Miracle Houseplants says that they had good success in light mix with additional lime and relatively high humidity. Oh, and keep "very well watered at all times".

Can't find any more information than this.,,

Well, and the fact that you got flowers pretty much lets you know that you're doing something right... ;)

Olaf
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 28, 2012
1:01 PM

Post #9142052

Wow! That sure looks like a healthy bunch of Amalophyllon clarkii (aka. Phinaea USBRG 96-336).

As for the Sinningias: That speciosa is AWESOME and I have no idea what that mini could be. You sure that's from me? LOL
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2012
1:29 PM

Post #9142076

Jamie, that looks like my Blue Dandy,

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

May 28, 2012
2:11 PM

Post #9142139

I love the foliage on Amalyopyllon clarkii !

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

May 28, 2012
2:17 PM

Post #9142144

Jamie,
I emailed you an article about your plant.
jamiew
Montgomery, AL

May 29, 2012
1:36 PM

Post #9143620

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

May 29, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9143682

Glad you enjoyed it Jamie.That looks like one of David Harris' Ozark Sinns.Try going to davesviolets.com
and looking.
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #9144881

Sinningia araneosa, Achimenes erecta "Tiny Red", Sinningia 'Ozark Scentimental Journey', Sinningia eumorpha "Saltao" and cardinalis x eumorpha "Saltao", Primulina USBRG 98-083

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2012
10:21 AM

Post #9144886

Kohleria 'Green Goblin', 'Bach' and 'HCY's Jardin De Monet'

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bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #9144889

Sinningia 'Mighty Mouse' and Codonanthe carnosa

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