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RE: Colorful plants? Do you have any? Show and tell time. Pics:) (Follow-Up #151)

posted by: snappyguy on 10.29.2012 at 01:38 pm in House Plants Forum

Here are some of mine:

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Primulina dryas 'Hisako'

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Episica 'Silver Dust'

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Columnea hirta 'Light Prince'

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Gloxinella lindeniana

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Episcia 'Ember Lace'

Mark

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These plants are awesome!
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RE: Post your African Violet pictures here! (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: Jshwartzer on 10.30.2012 at 04:13 pm in African Violets Forum

This is Optimara Georgia. It was given to my mom last year as a gift. I kept it healthy enough on her windowsill these past several months, that we were rewarded with nice blooms. I feed this plant with a very diluted 20-20-20 almost every time I water. The window is a northerly exposure, and gets mainly indirect bright light. Seems happy there. (The plant was moved onto a table in direct sunlight for purposes of the photography, only).

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WANTED: Named African Violet Leaves (or babies)

posted by: Jshwartzer on 10.19.2012 at 01:32 pm in Plant Exchange Forum

I just re-started a collection. I wonder if anyone out there would like to trade a few named AV leaves. I have available: Ethel's Wildside, Blue Mist, Wild Orchid, and Amour Elite. I live in the Boston area, and it's getting colder, so it would need to happen soon. Please let me know.
Thanks. Joe

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RE: WANTED: Wanted: Volkmann African Violets (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Jshwartzer on 10.19.2012 at 01:28 pm in Plant Exchange Forum

Hi Judith,
I don't have Volkmanns. I just re-started a collection. I wonder if you'd like to trade a few leaves. I have available: Ethel's Wildside, Blue Mist, Wild Orchid, and Amour Elite. I live in the Boston area, and it's getting colder, so it would need to happen soon. Please let me know.
Thanks. Joe

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RE: Newbie - Just Want to Talk (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: aegis500 on 10.12.2012 at 11:28 am in African Violets Forum

The violets you purchased at LOWES are, undoubtably, from the Optimara line.

Optimara stopped labeling their violets for retail sale at some point, because of mis-labeling complaints.

You can go to the Optimara site and see if you can find a Violet that matches what you've got.

I bought unlabeled violets from LOWES also, and after researching Optimara's and other sites, determined that I had ...

Optimara Hiroshige
Optimara Rhapsodie Cora
Optimara Rhapsodie Susi

... along with some others that I didn't quite nail down.

I named those violets myself and enjoyed them non-the-less.

Here is a link that might be useful: Optimara Identification Site

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Optimara ID site link at bottom.
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RE: Petunia Propogation Question (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: purpleinopp on 08.28.2012 at 11:42 am in Plant Propagation Forum

I've never done this except with Begonias and African violets, but there's excellent info and diagrams here.

I've also had good luck with stem cuttings but bad luck with some kind of Petunia-killing disease in this yard.

Here is a link that might be useful: Plant Propagation article at NCSU

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I clipped this post specifically for the link at the bottom! GREAT INFO.
clipped on: 10.12.2012 at 09:30 pm    last updated on: 10.12.2012 at 09:31 pm

Easy Propagation Chamber

posted by: little_dani on 10.05.2005 at 08:34 pm in Plant Propagation Forum

I make a little propagation chamber that is so easy, and so reliable for me that I thought I would share the idea. I have not seen one like it here, and I did look through the FAQ, but didn't find one there either. I hope I did not miss it, and I hope I do not offend anyone by being presumptive in posting this here.

That said....

This is what you will need.
A plastic shoebox, with a lid. They come in various sizes, any will do.


Soil less potting mix, half peat, half perlite, or whatever is your favorite medium.
A little clay pot, with the drain hole plugged with caulking or silicone. If this is a new pot, scrub it with some steel wool to be sure it doesn't have a sealer on it. You want the water to seep through it.
Rooting hormone powder or liquid, or salix solution from the willow tree.
Plant material, snippers. I am going to pot some Plectranthus (a tall swedish ivy) and a Joseph's Coat, 'Red Thread'. I already have some succulents rooted in this box. I will take them out and pot them up later, DH has a new cacti pot he wants to put them in.
You can see here, I hope, that I fill the clay pot to the top with rain water, well water, or distilled water. I just don't use our tap water, too much chlorine and a ph that is out of sight.

I pour a little of the hormone powder out on a paper plate or a piece of paper, so that I don't contaminate the whole package of powder. And these little 'snippers' are the best for taking this kind of cuttings.


This is about right on the amount of hormone to use. I try to get 2 nodes per cutting, if I can. Knock off the excess. It is better to have a little too little than to have too much.
Then, with your finger, or a pencil, or stick, SOMETHING, poke a hole in the potting mix and insert your cutting. Pull the potting mix up around the cutting good and snug.

When your box is full, and I always like to pretty much fill the box, just put the lid on it, and set it in the shade. You don't ever put this box in the sun. You wind up with boiled cuttings. YUK!

Check the cuttings every few days, and refill the reservoire as needed. Don't let it dry out. If you happen to get too wet, just prop the lid open with a pencil for a little while.
This is a very good method of propagation, but I don't do roses in these. The thorns just make it hard for me, with my big fingers, to pack the box full. All kinds of other things can be done in these. Just try it!

Janie

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