Monday, May 7, 2012

What would you do if you had the best Streptocar[us in the world?

Streptocarpus 'Harlequin Blue' by Dibley's Greenhouse, U. K.
Story # 15, Part II

            In 2010 the Royal Horticulture Society at the Chelsea Flower Show selected a Streptocarpus as Plant of the Year.  Dibley’s Greenhouse won this award for ‘Harlequin Blue’, a blue and yellow bicolor which is very striking.

            This is like winning the Super Bowl in the English plant world.

            Since Dibley’s do not ship into the United States, this great plant is mostly unavailable.  Fortunately, ‘Harlequin Blue’ has been bootlegged into the collections of hobbyist and has shown up on eBay occasionally.

            I have eight plants. From these stock plants, plants can be propagated to sell through selected retail outlets.  By simple supply and demand, they will be expensive.

            I’ve been told that a well grown plant of ‘Harlequin Blue’ looks like Easter-----yellow and egg shell blue.

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