Alberto Grossi crinum@libero.it
Mon, 27 Nov 2006 12:35:17 PST
the only thing I know is that you have to hand-pollinate them. The fresh seeds have to be sowed immediately.


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Date      : Tue, 28 Nov 2006 06:25:16 +1000
Subject : Re: [pbs] OT-Cochliostema

> Alberto and Steve et al,
> I have three clones of Cochliostema odoratissimum they are very easy to 
> distinguish from one another as their leaves are differen colours. One has 
> totally purple foliage another has a purple edge along its leaves and the 
> last one I acquired as totally green however I am finding that as it gets a 
> little older there is a slight colour to the edge of its leaves.
> They were not growing very well in the medium I first used and when I looked 
> at the roots they just looked to be a little epiphytic so I potted them into 
> a 10mm bark that is available here in Australia. It is the best thing since 
> sliced bread besides qloxinty and they have taken off.
> I have not flowered any of them yet however I believe that will now only be 
> a matter of time since their growth rates are now better. Does anyone have 
> any tips to set seed as I would like to give it a try when and if I can.
> Kind Regards and Best Wishes
> Ron Redding
> Hervey Bay
> Australia
> >From: Steve Marak <samarak@gizmoworks.com>
> >Reply-To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> >To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> >Subject: Re: [pbs] OT-Cochliostema
> >Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2006 22:37:13 -0600 (CST)
> >
> >On Thu, 23 Nov 2006, Alberto Grossi wrote:
> >
> > > Hi All, I am looking for this amazing member of Commelinaceae, 
> >Cochliostema
> > > odoratissimum. Does anyone know where to find fresh seeds? To import 
> >such
> > > plants to Italy is impossible as they stop about two months at the 
> >custom!
> > > Many thanks.
> >
> >Alberto,
> >
> >I don't know of any seed source, if you find one I'd like to know also. I 
> >don't
> >even know of any commercial sources for plants.
> >
> >Clearly not a geophyte, but I agree it's amazing. I had wanted this plant 
> >for
> >years, and a friend at a botanical garden managed to get me an offset. I 
> >had it
> >for several years, and it seemed happy in my greenhouse, grew well, and
> >flowered at least twice a year, but I was never able to get seed from
> >self-pollination (or cross-pollination from some other Commelinaceae I 
> >grow).
> >The flowers are as fragrant as the name suggests and incredibly blue.
> >
> >After 4-5 years, and with no change I could find in my culture, it started 
> >to
> >look sickly and was dead within a few weeks. I still have no idea what
> >happened. I'm always disappointed to kill a plant, though I've certainly 
> >killed
> >my share and then some, but usually accept it as part of the price of
> >admission. But this was one of my most favorite plants, and I really hated
> >losing it.
> >
> >Steve
> >
> >
> >-- Steve Marak
> >-- samarak@gizmoworks.com
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