|Primulina 'Diane Marie' - Runner-up Best in Show - Gesneriad|
The word at the DAVS show.
Saturday was the Delaware African Violet and Gesneriad Show and Sale. There were many interesting, superbly grown plants to see and discuss.
Among them, were entries of Primulinas in flower and non-flowering classes. I was fortunate to win Runner-up Best in Show – Gesneriad with my Primulina ‘Diane Marie’. As they say with flower show timing: “You should have seen it two weeks ago when it was really flowering”
Overheard was a visitor who asked about the Asian Violets. Since this was an un-coaxed comment, I had to find out how my preferred common name had come out. The gentleman explained that if we had African Violets, we must have Asian Violets. When I told him that Primulina are native to South China and North Vietnam, it was even more obvious that Asian Violets is the logical name.
Pam was there, so I asked her for another quote. She said: “Primulina are easy to grow! African Violets are too temperamental.” She has switched most of her hobby growing to Primulina.
We talked about their forgiving nature of surviving a dry period. Ray speculated that: “Primulina might be the Succulents of the Gesneriad World”.
But Tom said: “Yes, but not P. ‘Betty’”, which from his experience did not survive. So, the toughness is probably variety specific.
I think that it’s a good analogy. We’ve all been saying that Primulina recover from a drought without damage. So, let’s just call them: The Succulents of the Gesneriad World!”