This one just opened for me this morning...
One of my first to go from leaf cutting to bloom! Yay!
Photos I have seen of this one previously cannot do it justice!
Also... the leaf was received from a fellow DGer in trade... thanks Nichole!
Karen you've got some real beauties there !!! I love them all !!! I see another stand in my future alongside with grow lights. This addiction is in full gear again. I need to move the furniture out of the guest bedroom and make it into my plant room.
I noticed that all yours are blooming. I've not got any streps growing, but I'm sure they bloom like the Av's do don't they? I've not got too many blooms, and I have quite a few that are old enough to bloom. Lots of new blooms coming on though. What tricks do you have for getting them to bloom and please feel free to tell me if you see me doing something wrong!! I went into this big time real fast, and i'm winging alot of it.
I also have wood heat in my house, and the Av's dry out fast, especially the ones in the tiny pots. I do have them all in their own room, but I really like the idea of having them in the dining room like you do!!
Very nice kathy_ann! Thanks for sharing some of your photos! I bought my two shelves about five years ago, but I was only using one with lights until just before Christmas. My mature streps really spread out and I needed more room! The center two shelves are for showing off the bigger, blooming streps. The top two shelves are my nursery... with a lot of leaves down right now, and some smaller baby streps. Trying to get some stock up for Spring trades!
Our apt tends to be dry in winter and I am trying to decide how to add humidity around the plants. I really don't want to wrap the shelves with plastic!
Kathy_ann I've got one of those racks myself. Although mine is only 4 shelves. I need to get one with more shelves and figure out how to add a light to the top shelf. I will take some pictures tomorrow and post them here.
Karen why not used the trays with pebbles at the bottom. This has been my method for a couple of years now and seems to work well for all of the AVs and by the way Karen; where can I get S. Shashenka and S. Wow !!! They are absolutely stunning !!! All beautiful but those are show stoppers.
So here is what is blooming for me today:
1. Canterbury Surprise with variegated leaves, first bloom.
2. Neil's Osage
3. Neil's McIntyre
My streps had been struggling throughout the summer months under flourescent lights in my garage but I think it was too hot for them. Now that I have moved them inside the house where it is cooler and under natural light on an east window, they seem to have begun to flourish.
Roly0217... I can probably share a leaf of Wow in Spring. My Sashenka I just tore back down to start again so it will be a while.
Jim... LOL... I'm spread pretty thin for demand on Little Furry Arctic Fox right now, but give me some time, OK? I can probably get a leaf from Mysticism in Spring.
I ordered three directly from Pavel Enikeeva at Demitris in the Ukraine last Spring. I really wanted Little Furry Arctic Fox and that was the only way I was going to get it. I also got DS-Little Plushy Arctic Fox and DS-Glamourous Night but they are very slow growers! I have several DS varieties and several of Piotr's (Wow's hybridizer in Poland). Sa'shenka is by another Russian grower whose name escapes me at the moment. Aside from a few true favorites by US growers, I think the Polish and Russian streps are better. They have stronger flower stems, thicker leaves, and larger flowers.
I've got a few blooms, nothing spectacular, and there are only a couple blooms on each that I'm showing here. the prettiest is the winter smiles!! it's smashing!! lol
Aca's red ember
Fisherman's paradise finally has a bloom!!
Thanks, I wonder, if it's the solid colored leaved AV's that have the spectacular blooms and the variegated ones, have more showy leaves than flowers? If this is so, I need more like winter smiles!! lol
Jan... Hehe! Thank you! And I am thinking of doing some crosses. I have been studying my blossoms and looking at all the parts when they fall off. Some of the newest varieties have strange pistils that I'm not sure will accept pollen.
Jim... B's Spectacular is very nice! I bought it directly from Rob's. A pretty forgiving variety...
