Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Does anybody grow Primulina in quantity?

Primulina production in Florida

       I visited this wholesale commercial greenhouse in Florida in January. Several hundred Hanging Baskets are progressing toward flowering to be shipped to northern garden centers.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

What if you don't get enough flowers?

Primulina 'Xuan's Party Dress'

                                        Get more plants.

       I left the dead flower on to show that the third bud opens about when the first flower goes past.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Asian Violet with many small flowers

Primulina 'Xuan's Party Dress'

My second ‘Xuan’s Party Dress’ has two small light blue flowers and will have many more.

            This is more subtle that the modern African Violet.  But it is good enough to make you happy.

            This hybrid could be a commercial plant today.  60 years ago, African Violets were modest but dedicated hybridization improved them.

            Be happy for the Asian Violets we have today.

Monday, February 3, 2020

What a difference a day makes.

Primulina 'Xuan's Party Dress' - First Flower

                                         What a difference a day makes.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

An Asian Violet, a windowsill, a flower...

Primulina ''Xuan's Party Dress'

There are many casual houseplant lovers.  Maybe they are 95% of the indoor plant owners who have a few plants.  There are 5% who really care and look for the new trendy plants and know their names.  Within that group are .01% who are dedicated hobbyists who support hobby societies and study the plant world.

Commercial growers want to attract the 95% who like the ‘tried and true’ ---- Spider plants, snake plants and Philodendron.  The national mail order brand, The Sill, announced that their top selling houseplant for 2019 was Pothos.  Why?  Because it lives.

What if that ‘sure thing’ list included Asian Violets?  The pictured plants are Primulina ‘Xuan Party Dress’, an interesting new hybrid from China with a very different all silver leaf.  It lives on my kitchen windowsill and has decided to flower.

Seth Godin and others who promote ‘Word of Mouth’ marketing, keep it simple.  You must have something to talk about before it works.  If I were a causal plant grower, I would tell a friend that my Asian Violet is gong to flower, all by itself.

And I have.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

What if your houseplant only lasted for five years?

Primulina 'Loki'  - 5 years 

What if your houseplant only lasted for five years?

            My Primulina ‘Loki’ lives at the west kitchen window.  Previous blog stories show that it has been growing there for 4-5 years.

            It gets water and light, never had any fertilizer.  The flower bud count is down to 2, so maybe it’s showing that some fertilizer would help.        

However, it does show that fertilizing houseplants has little to do with success.  Water without drowning and light is what matters.

If you would want to design a flowering houseplant that could live for years and flower occasionally, you would have difficulty.

But, look----we have that plant ---Primulina.

Like an African Violet –but better!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

'Silver Glory' String of Hearts

'Silver Glory' - credit web image
‘Silver Glory’

            Who knew?

            I had a reader ask how many kinds of String of Hearts there are?  At the time, I thought it was one and only, Ceropegia woodii, String of Hearts.

            Then a sister plant showed up ---- Ceropegia linearis woodii ---- now called ‘Heartless’ String of Daggers.  The demand for this is endless.

            Luckily, the internet allows new ideas and pictures to flow around the world instantly.  I looked at the right time and found ‘Silver Glory’ String of Hearts.  The heart shaped leaves are solid silver on the outside giving a distinctive look ---- different from the traditional green and silver.

            Assuming that ‘Silver Glory’ will be stable in propagation, this will be a winner.