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By longk on Feb 27, 2017 12:18 PM, concerning plant: Puya (Puya mirabilis)

Mine took about three years from seed to bloom here in the UK.

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By longk on Feb 27, 2017 12:02 PM, concerning plant: Chilean Box Thorn (Vestia foetida)

Very easy from seed and hardy to about -10°c. The blooms appear at the ends of last years growth.

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By longk on Feb 25, 2017 2:29 AM, concerning plant: Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)

I've grown and bloomed this here in the UK and it is not as difficult as its reputation suggests if you follow the basics - keep it moist, give it plenty of humidity, shade and heat. One trick to encourage blooms is to dribble water daily into the leaf axils allowing it to collect in there during the summer.
One thing to bear in mind if you do grow it indoor or under glass - they do get very large! Mine was five feet across when I got rid of it.

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By Australis on Feb 24, 2017 8:40 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Robin 'Freckles')

This particular clone is known to be a tetraploid (4N).

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By Australis on Feb 24, 2017 6:06 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Ophrys x delphinensis)

Not listed in the RHS register but is recognised as a natural hybrid by KEW: http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/named...

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By robertduval14 on Feb 24, 2017 12:41 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Meiracyllium trinasutum)

Besides the purple form, there is also a white form of this flower that is not recognized as a separate species.

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By csandt on Feb 24, 2017 7:55 AM, concerning plant: Camellia 'April Rose'

I have been growing April Rose for nearly eight years in an eastern exposed zone 6b garden immediately adjacent to my house. After mild winters, e.g., 2015-16, the foliage has remained a beautiful dark green and the flowers abundant and beautiful. After brutally cold winters, e.g., 2014-15, the foliage has burned. In cool springs, e.g., 2016, the flowers have been abundant, beautiful, and long-lasting. However, hot weather has turned the flowers to ugly brown mush. I love this camellia because when conditions are right, it is spectacular!

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By csandt on Feb 24, 2017 7:51 AM, concerning plant: Camellia (Camellia japonica 'April Kiss')

I have been growing April Kiss for nearly ten years in an eastern exposed zone 6b garden immediately adjacent to my house. After mild winters, e.g., 2015-16, the foliage has remained a beautiful dark green and the flowers abundant and beautiful. After brutally cold winters, e.g., 2014-15, the foliage has burned. In cool springs, e.g., 2016, the flowers have been abundant, beautiful, and long-lasting. However, hot weather has turned the flowers to ugly brown mush. I love this camellia because when conditions are right, it is spectacular!

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By Marilyn on Feb 22, 2017 7:55 PM, concerning plant: Coral Bells (Heuchera 'Canyon Belle')

Heuchera 'Canyon Belle' was introduced by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

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By eclayne on Feb 22, 2017 11:33 AM, concerning plant: English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Schola')

Known by several names, this is a creation of Mrs. Joan Schofield.
'Schola' PBR23/111 application date 1992; PBR LAV 00001 application date 1993
Blue Cushion PP9,119 application date 1994
Lavandula Schola PBR1710 application date 1995

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By CarolineScott on Feb 22, 2017 9:20 AM, concerning plant: Navelwort (Omphalodes nitida)

The first leaves are not the typical navel shaped.

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By HemNorth on Feb 22, 2017 2:34 AM, concerning plant: English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Schola')

In the High Country Gardens website, it states:
"Blue Cushion English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Blue Cushion' or Lavandula angustifolia Schola) is a profuse bloomer from late spring to late summer. Blue Cushion forms a compact mass of deep blue flowers which lighten to pale blue as they mature."

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By Merloo1 on Feb 21, 2017 8:03 PM, concerning plant: Hosta 'White Feather'

I live in Zone 8b and am 2 blocks from the ocean. I don't have shade where I would like to plant this, but the temperature rarely gets above 75 and the ground gets full of moisture each night with the dew reaching 2nd story windows. Is this temperate enough to plant these successfully?

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By farmerdill on Feb 21, 2017 4:10 PM, concerning plant: Spinach (Spinacia oleracea 'Correnta')

Dark green long standing smooth leaf cultivar that does well here in Georgia. More reliable than savoy leaf types. Resistant to Downy Mildew.

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 21, 2017 2:30 PM, concerning plant: Mexican Boulder (Calibanus hookeri)

One of two species in this strange Mexican genus which may be merged with Beaucarnea based on DNA evidence. Both grow a wide, low, half-buried, woody stem (the "boulder" of the epithet) topped and hidden by tufts of long, wiry, grass-like leaves, which have been used by indigenous people. A bit messy in appearance and very slow to reach its full potential size. Hollows in the caudex, a nice protected area, often support animal life in nature. Separate male and female individuals. Hypogeal germination. Lifting the caudex early (before 10 years or more) is not recommended. The interesting hybrid "Lotusland" (named after its place of origin) may be with Beaucarnea and has an intermediate phenotype.

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 21, 2017 1:57 PM, concerning plant: Euphorbia (Euphorbia anoplia)

Clumping columnar green Euphorbia. Close ally of Euphorbia polygona with red cyathia, spineless stems, and horizontal banding. Only known from cultivation.

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By Australis on Feb 20, 2017 11:23 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Rhyncholaeliocattleya Golden Sands (1975))

This is an unfortunate case of two separate grexes sharing the same name due to the reclassification of parent species and resulting hybrids.

Brassolaeliocattleya Golden Sands has become Rhyncholaeliocattleya Golden Sands (1970) and Potinara Golden Sands has become Rhyncholaeliocattleya Golden Sands (1975).

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By Australis on Feb 20, 2017 11:23 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Rhyncholaeliocattleya Golden Sands (1970))

This is an unfortunate case of two separate grexes sharing the same name due to the reclassification of parent species and resulting hybrids.

Brassolaeliocattleya Golden Sands has become Rhyncholaeliocattleya Golden Sands (1970) and Potinara Golden Sands has become Rhyncholaeliocattleya Golden Sands (1975).

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By Baja_Costero on Feb 20, 2017 1:05 PM, concerning plant: Euphorbia (Euphorbia polygona)

This South African columnar succulent, which may be globose when young, resembles a cactus. Forms in cultivation tend to offset a lot over time near the base. E. polygona (red cyathia) has 2 close relatives: E. anoplia (red cyathia) and E. horrida (green cyathia), and is often confused with the latter, but can be distinguished by the color of its cyathia.

To favor a more solitary growth habit, remove offsets regularly. If propagation is your aim, do this when they are still small (so they're not all packed in together and hard to separate), but after they have grown roots (maybe at 1/4 the width of the mother plant) so they are independent when they are separated. Stem cuttings can also be easily rooted. Avoid any contact with the white sap (extreme irritant), and wait a week or more after breaking up a clump to water.

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By plantladylin on Feb 20, 2017 12:33 PM, concerning plant: Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) is a compact, single trunk palm native to the rainforests of Mexico and Guatemala. It attains heights of 4 to 6 feet in bright, semi-shady, moist locations and as the lower fronds die and fall off, the attractive green stem comes into view.

The Parlor Palm is a popular house plant, often sold as groups of seedlings or small plants, close together in the container. It is a slow growing palm and more drought tolerant that other varieties. Although the Parlor Palm prefers the bright light and medium humidity levels of rainforest conditions, it seems to adapt very well to the lower light and lower humidity situations found in homes and offices. The plant should be kept away from direct sun which will burn the foliage. Although the flowers are not very interesting, if they plant is provided enough bright light, it may produce a panicle of yellow flowers in the spring.

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