Monday, May 30, 2016

How to get picked by Google search?

Primulina RED 'Loki' grown by Joan Santino

How to get picked by Google Search?

            There is a science to SEO – Search Engine Optimization.

            But the easiest way is to write on Google’s FREE blog --- Blogger.  Write about something so obscure that no one else has done it and you win the search report.

            If you search for “Primulina RED ‘Loki’”, the first nine stories are mine.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Comments worth sharing...

Primulina 'Chastity'- hybrid by John Boggan
      Comments on Blogs are often overlooked, so I’m copying these into the lead.

            From John Boggan, a plantsman, who has introduced several Primulina hybrids.

“This is the beauty of primulinas, and why I think they have a lot of potential as commercial house plants: the foliage is so beautiful, even without flowers, and they are just so easy to grow.

            My response is if you want something to happen, tell your friends.

I think that the testing is complete. Primulina can survive as a houseplant. Now it will be the ramp-up stage. Can the distribution gain any traction? Will the supply be able to find any demand?
Initially it will be friends telling friends to try one.”

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Mystery of the RED 'Loki' Continues...

Primulina 'Loki' - Red grown by Joan Santino

            This well grown Primulina ‘Loki’ by Joan Santino, shown at the Springfield AVS Show, renews the continuing question:  What causes some ‘Loki’ to show attractive Red hairs while others,  like mine, to be all green.

            There has been much speculation by Gesneriad growers who have helped me try to deduce the environmental answer.

            We think that it is not high light, low temperature or low Phosphorous.
            My bet was that there are two clones.  But I would have lost all of my money.  When I propagated a leaf from Joe’s Red plants, all of the babies came out green.  So no mutation or distinctive clones.  It has to be some other trick.

            When I asked Joan about her Red plant she told me it is grown warm, under lights.  The new clue is that she had used high Phosphorous fertilizer, 5-50-17 for about 8 weeks leading up to the show.

            All of my ‘Loki’s are green.  I use 15-5-15 Ca Mg --- low Phosphorous.

            Is this it?  High Phosphorous = RED

            Why does it matter?  After seeing Joan’s stunning Red ‘Loki’, it’s worth seeking out the Red manipulator.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Watched Pot...

Primulina yungfuensis-Propagation - 8 weeks

  The watched pot never boils. 

         From three leaves to twenty plants to a hundred small leaves, I’ve been trying to propagate Frosted Jade as fast as possible.  I used small leaves because that’s all I had.  They rooted but I was unsure if any plantlets would come up.  So I looked at them every day.  Nothing --- until I was away and didn’t look at them for days.

            Almost all the small leaves have babies coming up.  It’s almost too good to be true.  This species of Primulina has everything good going for it --- distinctive, stunning variegated foliage on a vigorous plant.  And now, one more feature --- rapid and easy propagation.

            By Fall, I’ll have several hundred salable plants.  And most likely, I’ll have small plants for the July Gesneriad convention in Wilmington DE. 

            You must have one of these Frosted Jade plants.  Prove to yourself that this is an amazing find.  From a weed in China to successful houseplant.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

More Success with Asian Violets...

Primulina 'Loki' grown by Scott - repeat flowering

Can Asian Violets become common houseplants?

Asian Violets will not gain momentum as houseplants without success by everybody who tries them.  This picture shows the second round of flowering under office conditions by Scott.  And the foliage is perfect. It has nearby window light but mostly office fluorescent light.  The only change has been the addition of a felt wick to aid the watering ---- less frequent, because the ceramic pot has a water reservoir.  

            The previous flowering in December is shown below.

            To reflower under the less than ideal office conditions should move Primulina to the top of the list of easy houseplants.

Primulina 'Loki' flowering five months ago.