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By plantmanager on May 26, 2018 9:19 AM, concerning plant: Crassula (Crassula capitella 'Campfire')

This has been an amazing plant! It glows red with the cold, or when it gets lots of sun. It's easy to propagate. I just remove a piece and stick it back in the soil. It roots quickly. This is a perfect plant for sharing with friends, and for using as fillers in pots and in ground places that need a bit more greenery.

The only bad thing about my plant is that indoors it is prone to mealybugs. You have to stop them quickly, or you lose the plant. The mealybugs haven't been a problem with plants grown outdoors.

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By Bonehead on May 25, 2018 3:45 PM, concerning plant: Pole Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris 'Seychelles')

55 days to maturity. Yields heavy crops of slender, tender, light green, stringless beans. Grows 7-9 feet tall on trellis.

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By critterologist on May 25, 2018 10:58 AM, concerning plant: Salvia Rockin'® Deep Purple

Saw this plant at the Proven Winners booth at the 2018 Philly Garden Show and was very impressed (I Love Purple). Looked it up on the Proven Winners site and would like to correct a detail above... they say it does NOT need deadheading to flower all season long (probably because the blooms are sterile)

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By Australis on May 25, 2018 1:18 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Kiata 'Royal Velvet')

At minimum, this clone exists as a tetraploid (4N).

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By Australis on May 25, 2018 12:40 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Kiata 'Nightshade')

This clone exists in both diploid (2N) and tetraploid (4N) forms and is reported to be slow-growing and compact for a standard Cymbidium.

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By Australis on May 24, 2018 11:53 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Peter Pan 'Greensleeves')

This is a known tetraploid (4N).

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By Australis on May 24, 2018 10:56 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Phar Lap 'Yoshi Kage')

This is thought to be a natural tetraploid (4N).

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By Australis on May 24, 2018 10:55 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Phar Lap 'Geyserland')

This is a triploid (3N) that is known to occasionally produce seed when crossed with the right partner.

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By Australis on May 24, 2018 10:20 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Last Tango 'Geyserland')

This is a known tetraploid (4N).

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By Australis on May 24, 2018 10:13 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Lowmeralda 'Twist and Shout')

This is a diploid and a known alba carrier. It is one of Springfield Orchids' breeding plants and is occasionally available to purchase.

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By Australis on May 24, 2018 10:13 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Lowmeralda 'Graceful Anna')

This is a diploid and a known alba carrier. It is one of Springfield Orchids' breeding plants and is occasionally available to purchase.

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By DogsNDaylilies on May 24, 2018 4:30 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Lights of Detroit')

I absolutely LOVE this flower's form, but it is really a difficult plant to hybridize with! I've tried hybridizing it as both a pod and pollen parent many times and it produces a lot of squishy seeds and the pollen is nearly impossible. I have managed a few seeds with it from sheer persistence, but viability of the seeds remains to be seen.

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By DogsNDaylilies on May 24, 2018 4:23 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Karen Stephens')

The blooms on this one are such a gorgeous, deep red, I found myself wanting to hybridize with it a lot. Pollen is good, although I don't have enough data handy to comment on how good.

She might be a little on the tender side up north. It looks like I lost her over this past winter, but I did pickaxe her from a northern garden, so she might have perished for other reasons.

Edited to add: I wasn't meaning to be funny on that last line..."pickaxe" is supposed to read "pick;" but, for once, auto-correct changed my word to something that was far more appropriate and hilarious. I'm leaving it. :)

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By DogsNDaylilies on May 24, 2018 4:18 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Ginger Cookie')

This daylily is a very fast multiplier for me here up north. It also takes pollen very well when hybridizing. (I have not used it much, if at all, as a pollen parent, so no data there.) Cute blooms with a somewhat unique coloring. Dark green foliage.

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By HollyAnnS on May 23, 2018 11:10 PM, concerning plant: Dwarf Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum humile)

Excellent plant for small pots and mini-gardens. Self seeding and overwinters in pots.

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By scvirginia on May 23, 2018 7:38 PM, concerning plant: Southern Currant (Ribes curvatum)

Ribes curvatum is commonly called Granite Gooseberry, or sometimes Georgia Gooseberry.
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By Dutchlady1 on May 23, 2018 6:16 PM, concerning plant: Plumeria (Plumeria rubra 'Safari')

This Jungle Jack cultivar is very compact growing.

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By DogsNDaylilies on May 22, 2018 10:08 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Thorhalla')

Thorhalla *seems* to be taking pollen from tetraploid parents. I will try to confirm this as time goes on, but I spent the beginning of last season thinking Thorhalla was tet and pollinated with tet pollen, only to realize my mistake, but still end up with seeds. (So far, I got seeds from Thorhalla that had pollen parents Duck's Dark Side and from Aerial Applique.) I'll only know for sure if/when the seedlings grow out and I can see if the seedlings resemble their supposed pollen parents.

If anyone else has Thorhalla and wants to run some tet crossing experiments, please let me know how it turns out for you!

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By lauribob on May 22, 2018 7:52 AM, concerning plant: Lilac (Syringa Bloomerang® Purple)

This dwarf lilac blooms on old wood in the spring and reblooms on the new growth created after the first bloom. For the best rebloom, water it well, but make sure it has good drainage and plenty of sun. Fertilize in early spring and again after the first bloom. Any pruning should be done immediately after the first bloom. This will delay the second bloom by a few weeks. Pruning in fall, winter, or early spring will remove the buds for the spring bloom.

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By tabbycat on May 22, 2018 7:47 AM, concerning plant: peanut cactus (Echinopsis chamaecereus)

I called mine Rat Tails for years but when it flowered red instead of yellow as I'd seen in pictures I determined it was Peanut Cactus. It grows to about 12" long sending out 1" to 4" branching all along sides that sometimes drop to make new plants & fill a pot in about a year. So easy to care for. Too much sun makes it turn bronze color so it only needs filtered sunlight & bright light to bloom.

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