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Aug 28, 2015 5:25 PM CST
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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I'm not known for my patience, but I hate to throw out a plant that's still growing. I picked up some shiny, black seeds when I was exploring the Roman ruins of Leptis Magna on a tour of Libya in 2005 and - ahem - forgot they were in my pocket until after returning home. I planted the seeds in pots, five germinated, I gave away two plants, I killed one of my three by overwatering, and the remaining two just made bigger and bigger bulbs. Finally, after TEN YEARS, one of the plants has bloomed. It's a Sea Daffodil (Pancratium) of some kind, I think.
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Aug 28, 2015 6:08 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
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I can beat that. I waited 20 years for my plumeria to bloom. Like yours, mine is sentimental, a NOID White. I knew that it did bloom once, so I never gave up hope. This is it's second year to bloom for me. Thumbs up
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Aug 28, 2015 6:26 PM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Oh my, my heart just stopped for a tiny second. We were in Libya in the Spring of 2006, Leptis Magna was one of the places we also visited.

But to answer your question, I did wait 5 years for my Cattleya skinneri to bloom. Once it finally did, it bloomed from there on year after year.
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Aug 28, 2015 6:32 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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Applause! You guys are great.

I can't hold a candle to your stories, but I lived in my current spot for a few years before sarting to make raised beds (wit sunken floors). While excavating clay, I turned up a bulb or two, and some pieces, and put them back where I found them after the bed was made.

A year or two later, something small happened, and the year after that I had a big, blooming lily.

Now I have a patch that I should have divided last year. Lavatera and blackberries have infested that area since then. Now I NEED to dig them up, uproot and burn the lavatera and #$%^# blackberries, and re-plant the bulbs.

I've been told this guy is
Lily (Lilium 'Black Out')

He sure is dark red! I gave one bloom to a barista around here, and she looked at it with GREAT suspicion and seeming trepidation.

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Aug 28, 2015 6:50 PM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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I waited for about two years for the Pride of Barbados that I started from seeds to bloom. It's finally started and I'm hoping for some more seed pods.
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Aug 28, 2015 7:06 PM CST
Name: Sondra
NE Houston, Texas (Zone 9a)
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I waited 5 years for this crinum to bloom. Summer Nocturne.
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Aug 28, 2015 7:35 PM CST
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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I have waited all spring and all summer for my pond lily to bloom, it never will, but was fun o see if it would!
I know zip about pond plants so I know know its not for me!
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
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Aug 28, 2015 8:57 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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I waited 4 years for my daylily seedlings to bloom.
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Aug 28, 2015 9:23 PM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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I just have some martagon lily sprouts---
I will be waiting years for them to bloom.
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Aug 29, 2015 12:19 AM CST
central Illinois
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7 years for Paw Paw trees.
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Aug 29, 2015 8:07 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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@hetty, I just shipped out a large cork slab, 12x28". I asked the guy (he's in Atlanta) what he was going to do with such a large slab and he said he had a huge C. skinneri and was going to mount it on the cork. Asked him to send a picture(s) when it was mounted and told him I would post it/them on ATP. I invited him to join. Thumbs up
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Aug 29, 2015 9:33 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
@Ken, will Hetty be able to find your post here? Maybe Treemail her?
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Aug 29, 2015 9:39 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
That should have been directed to @Ursula, Cheryl. She posted about her C. skinneri. Just another in a long-line of mistakes. Sighing!
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I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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Aug 30, 2015 5:00 AM CST
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Waited 12 yrs for daylily China Dawn to bloom. A few crinum along the same lines, some mystery bulbs, possibly amaryllis that have never bloomed. Would like some cooperation here! Stubborn things..mumbling under my breath, disgruntled exhaling, sighing and stomping. Glare
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Aug 30, 2015 6:54 PM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Give PEACE a chance!
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My Hoya kerri variegata took about 3 years to make blooms. A noid plumeria cutting took about 3 years too. Some paphiopedilum orchids of mine averaged 2 years to bloom, but now taking even longer.. Rolling my eyes.
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Aug 30, 2015 8:27 PM CST
Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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I think I've got you all beat ! Well, not me exactly. I got a text, with picture, from my son today. I'd given him a cactus 15 years ago and it just bloomed for the first time.
I can't even remember what it's called.
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Aug 30, 2015 8:41 PM CST
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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@orchidgal, I'd say that flower was well worth the wait!
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Aug 30, 2015 8:43 PM CST
Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
Annuals Foliage Fan Herbs Hibiscus Master Gardener: Florida Roses
Salvias Sedums Sempervivums Enjoys or suffers hot summers Ferns Dragonflies
I will probably have to ask him for a cutting -- I don't recall seeing that bloom in my garden !
“I was just sittin’ here enjoyin’ the company. Plants got a lot to say, if you take the time to listen”
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Sep 2, 2015 1:31 PM CST
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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We had a layover in the Amsterdam airport - where there happened to be plants for sale at the gift shop. Never seen this plant, Sprekelia Formosissima, so I picked up a package and planted the bulbs; that was 2003. They have NEVER bloomed!!!! Grumbling
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Sep 2, 2015 1:43 PM CST
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Betsy I had Sprekelia bloom shortly after I bought it and never again. Angry I traded it.

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