Photo of Creeping Gloxinia (Lophospermum erubescens): How did you get it to grow like that?

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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Apr 24, 2014 6:54 AM CST
It's beautiful! How many plants? Did you do any pinching? What kind of fertilizer?
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 24, 2014 7:23 AM CST
Four plants in that white hanging container, as I bought it, so I really don't get credit for it. I don't know if it lived over the winter yet.

I didn't give it any food at all but did water it about twice a week.

This is the plant I bought so you can see why I only get the credit for keeping it alive through the year! Thanks for the compliments!
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jmorth
Apr 24, 2014 8:07 AM CST
Spectacular. I saw this listed in the Golden Harvest list of annuals and considered picking it as one of the 4 plants chosen from the last not a raffle raffle prizes.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Apr 24, 2014 8:20 AM CST
Wow, I've never seen these in my garden centers! Good thing I have seedlings, I guess... I was trying to decide how to plant them, and with what. I have two, so since you have four, I was thinking to fill in with something like portulacas or petunias, maybe, if they don't mind sharing space... Thanks for responding so quickly!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 24, 2014 9:08 AM CST
The minute I spotted it, I bought it. It was growing at a local mom and pop nursery and I love shopping there.

Here's one place that has it. I've dealt with them for many years and they are reliable. I just don't know if they have any left for 2014:
http://www.mischelsgreenhouses.com/Lophospermum-Lofos-Compac...

I think portulacas wouldn't want the moisture that the Lophos wants. At watering time it took half a gallon at a time! It got only morning and very, very late afternoon sun.

You're quite welcome. I enjoy helping out when I can.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Apr 24, 2014 9:21 AM CST
Oh, okay--maybe petunias, then. Thanks again!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 24, 2014 9:29 AM CST
Please post photos of it as it blooms.

I'm also in Zone 7a and would bring it inside (cut it back hard) in very early October to a sunny spot. Go very easy with the water as the weather gets colder and close to no water during winter - just a monthly cup should do it.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Apr 24, 2014 9:30 AM CST
Oh, okay--so they can overwinter? Do they drop leaves? Should they be cut back?
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 24, 2014 9:51 AM CST
Seriously cut back. That can't maintain that growth indoors. I'd cut it to 6" in height. They will still drop leaves since the bottom leaves are the oldest.
Name: Alana H
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poisondartfrog
Apr 27, 2014 6:35 AM CST
I'm zone 7a and I unearth the tubers in fall, put them in a paper bag and store them over winter in a cool dark room, starting them back into growth indoors in February.
They really take over once they get growing, lovesblooms. I'm not sure how any companion would fare.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 27, 2014 6:45 AM CST
Thanks for the good advice!
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Apr 27, 2014 10:40 AM CST
Oh, okay--well, they're also gorgeous alone, so I'm sure I wouldn't mind a take-over. I'll give them their own special pot, though, because I really want the black-eyed susan vines, too.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Feb 2, 2015 8:04 PM CST
I ended up growing mine up arches. They got a very slow start so not many blooms, but I enjoyed the foliage all season--they covered the arches with those gorgeous velvety leaves! I have seed for this year, so I'll start them earlier and hope spring is warmer--but not too warm for poppies!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Feb 2, 2015 8:14 PM CST
It must have been so lovely. Did you take any photos of it?
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Roses Salvias Seed Starter
Vegetable Grower Region: Mid-Atlantic
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lovesblooms
Feb 2, 2015 8:18 PM CST
Here's one:
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Feb 2, 2015 10:04 PM CST
Heavenly! You did a superb job!

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