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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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By Baja_Costero on Feb 20, 2017 12:15 PM, concerning plant: Euphorbia (Euphorbia horrida)

Frequently confused with a similar plant, E. polygona, which differs in several small ways but can be easily distinguished by its red cyathia (E. horrida cyathia are green).

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By helpmeguy on Feb 20, 2017 9:23 AM, concerning plant: Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus)

i am getting ready to start a garden does anyone have any garden seeds i could start with

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By HemNorth on Feb 19, 2017 7:37 PM, concerning plant: Dwarf Perennial Sunflower (Helianthus 'Happy Days')

In going through the Heleniums in the Database, I found a glaring error. On page 6 of Helenium entries, there is: Dwarf Perennial Sunflower (Helianthus 'Happy Days'). I thought, How could they possibly put a Helianthus in with all the Heleniums? Just yesterday I submitted two photos in the Helianthus category of 'Happy Days'.
So I returned back to this category, and there it was: "Also Sold As 'Helenium Happy Days' ".

One can certainly find strange entries in the Database.

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By Australis on Feb 19, 2017 5:09 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cattleya x schilleriana)

This particular hybrid has had many names. The earliest RHS entry is that of the naturally-occuring plant in 1857. It appears to have been remade and registered in 1898. Due to the continuing reclassification of one of the species involved, it has been in four other genera: Brasicattleya, Hadrocattleya, Laeliocattleya and Sophrocattleya.

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By Australis on Feb 18, 2017 12:59 AM, concerning plant: Bird Beak Orchid (Oncidium ornithorhynchum)

Oncidium pyramidale is now considered a synonym of Oncidium ornithorhynchum. The pink flower often labelled the latter is apparently NOT either of these, according to this source:

For the commonly mislabelled pink flower, see Orchid (Oncidium sotoanum)

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By lilpod13 on Feb 17, 2017 9:03 PM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Copatonic')

What I like about Iris: our Copatonic had it's first flower open today (February 17) and now joins Drinks at Sunset as being open way too early and Edith Wolford will be doing the unthinkable by this weekend. But I digress. Why I love bearded Iris: at a time when our nation has become more divided at any time during my lifetime, I can count on Iris to be non-partisan and/or non-denominational. They might misbehave, like flowering at the wrong time of year (as per my opening remarks), even worse not flowering at all or at times opening mal- or deformed blooms, but when they do cooperate and go on full display there is no way to look at this gift from mother nature without bringing a smile to your face and invoking a memory of a masterpiece from the Orsay museum in Paris.

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By Marilyn on Feb 17, 2017 8:28 PM, concerning plant: Cundinamarca Sage (Salvia gachantivana)

This tall long blooming beauty is from Colombia. It's a water loving salvia, so keep that in mind if you decide to grow it. If grown in a container, it's going to need a larger container than a 3 gallon pot. I've thought about growing it, but with our hot and sometimes lengthy dry summers, I might have to give a lot of thought to it if I want to grow it. A plus for it is that it attracts hummingbirds.

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By Strever on Feb 17, 2017 1:05 AM, concerning plant: Podophyllum 'Galaxy'

Plants Delight where Galaxy comes from says
"Podophyllum 'Kaleidoscope' was introduced in 2002 as a selection from a Japanese nursery. We went back to the original Japanese nursery for plants, and while we can't call it Podophyllum 'Kaleidoscope', we also can't tell any difference between this and the patented seedling. The original plants came from China so, although we initially assumed it to be a hybrid, it may in fact be an unnamed mayapple species."

it is the same as Kaleidoscope

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By Australis on Feb 16, 2017 2:01 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Valerie Absolonova 'Salinas Sunset')

This is a known tetraploid (4N) and is used by Pakkret Floraculture in a number of their hybrids.

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By Australis on Feb 16, 2017 1:55 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Valerie Absolonova)

This grex exists as both 3N and 4N strains. According to information on the New Horizon Orchids (NHO) forums, the 3N strains were from Milton Carpenter and are not fertile, whilst the 4N strains ('Salinas Sunset' being an example) originate from NHO and have been used extensively in further heat-tolerant breeding.

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By psa on Feb 15, 2017 10:02 PM, concerning plant: African Violet (Saintpaulia 'Oh Melba')

Pinwheel chimera with large pink bloom, variable center purple stripe, some purple fantasy. Medium-dark green quilted standard.

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By psa on Feb 15, 2017 9:55 PM, concerning plant: African Violet (Saintpaulia 'Redoubled')

1-2" frilled double pansy burgundy blooms on well-branched inflorescence. Quilted, medium-dark green, large standard. Very showy.

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By Marilyn on Feb 14, 2017 10:52 PM, concerning plant: Stokes' Aster (Stokesia laevis 'Traumerei')

Jellito Perennial Seeds introduced this beauty in 1990.

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By Frillylily on Feb 14, 2017 6:19 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Classy Cast')

This bloom has pretty color, but did not open well for me and I parted with it for that reason.

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By GardenQuilts on Feb 13, 2017 2:30 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Baby Blanket')

I have grown this rose for several years. I like it, but it wasn't what I expected. It sends lots of long, thin, prickly canes that take off in all directions rooting wherever they touch ground. The longest canes were 8-12'.

I have moved three times in the past 4 years. Baby Blanket and its progeny have survived. I am going to try growing them as climbers against a chain link fence - I hate chain link fences, so I am covering them in flowering vines.

I will hopefully return with beautiful pictures later this season.

I have seen 'Baby Blanket' sold as a standard. It would be a beautiful, weeping, flowering standard rose.

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By GardenQuilts on Feb 13, 2017 11:10 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa carolina subsp. carolina)

I bought this rose from Lowe's. It was in the "native plants" section in a pale green plastic pot, not the rose section. It is growing on its own roots "au naturel", of course. (I am not a fan of "branding" roses and putting them in matching plastic pots, but happy to see roses other than knockouts for sale)

I planted it late in the season then dug it up the next season. It is in a pot waiting to be planted in my new garden. It hasn't bloomed, yet, but it is setting buds.

This year has been a warmer than average winter. My potted relocated roses appreciate it, but I worry about spring frosts.

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By Australis on Feb 12, 2017 9:21 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Brassolaeliocattleya)

The vast majority of hybrids in this genus have now been reassigned into genera such as:

- Rhyncholaeliocattleya
- Rhyncattleanthe
- Rhynchobrassoleya
- Cattleya
- Brassocattleya
- Brassocatanthe

etc. This is not an exhaustive list.

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By nmumpton on Feb 12, 2017 12:11 PM, concerning plant: Pendulous Yucca (Yucca gloriosa var. recurvifolia 'Margaritaville')

I have looked everywhere for this Yucca recurvifolia 'Margarita' and can not find it available anywhere. Does anyone know where I can buy this Yucca?

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