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By mjsponies on Aug 26, 2016 1:59 PM, concerning plant: Begonia (Begonia egregia)

Love, love this Begonia. Was a star in the greenhouse over winter and it's proven to be quite heat tolerant in summer. No wilting from heat, no spots on the leaves, no complaints. We've had a blistering summer and this Begonia has not missed a beat. So far I've had it in bright shade in a container. Taking cuttings and will try some in the ground.

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By courtneyjean on Aug 26, 2016 12:35 PM, concerning plant: Glossy Abelia (Linnaea x grandiflora 'Rose Creek')

When is the best time to trim these bushes?

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By KarenHolt on Aug 25, 2016 9:41 PM, concerning plant: Zinnia (Zinnia Zahara™ Double Salmon Rose)

These zinnias are outstanding. When they first bloom, they are truly a deep salmon rose color. The more they mature, the prettier they get. Even when they need to be cut, they are still pretty. You kind of hate to cut them. They perform much better in ground than in containers. I grew both this year. The blooms are at least an inch bigger if in ground. The bush size is also at least 6-9" bigger as well. They are definitely profuse. I live in OK and the heat here is incredible. This year we had 2 solid months of temps in the 90's with heat indexes of 115. The ones in ground performed beautifully. Container grown struggled even with me watering religiously. I honestly do not think pinching these is necessary. I did pinch one and didn't pinch the other for some reason. There was no difference in size and branching between the two for me. They have been blooming since June and now we are in the end of August almost. They are not letting up. Highly recommend these.

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By farmerdill on Aug 25, 2016 1:39 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'First Lady')

Introduced as an open pollinated alternative to Early Girl. Small salad-sized fruits of similar appearance, as is plant growth.

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By tx_flower_child on Aug 25, 2016 1:05 PM, concerning plant: Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Red oaks are beautiful trees but are susceptible to the potentially fatal Oakwilt disease. A certified arborist should be knowledgeable regarding this disease.

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By skylark on Aug 25, 2016 11:04 AM, concerning plant: African Evergreen (Syngonium podophyllum 'Holly M')

Mature leaves are very white with green margins and are more pointed than usual. It's a very full, suckering (non-vining) plant.

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By Australis on Aug 25, 2016 2:06 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Bethlehem Ridgeway)

At the time of writing, this hybrid is decades old (I have been told 50+ years) and may now only exist in the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. A photo of this hybrid can be found in the book "Growing Orchids" by Brian and Wilma Rittershausen.

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By bron on Aug 24, 2016 4:14 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis citrina)

Is it the case that there have been not registered offspring of Hemerocallis citrina?? Given its reputed fragrance that seems strange. Is it infertile??

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By Baja_Costero on Aug 23, 2016 12:40 PM, concerning plant: Agave (Agave 'Sharkskin')

Dark olive green to bluish green hybrid agave to about 3 feet wide with channeled leaves. Considered to be a natural hybrid between two Mexican species, A. nickelsiae (aka A. ferdinandi-regis, once a variety of A. victoriae-reginae) and A. asperrima. Inherits the rough skin of the latter (an inspiration for the name), the toothless margin of the former, and the slow growth rate of both. Offsets slowly via rhizomes. Enjoys extreme exposure and tolerates extended drought. Very similar to "Sharkskin Shoes", of the same presumed parentage. One common form found in cultivation was collected in Coahuila in 1971.

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By Baja_Costero on Aug 23, 2016 11:56 AM, concerning plant: San Diego Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus viridescens)

Barrel cactus from coastal Baja California (south to Bahia San Quintin) and San Diego County with greenish yellow flowers. Often found in rocky soil with a southwestern exposure. Habitat is foggy and mild. This cactus does not grow tall. Usually solitary but can form clumps. Size reaches about 12 inches wide. Young spines may be red to yellow but they fade to grey with age. Fruit is green to red, maturing to light yellow.

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By Dutchlady1 on Aug 23, 2016 5:30 AM, concerning plant: Plumeria (Plumeria rubra 'Pomelia Palermitana')

Also sometimes referred to as 'Pomelia Tonda', this is an old Sicilian variety.