Jan, are you talking about the shelf liner that came with the shelving unit? it's just a thin piece of plastic the same size as the shelf, kind of like a liner, I like it though, I don't have it on all the shelves, even though I do have one for each shelf. It does keep the light from shining through to the next shelf when I use those liners. keeps dirt and water that might drip from the bottom of a pot from falling down into the light fixtures too.
ill probally wait and get a big one from him at the show,they seem to save the bigger ones for the convention,i know the two i went,the ones they sent me right before the show were smaller then the ones they had there
Thought I would add a couple of pictures of plants blooming here at home. The first is an AV called 'Emerald Love' and the second is a Strep called 'Bristol's Psychedelic Sun.' The Strep came as a leaf in the last round robin and that leaf produced 4 plants, all of which are flowering right now.
I am very glad you did. I also am waiting for some S. 'Nightmare' to bloom. They came from a leaf in the round robin as well. I have had wonderful luck with the leaves from the swap. Thanks for participating. Looking forward to Spring to do it again.
Yes Kathy... Very easy to grow new streps from leaf cuttings. I've even had leaves in transit for ten days that I put down and had 100% success with. The secret is to keep the mix very light... to avoid the leaf rotting.
Does the time of year play a role in rooting your strep leaf cuttings? I seem to be having some real problems getting leaves to root in the past month or so and I am wondering if it is the time of year.
Jim, I have heard of others that use sphagnum with good luck... I just have not tried it yet. I do start Kohlerias in it though.
Carolyn, I'm not sure... I suppose it could. I have a number of leaves down right now and what I have found is that they are not showing babies as fast as my summer set, but there is far less rot this time... in fact, none! While they don't show babies as of yet, they are all rooted and all the mother leaves are still green and crisp. In summer, I would have babies within one month, but I also had about 25% of the leaves rot.
Rot does not always mean no roots or no babies...
So be sure to wait a bit, even after you see that a leaf is rotted.
You can get babies to come up even after the leaf goes away.
I generally leave the container under the lights for another couple of weeks before I give up.
Karen - when you start hybridizing, would you start a thread on it? I know it will take quite some time to go from pollination to seed to flowers, but this is something I have been interested in doing as well.
I know Carolyn and we will help you all we can :) Meant that has I have done it too many times myself. Heck, I received a Sinningia (Florist Gloxinia) years ago that was the most beautiful plant I had ever seen. It slowly died on me no matter how hard I was trying to save it. Well, little did I know they are grown from tubers and it was going dormant. I threw it away!! I wish there was a group like this back then.
Here is a pic of what the seed pod looks like on a strep. Pretty neat!!
I've seen it on there quite often from other sellers also. They all look so different when their young plants. I have tiger and Ann and grape slush, Picasso, pow wow. All are very heavily variegated av's. absolutely stunning when they r grown ups. :)
Lovely Earle!! I've seen that ever beautiful on ebay, it's a looker!!! Now Newtown quiet resolve i've tried to get my hand on a few times from bluemountainviolets, and lost the bid, it always goes high $$ Love that one!!
wrangler's green pastures
Wrangler's buckboard bounce
Wrangler's pink bandit
Wonderful blooming season and great pictures! So glad to see a blooming Playful Spectrum, I have a mystery plant that blooms just like PS but... the leaves have red reverse, which is totally non-PS. Any ideas anybody?
Thank you my friends. The sinningia came from Dave's Violets, truly a sinningia heaven. Not only the selection is incredible, the plants he sends are very nice, in bud or started blooming very soon. Although many plants are sold out very early but there are still so many beauties to splurge on. I'm thinking about coming back in the near future. Here is Scentimental Journey, a terrific bloomer
Welcome Lonnie,there's plenty of vendors to buy from ,there listed in the sticky at the top of this forum,but winter shipping is pricey.then there's ebay,then there's local av clubs that has there sales and there plenty in Texas.Maybe there's one in your area.Are you anywhere near the Norne(sp?) area.A friend told me there's a nursery there that sells av.s
Beautiful pics as always!! Thanks for sharing them everyone :) I have been busy cleaning mine up and have started propagating some for spring. Ground Hog didn't see his shadow so I am keeping my fingers crossed lol.