Monday, April 23, 2012

Will there ever be a Sinningia better than 'Prudence Risley'?

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.

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