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By anwprods on Aug 23, 2016 4:44 AM, concerning plant: Double Daffodil (Narcissus 'Bridal Crown')

Very healthy narcissus plants. Each year I grow the bulbs from China for Chinese New Year and share the flowers with everyone.

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By wildflowers on Aug 22, 2016 11:54 AM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Ananas Noire')

This was probably my most productive tomato growing this year, with tons of really large fruits. Unfortunately, the flavor wasn't all that impressive for us: kind of one-note sweet with none of the tang or acid that we like in tomatoes. They were juicy. Made most of the tomatoes into a canning sauce. These tomatoes also had very woody stems and large woody core; the fruits had to be cut from the bush.

The best thing about this tomato is how pretty it is to look at.

Not on our favorite list.

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By gardengus on Aug 20, 2016 4:06 PM, concerning plant: Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Sweet Pickle')

My first year with this pepper. it has been in a pot and has done very well. The colors are a pleasant addition to the table .
The fruits are small (3 inches), but very numerous. I am picking 3-4 peppers a week from one plant and there are still many more to come.
I have not added fertilizer; just good composted soil.
I would grow this pepper again.

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By Dutchlady1 on Aug 19, 2016 6:33 PM, concerning plant: Plumeria (Plumeria rubra 'Toba's Fire')

Registered with the Plumeria Society of America under no. # 470 on behalf of the Toba family.

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By Paul2032 on Aug 19, 2016 2:35 PM, concerning plant: Hosta (Hosta 'Hottsy Tottsy')

Hottsy Tottsy is a nice, bright golden-yellow, medium-sized hosta. Color stays bright all summer. In my garden it is a moderate grower , Good substance. A nice contrast to other hostas growng nearby. Well worth a spot in a shady garden.

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By robynanne on Aug 19, 2016 12:30 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Sweet Salad')

Thanks for adding this!
I got this tomato from a 2008 burpee package. It states origin, France, lot 1. No real information beyond that. It is delicious and sweet.

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By DogsNDaylilies on Aug 17, 2016 9:09 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Mynelle's Starfish')

I really like the bloom on this, but I wasn't all that impressed, overall, this first year. It should be said that most of my plants this year are shorter than they were last year and I'm not entirely certain why, but Mynelle's Starfish was VERY short...maybe 4" tall, and sat tucked away in the foliage so that it was difficult to know when it was blooming. I think it had a total of 2-3 blooms this first year. It didn't set a pod on the bloom I pollinated, but that isn't much to go on. I'll try to come back next year once I've tested its fertility (both ways) to a greater extent.

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By DogsNDaylilies on Aug 17, 2016 9:03 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Jungle Beauty')

This is a reliably blooming cultivar in my yard, with LOTS of buds that bloom across several weeks. It's extremely dark, but pictures have a hard time capturing its true color. It is nearly black but most photos make it look red. Its throat is green and its bloom is about an average size. Its first year (last year) it had canoe-shaped petals (and splotches?) the first week after planting, but then it improved. This year I don't recall any issue with any of the blooms. It's sunfast (in all-day sun in my yard), and it has nice, thick scapes, good petal substance (kind of waxy or velvety, depending on the weather, it seems), and lots of blooms. It's a keeper.

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By DogsNDaylilies on Aug 17, 2016 8:46 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Goose Rocks')

Goose Rocks is new to me this year and I was surprised that it bloomed at all. Its petals have a crepe-y texture to them and the blooms overall are a peachy color, but I did notice that today it faded to a light pink with an attractive raspberry-colored dot --- for lack of a better description --- at the ends of the petals and sepals. I'll have to keep an eye on it and see whether it does that again next year. Today was its last bloom. It was milder weather than normal (although sunny most of today with a thunderstorm mid-day), and it's still a new plant that's getting established, so for all of those reasons, I'm not assuming it normally fades unless I see it happen again next year. It does appear to be pollen fertile, but I've yet to determine pod fertility (I've only had a few blooms on it this first year, but none of them set a pod).

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