Sunday, November 30, 2014

A comment on Primulina from John Boggan

Primulina 'Chastity' - John Boggan hybrid
Story # 144,

            When I started this blog I considered not allowing comments because it would be time consuming to keep current with replies.  Not to worry.  Most readers are too busy to comment.

            But the comments that I have gotten are thoughtful and valuable.  Since not all comments are noticed, I am copying John Boggan’s observations on Primulinas.  John has released these registered Primulina hybrids:  ‘Sweet Dreams’, ‘Silver Surfer’, ‘Moonlight’, Dreamtime’, ‘Chastity’ and ‘Blue Moon’.

 He has these important observations about Primulina’s durability and potential as a houseplant: 

Where I think the primulinas have a huge advantage, certainly over african violets, is that most of them are very attractive foliage plants (especially many of Peter Shalit's recent creations). The flowers are a bonus on top of what is already a nice plant. Moreover, they are generally easy to grow and fairly tolerant of neglect, especially dry soil. That's a huge advantage over many houseplants. The primary obstacle may be the somewhat brittle leaves and petioles that may make sleeving and shipping tricky, but if you can get these plants onto retail shelves, I think they will sell.
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