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Blue Ginger (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora)

posted by: cagary on 10.25.2008 at 10:40 pm in Tropicals Forum

Not in the ginger family at all, but does real well here in southern California in protected areas. I have some in the ground and in pots.

Any other growers?



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Blue Ginger

posted by: cynthiainsouthfla on 05.26.2010 at 04:52 pm in Tropicals Forum

Has anyone grown this successfully? I'm in South Florida and want to try it in a new tropical shade/dappled sunlight garden I'm working on.


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RE: mercer swap (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: beachplant on 03.17.2014 at 05:05 pm in Texas Gardening Forum

April 26th
of course I am going, how else do I get rid of all this stuff?????
and bring home stuff I have no room for, don`t need and already have 32 of?
Tally HO!

Here is a link that might be useful: Plantmeet


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RE: HAVE: Flower Bulbs (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: piksi_hk on 03.19.2014 at 11:49 am in Plant Exchange Forum

I'm interested in your dutch iris bulbs; I don't have plants you are wanting but have some seeds that may interest you.
Asian veggie: angled luffa gourd; winter melon; bitter melon
I do have a rooted seedling of the Passi caerulea, crocosmia (red/orange with yellow throat), crinum Americanum; wild violets; spiderworts, etc. LMK


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Have:Clematis for trade

posted by: erin08 on 03.04.2013 at 10:09 am in Clematis Forum

New growth is showing and I have multiple plants of the each:
-Madame Julia Correvon
-Plena elegans
-Polish Spirit
They've been growing in gallon pots.

Let me know what you have to trade.


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HAVE: Canna for postage or trade

posted by: piksi_hk on 04.05.2013 at 11:52 am in Plant Exchange Forum

I have 3 types of canna ready to ship (trade fell though) for postage. I will take Paypal.

canna - tall yellow (Richard Wallace, I believe)
canna- Cleopatra
canna- dark leaf with red blooms

If trading, I'm interested in bulbs, clematis, vines & others that will survive in zone 9.


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P. caerulea - invasive!

posted by: piksi_hk on 10.02.2012 at 03:49 pm in Passiflora Forum

I grew this from seeds and they are sprouting up everywhere (been pulling them out from lawn). It is a monster!!! This is the second year for it. Someone should have warned me...

I plan to chop it down soon.


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Fish pepper?

posted by: piksi_hk on 10.02.2012 at 03:44 pm in Hot Pepper Forum

I received some fish pepper seeds but the plant that is growing is not variegated neither are the peppers. So the questions is: Do these revert back to green?

Also I sowed some Bhut J. but they never germinated. Does anyone have extra seeds to trade (don't have peppers, but flower seeds) or postage.

DH loves hot peppers so I'm trying to obtain different ones for next spring; if you have any suggestions, please LMK. Thanks.


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RE: General Sikorski - first year in ground, cut way back? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: sandyl on 02.28.2012 at 04:57 pm in Clematis Forum

Hi Ginny
I would cut-em and not look back. The more you prune the more stems in the future you will have. I have 25 or more any where from 2 years to 10 plus years and I am the queen of pruning. I have been know to cut some down to ground level on purpose, and they do nothing but come up with more and more new shoots. I have a polish spirt that is probably 3 or 4 years old and it has been in a pot up until I planted it late October last year.It had done great in its pot and was 10 feet or more tall last year and was covered in blooms. It had about 6 vines on it when I transplanted it last year and I cut those down to about 6" and then I buryed most of those when I planted it deeper during transplanting. Looked at it over the weekend and I has 10 or more new 2" tall dark green health stems coming from the ground now.. It should be gorgeous this year. I have a group #2 some times I will cut 1/2 of it's stems down to the ground just to make it put out more stems and leave the other 1/2. I have a Ramona that is probably 10 years old and she is a group 2 and she has 20 or more vines on her right now. I have an Asao which is group 2 and she always puts out new shoots from the ground wether I prune her of not. I Always try to prune some of the vines and I also try to leave some on the 2's for the early blooms. My Ms bateman is coming on strong right now, I just clean her up a bit, not much pruning required on her and she will have probably close to a 100 blooms on her, she's a early girl for me. My Jackmanni right now probably has 15 to 20 new stems come up as well as Nelly Moser, Ms. Thompson has probably 6 new stems on her.


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RE: Alfalfa tea question (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: gardengal48 on 03.11.2012 at 07:17 pm in Clematis Forum

Understand that alfalfa tea, Epsom salts and fish emulsion all supply plant nutrients (i.e., they are fertilizers). Whether you need them singly or in combination depends a great deal on your existing soil conditions and how well your plants are growing. As an example, a garden with good soil conditions and one that receives liberal and frequent doses of a good organic mulch may never require ANY supplemental fertilization.

I've have never found any documentation other than anecdotal reports that Epsom salts supplies anything of significant merit (very few garden soils are magnesium deficient) so that's one I'd skip. The alfalfa tea is good organic source of nitrogen and also contains a natural growth hormone that can encourage additional stem development -- it can't hurt if applied in moderation. I used to raise rabbits and used their manure - partially digested alfalfa - in much the same manner to great effect. But it is not a product you should continue to apply throughout the season, whereas you could certainly do so with the fish emulsion or any other multipurpose liquid fertilizer.

Typically, the recommendation is to fertilize clems at the same time you prune them which is right about now :-)

FWIW, alfalfa tea will ferment and become anaerobic if made in large batches and stored and it has minimal effect as a foliar spray. Make what you need now as a soil drench and wait to make up more until you need it. You can also mash up the alfalfa pellets and apply them dorectly to the soil in spring or at planting time. Alfalfa begins to decompose very quickly and can generate a lot of heat when it does so be sure to keep the pellets away from tender roots. This is not a concern with the tea.


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Alfalfa tea question

posted by: GreenHavenGarden on 03.11.2012 at 10:03 am in Clematis Forum

Hi all! I bought a 50lb bag of alfalfa pellets. I am planning on making the tea. I have read numerous threads and am still confused about wether or not I should add Epsom salts and/or fish emulsion. Can someone explain the reason for the extra ingredients. I don't mind adding them I just want to know why.
Also, I gather that the time to use the tea is when you would normally fertilize. My problem is that this is my 1st spring with a garden and I don't know when to fertilize in my zone 6 garden. It's been unusually warm here, everything is growing, buds are on most of my clematis and the weather has it in the 60-70s next week. Should I use some soon or wait.
Finally, if I make large batches, how long can I store any leftovers for using to spray on the leaves?
Thanks in advance for any help. I'm a complete newbie and kind of lost even after searching through threads!!


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