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orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

September 18, 2012
7:56 PM

Post #9279506

Tonight found 15 blooms on three Oxypetalums hanging in my grapevines outback. Two buds still to bloom. It's rained hard all day and into the night. These pictures taken with my phone in the rain. I noticed no smell due to the rain. These are the third flush of blooms this year from these same plants. I think they are happy! bob

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tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 19, 2012
10:58 AM

Post #9280157

Excellent! I'd say that they are VERY happy!!! Gorgeous!
OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

September 19, 2012
11:28 AM

Post #9280183

I am surprised to see a couple of buds on my Oxy too! Very unusual for this time of year.
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 19, 2012
12:15 PM

Post #9280219

I'm anxiously waiting for mine to bloom for the first time. Received the cuttings about a year ago. Can either of you tell me at what age the plant may bloom?
orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

September 19, 2012
12:27 PM

Post #9280227

From leaf cuttings, usually four years minimum. I have had bloom after three years but that's very unusual. Put yours outside as long as temps are above freezing (no lower than 35). They enjoy cool. bob

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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

September 19, 2012
4:00 PM

Post #9280399

Tim, I think their roots like to be crowded before they bloom. Stem cuttings usually are a lot faster, but difficult to stabilize while rooting. I do agree with orchidmam1. They don't want to be houseplants, so keep them outside as long as you can without freezing. One issue you may have, that I don't, is summer rain. Mine live outside year round, but with the rains you folks on the East coast have been getting, you could have problems with root rot, if they aren't under some sort of protection. Mine hang under trees, so don't seem to suffer much. Of course, we only had 8" of rain last winter...nothing suffered from too much water. LOL!
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 20, 2012
9:00 AM

Post #9281063

Good info from you both, Thank you. I'll definitely keep the rain/watering in mind. Right now they are under the eaves on the SSW side of the house, and seem to like this area. Yes, we have had copious amounts of rain this Summer. Nice for a change. My water bill likes it! Thanks again.
orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 25, 2012
6:33 PM

Post #9342432

I was looking at my epies while preparing for freezing weather tonight. Here it is late November and I found a nice sized bud on my Mor Mor, It bloomed earlier this year (see attached picture). This bloom should be here by Christmas. What a wonderful gift for a gardener! bob

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gardenpaw
Brownstown, IN

November 25, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #9342506

Beautiful pictures and great advise!

Karen
ginger749

November 26, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #9343266

They sure look happy to me Bob. :-)



orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 28, 2012
7:02 AM

Post #9344551

In walking through my greenhouse last evening I decided to replace an overhead neon light. In doing so, I broke Off the bud on Mor Mor.. Needless to say, I am upset with my clumsiness. I wish I could say this was the first time but it isn't. Oh well.
ginger749

November 28, 2012
10:25 PM

Post #9345144

You really need to limit yourself to ONE glass of wine per night.
I did it 2 years ago.
And yes, it works for me.



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tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2012
4:01 AM

Post #9346022

Now THAT is my kind of glass! LOL! Love it, ginger!
orchidman1
Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 7, 2013
12:32 PM

Post #9378297

This weeks much colder nights caused some damage to my sclums. I have/had a nice Sambo Brazil growing with large buds. I had placed it in a back corner for protection and it is the only plant out of around 700 that got badly bitten by the colder temperatures. I guess my gas unit was not up far enough and that area got too cold. However, only one plant was hurt and t happened to be my favorite. I don't know if any life is left in it. bob

April Showers Epie
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Rhapsody616
Long Beach, CA

February 24, 2013
9:33 PM

Post #9430539

Keep up the good work! Beautiful
gardenpaw
Brownstown, IN

February 25, 2013
11:18 AM

Post #9431177

I sure hope your plant comes back for you.
Love your greenhouse!

Karen

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