Friday, December 30, 2016

An Easy Common Name

Lipstick plant buds

          If this was the first time you ever saw this flowering plant, you might think, " This looks like a tube of lipstick."

          The Lipstick Plant is the most recognizable common name for the genus Aeschynanthus.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Another Asian Violet Success!

Primulina 'Loki' grown by Scott in Office

            If Scott, a very casual houseplant grower can do this , what is the World waiting for?

Lipstick Plants for Christmas

Lipstick Plant with many Flowers and Buds

Lipstick Plants (Aeschynanthus) are notorious for random flowering.  This has made them difficult to be commercially produced in flower on a predictable schedule.  This unidentified variety is spectacular right now.

This one will be worth propagating to see if this success can be duplicated?

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Sinningia 'Esther' Project

Sinningia 'Esther' with seed pods

Sinningia ‘Esther’ flowers were easy to pollinate and Sinningia cardinalis-types give you hundreds of seeds.

With S. ‘Esther being a hybrid of uncertain background, the seedlings will be variable.  But, hopefully, they will give a showy cluster of red flowers on upright branching plants.

            Since seedlings will be plentiful and cheap, I can plant 2-3 in a 4” pot for a reasonably priced novel flowering houseplant.