All Things Gardening forum: Does anyone grow Mimulus?

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
May 1, 2013 5:45 PM CST
I saw these at a nursery today ...they were...I can't think of an appropriate superlative. I just loved them. Do any of you grow them and under what conditions ?. I suspect the summer is to hot and dry here.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
May 1, 2013 5:47 PM CST
I started mine from seed, and yes, they like a bit of afternoon shade. They are gorgeous, aren't they?
Name: woofie
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woofie
May 1, 2013 5:50 PM CST
Oh yes! I love these little rascals! I grow them from seed, too. They do seem to prefer some shade. I've found them to be a bit short lived here. But Oh, so worth it!
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abhege
May 1, 2013 5:53 PM CST
Mine might live longer if I ever got them out of the four packs and potted up... Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: woofie
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woofie
May 1, 2013 6:16 PM CST
Oh yeah! That does help! Hilarious!
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 1, 2013 7:19 PM CST
I grow them as a shade annual.
This year from seeds,but I had trouble with one packet of pelletted seeds.
I start them under lights, but move them to a north window once they are growing.
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 1, 2013 7:44 PM CST
I started growing these last year and love them!

Mine are happy on the deck in bright light, but very little direct morning sun. Heat and humidity doesn't seem to bother them, and I water them no more often than many others. Smiling

Oh, and they're also pest-free here, and they're fast growers. Thumbs up

Last year. These self-seeded in my half barrel for this year. Yay!


I'm also growing Chilean Monkey Flower (Mimulus naiandinus) this year.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 2, 2013 9:03 AM CST
There are several varieties of mimulus.
There are the small flowers which almost look like they have faces, and were called monkey flowers.
There are plain single colour ones.
There are some larger flowered ones which are called mimulus maximus.
There are some perennial types too, but I have not grown those.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
May 2, 2013 9:07 AM CST
The pictures are Mimulus Mystic Mix. I have added pictures of Mimulus maximus to the data base. Thanks for the info Caroline. It is good to continue to learn.
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woofie
May 2, 2013 10:16 AM CST
I hadn't heard of the Mimulus maximus either. Ha! Love the name, and they are very nice, wow 2-1/2 inch flowers!. May have to try some next year.
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jvdubb
May 2, 2013 10:53 AM CST
I see Vesey's and Harris both carry the maximus. Putting it on the list for next year!
Name: Ginger
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gingin
May 4, 2013 1:48 PM CST
OH OH....those are soooo pretty Drooling Drooling
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