All About Gesneriads: Great information!

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All About Gesneriads

By threegardeners
August 3, 2011

The plants of this group are among the best houseplants for a constant stream of blooms and ease of growth. Do you grow Gesneriads? If so, please share your photos and experiences in the comments section after the article.

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Name: Lin
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Aug 3, 2011 6:56 AM CST
Lee Anne: Thank you for another great little article about the wonderful Gesneriad family of plants. The only "Gessie's" that I still grow are a couple of Chirita's and a Lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus). I have a teeny bit of the Streptocarpella left ... it was beautiful until about a week ago when I hung it in a backyard tree and the squirrel's got to it! Grumbling I repotted the chewed up bits that were left but it will be awhile before it's looking decent and blooming again. I can't seem to keep the larger Streptocarpus alive for long. I never could figure out why they didn't seem to thrive like the Streptocarpella.

Your African Violet 'Mac's Pizza Pizzacato' is really nice, I love the scalloped looking foliage on that one and the bloom is so pretty. It makes me think about buying and growing another African Violet or two! Big Grin

Thanks again for sharing great growing tips for these plants!

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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Aug 3, 2011 6:57 AM CST
Thanks Lin!

That African Violet 'Mac's Pizza Pizzacato' belongs to Steven who also shared some of his photos with me. It could make me try AV's too...

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