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May 26, 2016 9:15 AM CST
I just wanted to pop in and say hi! I was a regular on the Gesneriad board at that other site for years, but life picked up pace and I had to give up all my plants. Five years later, things are settling down a bit and I'm trying to get back to growing gessies. I hoped to find an active board, but looks like interest has waned greatly over the years.
I hope to catch back up with old friends and meet new ones here. I'm starting from ground zero in building a Gesneriad collection again, but I'll post pictures as I get new things. I'm going to sow a bunch of Strep and Sinningia seeds today, so maybe I can keep you posted on those, if anyone is interested in my adventures.
May 26, 2016 9:21 AM CST
|I love to see the photos. I hope you post them. |
May 26, 2016 9:26 AM CST
|Hi Donald! Nice to meet you! Are you interested in seed-sowing pictures or just flowers? Unfortunately, the only flowering plants I have now are two store-bought AVs, but hopefully soon I'll have flower pics to post.|
May 26, 2016 9:55 AM CST
|All of the above! I only have Achimenes and a couple of Eucodonias and some hybrids of those with a bit of Smithiantha thrown in. I haven't ever tried growing them from seed. I've looked for seed on the Achimenes occasionally, but if there were any there my eyes aren't good enough to tell me.|
I've been tempted to try Sinningias, but haven't yet.
I grew 2-3 Episcias for a while, but I like plants outside and only one of those could manage that.
May 26, 2016 10:10 AM CST
|I can't remember what all seeds I have, but seems like I may have some Eucodonia seeds. I'll figure it out today. These seeds are several years old, but I've kept them in the refrigerator, so hopefully at least some of them will still germinate.|
I still have a Sinningia leucotricha that I grew from seed years ago that seems to be doing okay and a Sinningia defoliata that I also grew from seed, but I'm not sure it's still alive. The tuber is still firm, but it has no growth at all, so I guess time will tell. Those are the only gessies I have left from my prolific growing days, but hopefully those seeds will do well and I'll have quite a few baby plants soon.
I grew a few Achimenes and Eucodonias at one point, but I never got very big into those. You may need to manually pollinate the Achimenes to ensure that you get seeds. It's not hard to do. And some of the Achimenes may be sterile. I can't really remember about those.
Jul 20, 2016 6:34 PM CST
|Well .... Hello there RainGazer! It's great to see you here!|
I remember you from over on DG and I remember that you had bunches and bunches of beautiful Gessies! Life does get in the way of plants sometimes! I began losing my Gesneriads and a few other plants when my mom got sick. For a couple of years I was traveling back and forth to stay with her and I'd be gone for two or three weeks at a time until she passed so I just let all of my Gesneriads fade away and never got back into growing them. I recently came across an old photo of one of my plant stands with AV's, Chirita (now Primulina?), Episcia's etc. and it made me think "maybe" I should start a collection again but I quickly lost that thought! I'm getting too old and my attention span gets shorter and shorter with each passing year. I do currently have two un-named Walmart AV's that aren't looking so great due to the fact that they got stuck on a table in a corner and were quickly forgotten. :sigh:
Anyway, it's great to see you here and I look forward to seeing and hearing about your plants!
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