Tropicals forum: Bauhinias!!! =O

Views: 657, Replies: 14 » Jump to the end
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Image
EscondidoCal
Jul 27, 2017 2:23 AM CST
Just "discovered" the Bauhinias in the last few days (here somewhere).....after 60+ years of gardening. D'Oh!
Better late than never. Big Grin

Ironically, it turns out I had one all along.....B. yunnanensis, the Chinese (of course!) Climbing Orchid Tree.
It has quietly climbed and over-grown another bushy tree, and is very beautiful in the morning sun.

But what caught my eye (somewhere here) was the B. blakeana, 'Hong Kong Orchid Tree'. I was fortunate
to find them in 5gal at Walter Andersen Nursery in Poway, California, and purchased 2......one to bonsai for
the hummers on the deck, and one to let grow large for the main garden.
Thumb of 2017-07-27/EscondidoCal/ce2941

Would love to see your Bauhinia sp., and get any tips on growing and propagating. Thumbs up





Learn & create something every day.

"Take only pictures. Leave only footprints."
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Image
EscondidoCal
Jul 29, 2017 6:11 PM CST
Surprised no replies in 2 days Shrug!
Maybe this is the wrong forum?

Very excited to find such a beautiful
tree for our hummers. Thumbs up

Hope someone else will add their experience and images to this thread.

Have to find the right pot for the bonsai.....the root ball is 9" X 9".


Learn & create something every day.

"Take only pictures. Leave only footprints."
Name: Scott
Tampa FL (Westchase)
Tropicals Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bromeliad Plumerias Dog Lover
Foliage Fan Orchids Cactus and Succulents
Image
ScotTi
Jul 29, 2017 6:29 PM CST
I have a few of the white and a purple one. The seedlings tend to pop up everywhere in the garden.
Thumb of 2017-07-30/ScotTi/56dfb4

Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Image
EscondidoCal
Jul 29, 2017 7:11 PM CST
Thanks ScotTi.
Great image.

Wish mine produced seeds, but is seedless.
I think it will be easy to propagate with cuttings & air layering,
which will produce a tree sooner anyway.
Learn & create something every day.

"Take only pictures. Leave only footprints."
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Greenhouse Sempervivums Bromeliad
Adeniums Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tropicals Xeriscape Garden Art Plumerias
Image
plantmanager
Jul 29, 2017 7:40 PM CST
I had them when we lived in the Marshall islands, but they won't grow where we are now. I miss them, but my greenhouse isn't large enough to have one.
Handcrafted Coastal Inspired Art SeaMosaics!
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
dyzzypyxxy
Aug 3, 2017 2:40 PM CST
They do have lovely flowers, but as Scott says, here in Florida they are somewhat of an invasive problem with all the seedlings they produce. Possibly in California it isn't so much of a problem given your drier climate.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Image
EscondidoCal
Aug 3, 2017 8:31 PM CST
No problem at all.......B. blakeana, aka 'Hong Kong Orchid Tree", is seedless. Thumbs up

I'm hoping to have a small forest of them next year, if I can get the cuttings and layerings
to take before it gets cold.

I planted one in the garden to let it grow as large as it wants, though will shape it and
anything I trim will become a cutting.

The other one is going in a pot 12"x12". I'm going to cut it by 2/3 to keep it at ~4'x4' on the deck.


Learn & create something every day.

"Take only pictures. Leave only footprints."
Name: Cheryl
Texas (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
Image
ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 3, 2017 8:36 PM CST
I have one tree. And lots of seeds left over. I planted a dozen and all dozen came up. I gave trees away. I have no more room in my yard for trees let alone a sunny spot for one to make pretty flowers. But I tried. I planted 3. The surviving tree ended up in the forest.. It is growing ever so slowly. But when it grows up, I will be able to see it and her flowers in all her glory!
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Image
EscondidoCal
Aug 3, 2017 11:51 PM CST
ShadyGreenThumb said:I have one tree. And lots of seeds left over. I planted a dozen and all dozen came up. I gave trees away. I have no more room in my yard for trees let alone a sunny spot for one to make pretty flowers. But I tried. I planted 3. The surviving tree ended up in the forest.. It is growing ever so slowly. But when it grows up, I will be able to see it and her flowers in all her glory!

Which Bauhinia do you have? Any pics?
"The surviving tree.....It is growing ever so slowly." They're supposed to grow quickly (at least 24" per year for 10yrs)
What happened to the others?

Here are a few pics of the Hong Kong Orchid Tree I plan to pot......I uploaded them to NGA, but they were
sideways, even though they had a scenic perspective (?)
http://cal3d.com/NGA2017/1.jpg
http://cal3d.com/NGA2017/2.jpg
http://cal3d.com/NGA2017/3.jpg






Learn & create something every day.

"Take only pictures. Leave only footprints."
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Image
EscondidoCal
Oct 14, 2017 6:15 PM CST
My potted Hong Kong Orchid just bloomed! Only one, but at least one more coming.

The 2nd plant is in the ground in our garden, and I thought it was dying as it lost all
its leaves, but new leaves are forming. No blooms, though.

Hope to have many blooms next year on both.
Thumb of 2017-10-15/EscondidoCal/4413da

Here is a larger image..... rollover it with your mouse to see a PseudoHDR version that reveals the details hidden in the shadows.


Learn & create something every day.

"Take only pictures. Leave only footprints."
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Image
EscondidoCal
Jan 27, 2018 7:13 PM CST
More blooms coming.......in January?! Thumbs up

These are just on the potted plant.....4 branches with multiple blooms forming.
Thumb of 2018-01-28/EscondidoCal/e9f401 Thumb of 2018-01-28/EscondidoCal/23578e Thumb of 2018-01-28/EscondidoCal/e6eaf1 Thumb of 2018-01-28/EscondidoCal/93dc16
Also several developing on the plant in the ground.
Did not expect blooms this early, but very happy to see them. Smiling

Learn & create something every day.

"Take only pictures. Leave only footprints."
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
Image
ctcarol
Jan 27, 2018 7:46 PM CST
It's been a relatively warm winter in So. Cal., so things are blooming a bit early. Now we just need rain to keep them healthy.
Name: Tofi
Sumatera, Indonesia
Vegetable Grower Butterflies Garden Procrastinator Roses Bookworm Tomato Heads
Tropicals Salvias Plays in the sandbox Frogs and Toads Fruit Growers Sempervivums
Image
tofitropic
Jan 27, 2018 11:50 PM CST
We use B. purpurea, and B variegata flower bud an newly opened flower for stir fry some times.
Never try Bauhinia blakeana though (but those two above are the parents, so might also edible???)
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Image
EscondidoCal
Jan 27, 2018 11:52 PM CST
I found this little blurb about Hong Kong Orchids......I guess it's their regular bloom cycle. https://www.fast-growing-trees...
Hong Kong Orchid Trees bring the winter to life by opening their large, pink to purple blooms that are nearly six inches across. Their fragrant blooms first appear in November, just in time for the holidays and last for an entire 5 months to fill barren landscapes with vivid color.

Strange winter here (San Diego County inland)......predicted to be 90F on Monday, with no rain in sight. Sad

Learn & create something every day.

"Take only pictures. Leave only footprints."
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
Image
ctcarol
Jan 28, 2018 9:38 AM CST
Our typical yo yo weather. Yesterday it was 44 on the porch at 6 am...today it was 61 at 6 am. Sighing!

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Tropicals forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Marilyn and is called "Mixed Coleus"