Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Thursday, September 6, 2018
|String of Hearts - Ceropegia woodii|
String of Hearts
There is no doubt that String of Hearts should be called String of Hearts. Every leaf is perfectly shaped like a Valentine heart, attached to a thread-like stem.
Once rooted, they can trail over the pot by feet.
Perfect for the interior waterfall look, they are grown in small hanging baskets.
Start with a full pot and let them grow and flow.
Look for the green version and get started. Then you can dream about the pink one.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
|String of Peas - Senecio rowleyanus|
Strings of Things
If you want to know what is trending with interior plants, look at Pinterest. I’ve been doing this despite my aversion to these types of time sinkholes.
There are pictures of living spaces decorated with oddly shaped trailing houseplants. It is greenery to give a waterfall look.
As soon as one catches fire, there is a world-wide shortage of these rarely grown trailers. Although, String of Peas (Senecio rowleyanus) has always been here and is available in the international succulent supply-train.
Now I see that the urge to collect plants is back, there are many Strings of Things. If I’m right about demand, production of these trailers is going to be difficult. First, there is no stock supply. They grow slowly, and it takes many pieces to fill out a small pot.
Luckily, many are succulents which make them survive with owners’ erratic watering and low humidity.
I have String of Bananas, String of Beads, String of Dolphins, String of Hearts, etc. There are easily a dozen species that could qualify and if we throw in Rhipsalis, a series of 25 is possible ---- the Strings of Things Collection!
Saturday, August 11, 2018
|String Of Hearts - Pink|
The collectors are coming out of the woodwork. This rare pink form of String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii) is very desirable. If you really want one, what price will you pay?
The eBay market has some reasonable low prices ($14 - $ 36). The catch is that nobody has any quantity. If I ration every customer to 6 pots, I will need 300.
Pink variegated plants grow slowly. It may take a year to get 300 Pots.
Now who should get them …. And at what price?
When there is short supply, most small businesses take care of their best customers. Good Will counts.
Less friendly but fair is ‘First come, First served’ at the ‘Fair Market Price’.
How to determine the market price when there are so few available?
The demand for these pretty pink hearts will never be satisfied!
|String of Hearts - Ceropegia woodii variegata|
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
|String of Dolphins|
Plants can be interesting in any number of ways--- color, flowering, variegation, size or shape.
Common names and novelty help attract casual lookers. We have String of Peas (Senecio rowleyanus), String of Beads (Senecio herrianus), String of Bananas (Senecio herrianus).
Now we’ve found the most clever of them all ---String of Dolphins. By looking at the leaves up close and at the right angle, there is no doubt that this is a Dolphin. The diving Dolphin has one or two fins on its arching body.
I don’t understand how this novel plant (Senecio pregrinus) has not been around. It’s not in commercial production and is still only found from eBay collectors at high prices.
I paid those high prices and am attempting to build stock. So far, it is easy enough. Those indoor gardeners lucky enough to find one will have no trouble growing Dolphins at the windowsill.
Will this be the next internet wonder to sweep through the expanding houseplant craze?
|Diving Dolphin's body|
Monday, July 30, 2018
Chris Beytes, Editor of Grower Talks' Acres Online, visited our Penn State Flower Trials at Landisville and talked to the group with his insights on the horticulture industry. He stopped by my table at the Mini trade show where 15 vendors advertised their plants. He told me that his wife, who has a horticulture background, had recently discovered the Chinese Money Plant and its high price. So, Chris has been following this internet phenomenon.
I am honored that he included my story into his online news and commentary, seen by 23,102 loyal readers around the World.
"I was impressed to learn that Gary Hunter of Gary's Specialty Plants was moving loads of small foliage plants and hanging baskets to area retailers. He got into houseplants from annuals about 8 years ago and now moves a ton of them. He even had the current "it" plant, Pilea peperomioides, in 2.5-inch pots."
|Showing off Chinese Money Plant at Landisville Flower Trials|