Sinningia - TOW

Floral Artistry
Mon, 08 Dec 2003 09:19:27 PST
I just thought I would put in an update on this old
subject (but a passion of mine in case you can't
I have made contact with a woman in Australia that has
been working on some hybrids. Her goal was for
greenhouse /florist quality plants. Her hybrids are
2-3' tall and flower for 4-5 months. I have asked for
permission to post some of her photos to the wiki.
I'll see what she says. They are all pretty
When I told here that I wanted to get plants to use
for landscape use, she was amused. For her, the garden
is where her discards go. But she did say they don't
flower as well in a garden situation as in a pot.
Maybe soil fertilitiy issues? 
Anyway, we have been chatting about other species to
use to get some fresh material into her breeding
program. I'm encouraging her to use some of the
shrubbier plants such as Paliavana and Vanhouttea. 
Vanhoutteas are cooler montain plants and may impart
some hardiness for those furthur up the coast than I.
Paliavana are larger growing shrubs (some to 6'+) and
really large flowers (most species are green or brown
though). Some of these species are also a little more
drought tolerant. All good genes to work with. 
She has also used leucotricha and iarae as parents
which is great. Lecuo. adds some nice foliage to all
it's hybrids.
I'll keep you all updated about the photos. 
She will be sending me some seeds of her hybrids to
grow on. Maybe I can convince her to send enough of
them to offer some for others to try. 

John Ingram in L.A., CA. 
Soon to become check it out soon

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