Monday, March 10, 2008

New Sinningia specosia

Charles Lawn hybridized this fabulous flower which was shared on the Gesneriad list. Please check out to keep up on the latest in the world of gesneriads.

A Companion Plant...

Here's something that I haven't tried growing under fluorescent lights before. Although this isn't a gesneriad, what a colorful, fun plant to try growing beside the violets! Here's the story by guest blogger Sharon.

I have always limited the plants growing under lights to African violets and gesneriads simply because I like them and don't want to waste the space on ordinary plants. On Valentines Day I bought a miniature rose plant. Cute little thing I must say. It sat on my kitchen table but many of the buds didn't open and it started to look pathetic.

After examining the roots, which were very hearty, I transplanted it into a slightly larger pot with a light soil mix of sphagnum peat moss, perlite and vermiculite. Then I placed it under my grow lights. It has been less than one month and I have new growth and it now looks very healthy. I am hopping it will bloom.

The one thing that has surprised me is the need for water. It does not like to be even slightly dry. If it does dry out a bit the leaves turn yellow and drop off the plant.