Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sinningia 'Li'l Georgie' --- Sailing into the perfect storm!

Sinningia 'Li'l Georgie' grown by Jon Lindstrom

Story # 41,

Sinningia ‘Li’l Georgie’ ------ Sailing into the perfect storm!

      Is the miniature Sinningia ‘Li’l Georgie’ going to enter the market with all the logistics coming together?

      Logistics is the art of getting the right product, with the right price to the right place at the right time.  Good logistics is the coming together of the perfect storm but without everybody dying.

      The micro miniature Sinningia species were available in tiny production during the house plant boom of the 1970’s.  They pretty much disappeared except for dedicated hobbyists who work to successfully grow them.  Plants like S. pusilla and ‘White Sprite’ are grown from seed and do best when growing in high humidity areas like terrariums.

      The breakthrough with the hybrid, ‘Li’l Georgie’, (a cross of S. concinna and muscicola) is that it will grow and flower without a closed container ------ but in an open pot.

      This exceptional hybrid by Jim Steuerlein has no practical propagation method other than tissue culture.

      The tissue culture protocols are close to being worked out to produce this amazing little plant.  I have one that has flowered non-stop for two years.

      The market for small plants is booming with the revival of terrariums and now the sudden interest in Fairy Gardens and other Miniature Gardens.  Miniature foliage plants are being sorted out but no good mini flowering plant is available in quantity.

          With Sinningia 'Li'l Georgie', that is about to change!

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