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Southwest Gardening: Attack of the popping Ruellia shrub!

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stephanotis
Queen Creek, AZ
(Zone 8b)

June 14, 2006
3:57 PM

Post #2389619

Well who knew that Ruellia pops its seed pods open like popcorn and sprays them all around when they get wet! My neighbor told me of this phenomenon, so of course I had to run right home and test it out this morning. Lo & behold, after I sprayed the bush for a few seconds I started getting hit from all sides by these little projectiles! When I bought the bush last year at HD, a woman in line warned me about them and said I probably didn't want it because it was very invasive and spreads like wildfire. Not so much that I have seen, but it still hasn't been in the ground all that long. There are about three baby volunteers so far, but after todays popcorn attack I think there might be many more in my future!
RODICAP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2006
4:04 PM

Post #2389642

Think about it. Getting plants for free. What more can you ask.
Transplant the seedlings someplace else or give them away or just pull them out. I wish mine will reseed more.
I love those plants that reseed themselves. I can never throw them away.
I try to find a place for them or I give them to my friends or neighbours.
In our harsh climate if it grows I keep it..


Good gardening


Rodica
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2006
4:04 PM

Post #2389643

Now I am going to have to buy one so I can try it out!! Sounds like something the young uns would love!!!
stephanotis
Queen Creek, AZ
(Zone 8b)

June 14, 2006
5:55 PM

Post #2389946

Well I'm perfectly willing to adopt out any seedlings that sprout up!
judyb
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2006
6:17 PM

Post #2390004

I think Ruellia is great. It's so bright and easy.

Cut off a stem with seed pods on it and put it in a bag. You will think you've got popcorn popping.
FrangipaniAz
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2006
7:53 PM

Post #2390281

I noticed that one day... time after time as I watered I was wondering what the popping noise was... I sprayed the plant and bent down to watch... and tada... popping seeds... I also noticed that if I picked them and held them in my hand in summer that they'd pop from the moisture... that was a surprise... lol...
Brittany
KactusKathi
Goodyear, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2006
8:55 PM

Post #2390498

I hate the stuff! It is very invasive...it is even growing up through the rocks on my walkway in the back yard. I keep pulling it up but DH loves the beautiful purple flowers so I don't let him see me do it. It's supposed to be the new thing for kids to put the seed pods in their mouths and let them shoot out when they pot! Of course, kids are not too smart as it could go the other direction!
stephanotis
Queen Creek, AZ
(Zone 8b)

June 14, 2006
9:36 PM

Post #2390634

Volunteer seedlings in stomachs?? Mwah ha ha ha... I'm a little on the evil side. Anyone for Pop Rocks and soda??
Turtleman
Glendale, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2006
10:11 PM

Post #2390732

think about it.. you squirted em wif water... they shot back... go figure huh?
stephanotis
Queen Creek, AZ
(Zone 8b)

June 14, 2006
10:34 PM

Post #2390786

But...but...I was only trying to cool them off!! Ingrates!!
EileenAZ
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2006
10:58 PM

Post #2390837

You got that right- they're ingrates and theyll descend upon you like you just won the powerball if you give them any leeway at all.
silvirtree
Gilbert, AZ

June 14, 2006
11:00 PM

Post #2390842

I tried your bag trick, Judyb, and all of the kids in the neighborhood are running around with bags full of popping Ruellia seeds now!! My little girl calls it firecracker bush.

If you hate invasive, try the pink and the white, I've never had either reseed,


Suzanne
kateintucson
Tucson, AZ

June 15, 2006
3:23 AM

Post #2391694

it is a great pretty little purple thing and does reseed with it's "popping" mechanism like crazy. the problem is whereever it springs up will need WATER. if you have a large space it is difficult to keep up with the watering needs. if anyone wants some come to my place - i have tons i could give away.
gemfire55
Mesa, AZ
(Zone 9b)

June 15, 2006
4:46 AM

Post #2392052

I've been trying to get them out of my flower bed in the front for about 10 years. I like them, just not in that bed. I keep pulling and digging them out but they just keep coming back.

Pam
honeywest
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 15, 2006
5:27 AM

Post #2392120

Now, I hear about Ruellia popping its seeds after getting
wet. It is 10:00 pm and way to late to check this out. I wish
my plants would spread like wild fire, I like the pretty purple
blooms. Free plants, and not weeds!
kateintucson
Tucson, AZ

June 15, 2006
12:41 PM

Post #2392542

honey, i live at grant/campbell. come get as many as you want.
honeywest
Tucson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 26, 2006
5:58 AM

Post #2434152

Kate, I'm on my way to your place for some pretty purple
plants. AND I'm dragging you back to see my kitchen.
Oh, my neighbor's cactus 'broke' the other day, so I've
plants pieces in my front yard. I serrated the bottom edges
a little before planting. Somewhere I heard or read about
doing this with octillo. I'd like to transplant some of my
mother's octillo. Want any? honey :)
p.s. the cactus may be some kind of night blooming thing.
We put santa hats on them in the winter...

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