Gesneriads forum: Eucodonia cutting

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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Oct 9, 2014 1:08 PM CST
The cutting was actually done by a grasshopper and there wasn't much to it. Less than two inches and mostly blooms and buds. But I stuck it in a 2 1/2" plastic pot where it continued to bloom and then began to form rhizomes at the bloom juncture. I've seen it do this once before. I expect it has rooted and rhizomes are forming under the soil as well. You can SEE these, though Smiling . This is why I get overrun with plants. I'm always taking broken pieces and salvaging them or collecting seeds and planting them. It's some sort of compulsive behavior, I think. Here's two photos of the cutting. One taken Sept 29 and one today Oct 09. There are two rhizomes, one larger and one much smaller. They sort look like tiny pine cones.
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Donald
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Oct 14, 2014 11:34 PM CST
Donald - I hear ya!! These plants seem easy to root so its hard to throw those pieces away!!! They really are cool though!!
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Apr 23, 2015 8:53 PM CST
Donald, can you really root a piece of Achimene and then that piece begin to form it's own rhizome?? I never tried that.
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Apr 23, 2015 9:56 PM CST
Yes. I usually end up with little pots with Eucodonia and Achimenes where pieces get broken off somehow. I just poke them in a bit of potting soil and keep them damp. Most of the time they start growing and in late fall when they go into hibernation they have made anywhere from one to five rhizomes. That's down in among the roots, not like this one. This noid Eucodonia is easy to root and makes rhizomes readily, but this is the first time it made them above the soil. I wonder if it didn't convert what would have been blooms to rhizomes as a result of being broken off. This ended up making five little rhizomes, but I let them dry up I think. I'm used to them being in the soil, not exposed to air. I've found it hard to give them away, so generally nowadays I don't bring them in and just let them freeze. I think I must be just a bit compulsive about salvaging the broken pieces. On the other hand, they do bloom and keep making new buds as they grow. Some varieties seem easier to root than others, but I don't take cuttings deliberately and the accidental pieces are in various stages of stress, different sizes and in different stages of growth before I see them so that may be a cause of the difference. Don't know, really.
Donald
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Apr 24, 2015 7:28 AM CST
Wow, thanks for that "Diamond" of info. I have just always thrown accidental broken pieces away. Never again! I'm gonna give your method a whirl my friend! Thank You!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Apr 24, 2015 5:22 PM CST
Donna, please keep us posted!! I have taken cuttings from my kohleria, and when I remember to water them, they do great nodding
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Apr 24, 2015 6:47 PM CST
Good heavens Donald, it just soaked in that you said you were letting those rhizomes freeze that you created from the broken pieces of Achimenes. Goodness, don't do that, there are most likely tons of us who would gladly pay the shipping and packaging to get those and then they could live on. Lol. No matter what color they were, they would still be beautiful. A shame to let them freeze.
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Apr 24, 2015 6:49 PM CST
Greg, I am certainly going to try this. If I have any luck, I will post it here. I don't think I know what kohleria is, do you have any pix??
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Apr 26, 2015 12:04 AM CST
Donna, here are a couple photos, this plant has a copperish color to the leaves, and fuzzy of course, very pretty!
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I tip my hat to you.
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Apr 26, 2015 7:33 PM CST
Oh my! They look a lot like Achimenes! My, I'm in love! Do they have rhizomes too???
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Apr 26, 2015 7:34 PM CST
Oh my! They look a lot like Achimenes! My, I'm in love! Do they have rhizomes too??? They are beautiful!!!!
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Apr 26, 2015 10:52 PM CST
Donna, it may, but its so overgrown that I haven't looked - and I've just taken stem cuttings when I've given any to friends. I just looked on Violet Barns website and these do have rhizomes.
I'll send you some if you'd like - treemail me and we can figure it out!
Thanks I tip my hat to you.
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)

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Gerris2
May 2, 2015 8:41 AM CST
The leaves and flower of Greg's plant resemble Kohleria to me. Love those fuzzy leaves and speckled flowers to die for.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
May 2, 2015 1:27 PM CST
Yes Joseph you're right it is Kohleria
:smily:
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling

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