|Sinningia 'Prudence Risley' grown by Jim Steuerlein, hybridizer|
Story # 9, Part I
Sinningia ‘Prudence Risley’ has a lot going for it. It has multiple trumpet shaped red flowers on a mid-sized compact plant.
It was released in 2009 by an amateur hybridizer, Jim Steuerlein, and rapidly circulated into Gesneriad flower shows around the U. S. and Canada.
I learned about it through the story in CrossWords, the newsletter from the Gesneriad Society’s ‘Hybridizing’ interest group. Jim showed the original plant being grown outside as a patio plant in Florida.
Since this could be tried as a ‘Plant for Planters’, I had to have this one.
I found some on eBay and bought plants for a lot of money. By contacting amateur growers who were winning ribbons in Gesneriad flower shows with ‘Prudence Risley’, I was getting the impression that it was a good plant.